Amazing “Mock” Mashed Potatoes – A Healthy Alternative

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This past week at work, a coworker was talking to me about her sister’s cooking. She said her sister had been trying lots of new ways to cook healthy from zucchini cake, to homemade pizza, and more.

Her most recent meal had been mock mashed potatoes or, in other words, mashed cauliflower.

I instantly pursed my lips in distaste. I don’t like cauliflower, I rarely eat it, and, honestly, I’d rather eat nothing then consider trying cauliflower.Mock Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower

I laughed as I told this to my coworker and she shook her head emphatically saying, “No, it was actually really good! I liked it, my kids loved it, and we couldn’t even tell it was cauliflower not potatoes!”

Of course, I didn’t believe her, but, because I’ve been trying lots of new recipes lately, I figured I could give it a try. If it didn’t turn out good I just wouldn’t be making it again.

I looked online for a good recipe and came across this great looking one on food network. I modified it a bit to fit my tastes and garnished it with bacon, chia seeds, and cheddar cheese.

I dished it out for my kids, but didn’t tell them what it was. Conner, my 5 year old, is even more picky about what he eats then I am and I was certain that if he knew what it was, he wouldn’t even try it.

He doesn’t like trying new things and he definitely  doesn’t like vegetables and most fruits. It took almost two years before he’d even try ice cream or anything sweet!

I gave each of my sons their dish and told them we could eat it now. Jackson instantly began eating his. It was clear he couldn’t tell there was anything different…or he just didn’t care.
The 3 Week Diet
Jackson has always been the opposite towards food then Conner is. He loves vegetables, fruits, and just about anything you give him. Whether it’s new or not, he will eat whatever is put in front of him.

Carefully, I watched Conner as he took a bite. He didn’t pull any faces, he didn’t gag the way he often does when he’s given vegetables; he ate it normally, just as he usually would with mashed potatoes.

I watched him take a couple more bites, then asked him what he thought of them and he just smiled saying, “It’s good!”

I couldn’t believe it! I still hadn’t tried mine so I took a bite and was very surprised to find that yes they were good! More than good, they were amazing! They didn’t taste just like mashed potatoes like my coworker had said, but they had their own taste that was similar to mashed potatoes. Bottom line, I would make them again. Not just sometime down the road whenever it works out; I’m planning on adding those to my monthly menus 🙂The 3 Week Diet

My family absolutely loves mashed potatoes, but they’re very starchy, filled with carbs, and just not as healthy for you. I found the cauliflower to be much more filling, and, while I’ll admit I still like mashed potatoes better, the cauliflower was very good and something I’d definitely recommend you try!

With that said, here’s the recipe I used to make them!

Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients
Mock Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower
Mock Mashed Potatoes
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A healthy alternative to starchy mashed potatoes that you and your family will love!
Servings Prep Time
4-5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Mock Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower
Mock Mashed Potatoes
Print Recipe
A healthy alternative to starchy mashed potatoes that you and your family will love!
Servings Prep Time
4-5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time
10 Minutes
Ingredients
Optional
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Put a small pan of water on the stove to boil.
  2. As it cooks, thoroughly wash the cauliflower and cut it up into small pieces.
    Mock Mashed Potatoes
  3. Once the water boils, add the cauliflower and let cook for 7-12 minutes. (However, long it takes to be cooked through pretty well.)
  4. Pull out the bacon and cook 4-5 strips in another pan. I cooked mine to be extra crispy because that’s how I like it when it’s added to a main dish.
    Crispy Bacon
  5. Once the cauliflower is done, drain out the water and pat the cauliflower as dry as you can get it. (You’ll need several paper towels.)
  6. After the cauliflower has been patted dry, put it into a food processor. (I actually used my incredible Vitamix blender because I don’t have a food processor and it did a great job!)
  7. Add the butter, chicken base, and cream cheese then start the blender on low. Slowly increase the speed until it’s at medium speed.
  8. As the blender is running, pour in the cream and add the parmesan cheese. Blend everything together until it’s smooth and creamy then dump it into a mixing bowl.
  9. Add the black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix all three in really well.
  10. Finish it up, by garnishing the top with chia seeds, parseley, and cheddar cheese! I didn’t have parsley this first time but it would have made an excellent addition!
    Mock Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower
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This should make enough to serve 4-5 people. Dish it out and enjoy!

What did you think of this recipe? Have you tried Mock Mashed Potatoes before? Let me now by leaving a comment below!

Thanks for reading!

-Jessica

Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!
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6 comments

  1. RuthM says:

    This sounds great! Although I must admit I slightly gagged at the thought of mashed caulioflower. I am trying ot get rid of my post baby tummy at the moment, and in doing so trying to stay away from carbs.

    So if this is as tasty as you say, it could be a lifesaver.

    I’ll try it and let you know!

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I don’t blame you at all. I gagged too when I first heard of it. I really don’t like cauliflower and before trying this it’d been a good couple years since the last time I’d eaten any.

      I was really surprised by how much I liked this and definitely plan on making it again in the future 🙂 I think you’ll be surprised if you try it. It’s a great way to help with a low carb diet!

  2. Jessica says:

    Wow, I have never heard of mock mashed potatoes. I myself don’t like cauliflower I always thought it just didn’t have enough flavor. And again i also have a child that doesn’t like to eat vegetables. He will eat fruit but not vegetables so if I could sneak some into his mealtimes without him knowing great. I am definitely going to try this recipe.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I agree in that they usually don’t have enough flavor. With everything added here though they have more than enough and really are very good. I couldn’t believe it when Conner ate his without pulling a single face or pushing the dish away. He is not a vegetable person either!

      If you do end up trying this, I’d love if you came back and let me know what you thought of it 🙂

      -Jessica

  3. Matt's Mom says:

    Ok, you have me sold! I am going to try making these. I LOVE mashed potatoes and it would be a good way to get my son to eat cauliflower. Plus I don’t have to worry about eating so many carbs. It looks delicious and I have printed the recipe. I will be looking for more recipes from you like this 🙂 I will keep the site bookmarked just in case you run across something else like this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jessica Camden says:

      I couldn’t believe how much I loved these. I really don’t like cauliflower. Before making this it had been over 10 years since the last time I had it. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try these and my coworker really raved about them.

      I was so surprised to find that I really did like them once they were done and Conner eating them at as well without a second thought sealed the deal for me. We’re going to be making this a lot more often. 🙂

      After you try it, I’d love if you came back and let me know how what you and your family think of them. I’m also very interested in hearing how your son likes them. I’ll definitely be posting more recipes soon.

      Thank you reading and I wish you all the best!

      -Jessica