The holiday season is upon us!!!
If you’re like me and follow a low carb diet throughout the year, the holidays can really be rough! Between the cookies, pies, cakes and my favorite sides such as mashed potatoes, potato salad, pasta, stuffing, etc. it can be really hard not to indulge.
So over the years I’ve learned to “hack” my favorite recipes converting them from high carb to an equally delicious low carb holiday recipe.
First up, is the …..
Mock Mashed Potatoes
1 large head cauliflower, cored, and cut into florets (do not use frozen, as it will come out too watery)
1 tablespoon cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp low sodium vegetable stock powder
Generous dash ground black pepper
chives and butter or sour cream for garnish (optional)
1-Fill a large saucepan or soup pot about 1/2 full of water.
2-Over a high flame, bring the water to a full rolling boil.
3-Add the cauliflower and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until very tender.
4-Drain well in a colander.
5-Place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to help remove excess moisture, or run through a salad spinner if you have one. Do not burn yourself, but try not to let the cauliflower get too cold either.
6-Place the warm cauliflower in your blender or food processor.
7-Add all of the remaining ingredients except your garnish.
8-Put the cover on and pulse repeatedly until all the ingredients are blended well and have the consistency of mashed potatoes. Don’t over blend; leave some lumps, or the “potatoes” will start to get too runny.
9-Scrape out into a serving bowl. Garnish with a sprinkle of chives and pats of butter or some sour cream on the side.
If you want to make this at least 30 minutes ahead, grease a casserole dish, place the ‘mash’ into it, and place in a 325F oven to dry out the mock mashed potatoes a bit and make them crispy on top. Then serve hot with your choice of garnish as desired.
Make and Freeze
This recipe will freeze well. Use as part of your own homemade low carb TV dinners. Re-heat for 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave, let stand, stir and enjoy.
Net carbs for whole dish=21
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