Friday, November 21, 2014

Mashed Cauliflower

So I always seem to have this problem, where when I try to cook something really healthy, I end up adding so much stuff to it to make it taste good that whatever I'm making ends up being decidedly not healthy in the end. Such was the problem with mashed cauliflower. It never seemed to have enough flavor and wasn't quite the right texture, so I'd add tons of butter, cream, cheese, and whatever else I could find to the point that it was probably worse for me than regular old mashed potatoes.

Then I found this recipe, which includes a turnip. Yep, you read that correctly. It may have been the first time I've ever actually had a turnip in my life. I was always scared of them because my American Girl doll, Molly, had to eat turnips in one of her books and thought they were awful (I think until her mom added some cinnamon and milk to them and mashed them up? Yeah, I agree, it's pretty weird that I remember that).

So anyways, one of our Plated meals included a cauliflower mash that included a turnip, and it was so good without having to add tons of extra calories to it.  Of course, I added garlic, because, duh, and the rest is history.

Turns out, turnips aren't so scary after all.

Mashed Cauliflower (adapted from Plated)
serves 4

1 head of cauliflower, cut into chunks
1 turnip, peeled and cut into chunks
4 cloves of garlic, whole
2 TB butter
1 TB fresh chives, chopped
Salt and pepper

Add cauliflower, turnip, and garlic to a large pot and cover completely with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to pot. Add butter and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in chives. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Follow along with everything Kristina does via Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!


  1. What? This recipe really intrigues me! I am all about eating healthier lately and have definitely been look for more options. I think I will have to try this out! I love mashed potatoes but not the calories that go with it. Garlic and chives? I'm down. I just need to get ahold of that turnip. Thanks for this fab foodie idea! xx

    Fashion | Travel | Food
    Jo from

    You can find me on Facebook for more regular updates:

  2. Haha, I remember little things like that too. This sounds so good, and healthy! I love any kind of cauliflower so I will definitely be making this!

    prosecco in the park

  3. Ok I had the same experience! NEVER thought to add a turnip. So trying this - my stomach is growling!!

  4. I HATE to peel potatoes to make mashed potatoes, but this sounds like a great way to avoid that and find a yummy healthy alternative to them!


  5. Yes! Or even sometimes "healthy" recipes aren't even that healthy because whatever they removed to make it healthy is substituted with excess amounts of something else unhealthy. But this looks like a failsafe but yummy healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing :)


  6. Oh, this is great recipe! I'm always searching for healthy and delicious stuff!

  7. Bahahaha, I totally think of Molly the American Girl doll when I see or hear about turnips, too!! I was an American Girl doll fanatic as a kid...hahaha. But seriously, though, this looks delicious.