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Cauliflower Mash – Great Option to Starchy Mashed Potatoes

About a year ago I switched from being on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to being gluten free, sugar free. It was a tough decision to switch because I wasn’t sure if I was about to undo on all the hard work that went into healing my gut. But after getting to a really stable point, I made the jump. So far everything has held up just fine!

While being on SCD, I missed starches. Especially in the beginning when I was sick like a dog and my comfort food happened to be starches galore – pasta and potatoes any day! For those who aren’t familiar with SCD – you basically cut out all complex carbs in an attempt to heal your gut.

To curb my cravings I started using tricks to fool myself into thinking I was eating one thing when in actuality I wasn’t. Most times I failed miserably. I enjoyed the real foods I was eating.. but honestly I found it hard to make one thing taste like something else. Especially when at the the time I considered cooking a “special event”, definitely not a daily activity like today. Despite failing over and over again to fool myself into thinking I was eating carbs when I wasn’t, I kept trying. This recipe for mashed “potatoes” was the trick. Even now every time I eat it, I feel like I’m eating mashed potatoes. The flavors of the butter and cheese completely mask the fact that what you’re eating is a cauliflower and not potatoes.

Now that I think of it, every time I’ve felt like having mashed potatoes, I’ve made this mashed cauliflower. Every time since I’ve discovered this recipe. Huh.. I didn’t even notice that until I typed that last sentence!

Well — that says it all doesn’t it. It really is that good! Enjoy!

Oh — and if you’re wondering — that’s the Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash in the background of the main picture.

One last thing: This month’s Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free is being hosted by Brittany at Real Sustenance. The theme this month is “Thanksgiving” – how perfect! I’m participating with this recipe which I think is a great option to the traditional mashed potatoes. Check out her post for all the details of how you too can participate!

Cauliflower Mash

Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes


  • 1 large cauliflower
  • water for steaming cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup butter (about 4 tablespoons)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • about 1/4 cup cheese (optional)


1. Chop up the cauliflower into large flowerettes. Wash.

2. Over medium high heat, steam the cauliflower in a medium sized pot with about an inch of water. You’ll have to cover the pot. Cook for about 5 – 10 minutes until the cauliflower is easily pierced by a knife.

3. Drain the water. Then using a hand blender or food processor, puree the cauliflower. I like my mash a little lumpy so I don’t puree it too much.. but if you love it creamy – just blend away.

4. Add butter, salt and pepper. Give it a taste – this is pretty much how the end result will taste. You can stop here — or continue with the cheese.

5. Transfer the mash into a casserole dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.

6. Broil in an oven till the cheese is brown. Serve hot!

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6 Responses to Cauliflower Mash – Great Option to Starchy Mashed Potatoes

  1. Christine says:

    I love how simple and tasty this looks!

  2. Raj says:

    Thanks you both! I really think this is going to make it to the Thanksgiving menu.

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  4. Carla says:

    I can’t believe how much your SCD story sounds like mine. I hated giving up my starches – they used to be my comfort food when I wasn’t feeling well. It almost seemed counter-intuitive to me to give them up since they always used to make me feel better. I also hated to cook and, now that it is pretty much necessary for me to cook, I actually don’t mind it. I am finding some pretty good, SCD friendly dishes out there. Also, being a mathematician, I can appreciate the fact that you lay everything out step by step. I am looking forward to trying the faux-tatoes for Thanksgiving! Thank you!

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