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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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!