Rich Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is a great replacement for mashed potatoes on low-carb diets, but it’s absolutely delicious regardless of one’s diet. Note: there’s a vegan version, here.

Rich Cauliflower Mash
Yield: 6 servings // calories 131, net carbs 3.66 grams

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets, or 12 oz. frozen, riced cauliflower
1 stick of celery, sliced very thinly (optional)
2 cups organic chicken broth or vegetable stock
3-5 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup dehydrated onion
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
2 ounces organic, pasture-raised cream cheese
2 tablespoons organic, pasture-raised sour cream (optional)
1/2 cup (2 oz) Kerrygold shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1/4 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Crumbled pasture-raised bacon (optional)

Place cauliflower florets (or pre-riced cauliflower) and celery in a large saucepan with chicken stock to cover, add the garlic cloves, bay leaf, and dehydrated onion, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until very tender, about 12 minutes (or just until pre-riced cauliflower has thawed, 2 minutes). Drain thoroughly through a fine sieve and return to the pot over low heat. Cook about 2 more minutes to dry out excess moisture, stirring constantly.

Add cauliflower to a food processor and add butter, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onion, salt and pepper. Pulse to combine. Alternatively, for a chunkier result, you can mash with a potato masher. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Reheat before serving, if necessary.