Saturday, September 16, 2006

Making Mashed Cauliflower (aka Faux-tatoes)

When you start livin' la vida low-carb, there are certain foods that you know will not be a part of your new healthy lifestyle any longer. While some people say they are just too unwilling to give up these foods they think they can't live without, those of us who have been on the Atkins diet have simply learned to adjust our eating habits in such a way that we find other options to replace those "comfort foods" we enjoyed so much prior to going on low-carb.

One such food is potatoes. As much as people think they MUST have potatoes or their life will end, the truth is potatoes are decided unhealthy for your body and cause just as much of a rise in your blood sugar as eating chocolate cake. GASP! But I thought potatoes were a vegetable and aren't all veggies good for you, Jimmy? In a word, NOPE! The starchy vegetables are jam-packed with carbohydrates that your body simply does not need.

So what is a low-carber to do who likes the taste of potatoes, but doesn't want all those carbs to keep them from losing weight and getting healthy? You could shell out some money for pre-packaged potato-alternative products like Imitaters or Instant Mashers. But you could just make your own as my friend Kent Altena shows you in his latest Atkins cooking video.


This was the second how-to cook for the Atkins diet video Kent made (Click here to see his first one about making a low-carb Mock Danish) and mashed cauliflower is a favorite among people who are livin' la vida low-carb. I have yet to meet anyone who can tell the difference between this amazing side dish and traditional mashed potatoes. And yet the carbohydrate count is immensely different.

Here are the ingredients you will need for the Faux-tatoes:

1 Head Cauliflower or One Bag of Frozen Cauliflower
2.5 TBS Butter
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
1 Chicken Bouillon cube
1 tsp salt
White pepper to taste

Quick and Easy Directions:

1. Cook Cauliflower until fork tender. Drain well.
2. Place cooked cauliflower and other ingredients (crush bouillon cube first) into the food processor. Run on high until consistency of mashed potatoes. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl a couple times to prevent lumps.

Serve to your friends and family and let them be amazed.

I enjoyed the end of this video when Kent had his 12-year old and 8-year old daughters try a bite and give their reaction to the Faux-tatoes recipe. If you haven't seen these adorable girls, then watch the video so you can see them for yourself. There's even a quick cameo of Kent's wife holding the dog at the very end and you can definitely tell where the girls get their good looks from. :D

THANKS again, Kent! These cooking videos are superb because people are always wondering what those of us on the low-carb lifestyle eat. Um, it's called food! Duh! LOL! Keep it going, buddy! Leave your comments for Kent about his latest video at his blog.

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Blogger April said...

Hi Jimmy,

You know I love you and your blog, so don't get offended that I am posting my competing and not as low carb but lower calorie mashed cauliflower recipe.

Lots of cauliflower, steamed
1/4 cup of nonfat plain yogurt
garlic or garlic powder
half-salt or no-salt salt substitute
dried chives on top for color if you want
top with one teaspoon flax oil after removing from heat.

Mash, eat. I think it's better than any mashed potatoes I ever had. Cauliflower just has more flavor than potatoes. And all that cruciferous goodness! Very important for everyone, but especially anyone with cancer concerns.


9/16/2006 7:25 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS, April! Yours is still pretty low-carb, so feel free to post recipes like this anytime. THANKS for dropping by and for your faithful readership to my blog. SEE YA!

9/16/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger MICHELLE! said...

oh my...that sounds so good i'm just gonna have to try that! by the way do you know about how many net carbs are in these faux-tatoes?

9/17/2006 3:17 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Sounds yummy: why not replace the nonfat yogurt with real yogurt and top with some butter and it's even better-tasting and healthier!

9/17/2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Kent said...

The recipe makes at least 6 servings, so the per serving amounts are:
105 Calories
9g Fat
5g Carbs
2.2g Fiber (i.e. approx 3g net carbs)
2.5g Protein

Those are numbers I don't think anyone would quarrel.

9/17/2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ironically, I'm discussing Mashed Fauxtatoes in the HHX podcast#4! For my money, it ain't mashed fauxtatoes without a 50/50 mix of Cauliflower and Turnip (Thanks, Dana Carpender!) and some garlic powder and fresh cracked black pepper.

Sadly, I hafta skip the bullion cubes, as I seem to be allergic to something in most brands of them.

9/19/2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger Nicholas Bencivengo said...

Add some fresh grated parmesan cheese to the recipe. This adds a wonderful flavor and acts as a thickener for more body.

8/15/2007 9:10 PM  

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