365 Days of Slow Cooking: Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil and Chives
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil and Chives

Although this looks like mashed potatoes it's actually not. It's mashed cauliflower. Mashed cauliflower is a great way to feel like you're eating mashed potatoes with a fraction of the calories. This side dish is seasoned with garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese to make it perfectly tasty for kids and adults alike.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese

If you want to eat a creamy, comforting side dish without all the calories, this is a good choice. Although it doesn't taste like mashed potatoes it can be served in the place of mashed potatoes. My kids and I both really liked this mashed cauliflower. 

Recipe for Cauliflower puree with parmesan and chives

If you're vegan, you totally don't need the parmesan cheese. But I added it because it's a lower calorie cheese and it adds a ton of flavor. If you're having a low cal Thanksgiving this year, this would be a good choice! I'm definitely not going to have a low cal Thanksgiving but I won't stop you from doing that :)

Mashed cauliflower with garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil and chives
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Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil and Chives
Makes 4-6 servings
Cooking time: 4-6 hours

1 1/2 lbs of cauliflower florets (I bought mine at Costco they were already cut up and washed)
4 peeled whole garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tsp kosher salt, divided
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped chives, for serving

1.  Place cauliflower florets into the slow cooker.
2.  Fill slow cooker with water until it covers cauliflower.  Add a bay leaf to the water.
3.  Dump in the garlic cloves and 1/2 tsp of salt.
4.  Cover and cook on HIGH for about 4 hours, or until cauliflower is very tender or LOW for about 6 hours.
5.  Remove lid and drain off all water (I placed mine in a colander).  Discard the bay leaf.
6.  Place cauliflower back into slow cooker and add in the olive oil and Parmesan and 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.  Mash using a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Or alternately, you can pour cauliflower into food processor or blender and puree (that's what I ended up doing).
7.  Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with chives.  Serve!

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  1. Yummmmm! I like to put mine into a blender and it whips it up like potatoes...this recipe sounds delicious! Will make it tomorrow night :)

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  3. I love this easy substitute for mashed potatoes! they sound delicious