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RecipEASY: Mashed Cauliflower with Greens

RecipEASY: Mashed Cauliflower with Greens

Kayla Sheely , 03/25/2016

Whether you are looking to adopt a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet or are just trying to find healthier alternatives to some of your favorite dishes, we have great recipes on our site to suit your tastes!

Some of our recipes can look a little intimidating, though. That’s why we created a weekly segment called RecipEASY — to make healthy eating easier. We (Kate and Kayla) make a recipe from our site and break it down to give you helpful tips and modifications. Since neither of us are professional chefs, we are always looking for ways to simplify healthy recipes!

This week we made…

Mashed Cauliflower with Greens

Mashed cauliflower makes a great side dish -- especially when there is spinach in it! This recipe is easy to make and has a nice garlic kick to it.

For this recipe, you’ll need: cauliflower, spinach, vegetable stock, raw cashew butter, garlic, no-salt seasoning, nutmeg, and unsweetened soy milk. Find the full measurements here.

The first step is to boil the cauliflower in the vegetable stock for about 20-25 minutes. After that, drain the cauliflower for a few minutes to get as much liquid out as possible.

Next, we combined the drained cauliflower with the cashew butter, garlic, no-salt seasoning, nutmeg, and soy milk in a blender. When it was smooth, we added the spinach.

Now here’s where things went a little south. The recipe was missing a step to saute or cook the spinach, so we were trying to stuff 10 ounces of raw spinach in a blender to mix it with the rest of the ingredients while trying not to puree the spinach. The result looked like a leprechaun puked in the blender -- it wasn’t a pretty sight.

On the upside, it still tasted good!

We decided to try the recipe again to see if we could correct our mistake. This time, while the cauliflower was draining, we cooked the spinach separately.

Since the spinach was already cooked down, we just mixed it into the mashed cauliflower. And voila! It turned out much better the second time.

Try this recipe for yourself and let us know what you think!


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