Monday, March 22, 2010

Pureed Cauliflower with Goat Cheese

A healthy alternative to mashed potatoes or rice is puréed cauliflower. Since I decided to cut down on my carbs in the evening, I made my first batch last week when I was craving something starchy. I almost ate the whole bowl it was SO good.

1 small head cauliflower
water for steaming
2 teaspoons Heart Healthy butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Discard any leaves that may cling to the stem, then break up the cauliflower head. Make sure all of the pieces are around the same size so that they cook evenly.
Put the cauliflower in a flat-bottomed skillet (with a matching lid) and enough water around the cauliflower so that it is halfway covered. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover tightly and steam until tender. Don’t let the cauliflower become too soft though. I cooked my cauliflower for around 12 minutes and it was perfect.
Once the cauliflower is cooked, turn off the heat. Using a slotted spoon, put about half the cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor. Add the garlic and process quickly in short bursts of five or ten seconds. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl and add the rest of the cauliflower.

When the cauliflower looks like mashed potatoes, transfer it to a large glass bowl. Add the butter, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Mix in the goat cheese and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds so it melts. Enjoy on its own or with some veggies and a steamed chicken breast!


  1. OMG that sounds so good! will definitely be trying that out!

  2. WOW I am definitely making that this weekend! Sounds so good!