My friend Jeanine recently underwent an extreme makeover of her eating habits. Due to health problems she was commanded by her doctor to make drastic changes, eliminating all carbohydrates and most dairy from her diet. This has been a real challenge for her.
I’ll have to admit that I too get a bit overwhelmed when I read the long list of things she cannot eat. Since making these changes, she has seen considerable improvements in her health, but she still misses some of her favorite starchy comfort foods. I have been trying to help her adapt some dishes to satisfy her cravings while staying withing her guidelines.
Though mashed potatoes are delicious made from spuds and dripping with butter, they are a definite no-no on her plan. This version is made with cauliflower and contains no dairy, other than one egg (technically a protein). If you wish to make these vegan, you could easily leave the egg out. I love horseradish so I add a little, but that is optional. If you are not avoiding dairy, you could also melt cheese on top of the dish. It is important with this recipe to not boil the cauliflower, allowing it to absorb more water, which would then make the final dish seem soupy. Make certain though that you cook the vegetable long enough for it to be tender and blend it until it is smooth…no lumps in this dish!
Though my kids weren’t exactly thrilled to be given faux potatoes, Jeanine liked them and was glad to enjoy something that would have otherwise been taboo.