With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m trying to keep in mind that y’all may be in need of some healthier side dishes to throw on the table amidst Aunt Betty’s goopy green bean casserole and GramGram’s bacon mac and cheese.
Sure, I recommend embracing paleo imperfection and living a little on Thanksgiving and not sweating the calories or carbs or whatever.
But I know for many of y’all, if you go too wild and crazy on that cornbread stuffing, you’re gonna have serious repercussions within an hour of so after the plates are cleaned.
Which is why I’m kicking off my Festive Paleo Recipes for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays.
That way, y’all have a repertoire of healthier items to make and share with your loved ones at these get togethers and gatherings that you know won’t make you feel like doodoo.
So I’m starting with one of my tried and true favorites that I’ve been serving at my house to Mr. HHT for years- Mashed Cauliflower.
4 simple ingredients. 100% effortless cooking.
Just what you need in your back pocket come holiday season.
Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes?
They’re creamy. They’re smooth. They’re velvety.
They’re one of those dishes that just feels like home.
Kinda like a big ol bowl of oatmeal or beef stew.
However, anything will be tasty if you add a stick of butter, a block of cream cheese, a splash of half and half, and a hearty dollop of sour cream in it….those are like the staples of the southern cooking I was raised on and, I’ll admit, still enjoy from time to time today.
But what if I told you that you could still have those velvety smooth (or chunky if that’s your jam) mashed potatoes without the dairy or the potatoes?
Nope, it’s cauliflower!
That unsexy, underrated, paleo cousin to broccoli is a mighty versatile little veggie.
Not to mention it’s a vitamin powerhouse!
On top of all that, it’s REALLY easy to transform this lumpy, bland veggie into a smooth, creamy, you-sure-these-aren’t-taters mash that is worthy of the Thanksgiving table.
In fact, serve it alongside the turkey and Aunt Milly’s gravy and no one will think anything of it.
When I started introducing mashed cauliflower to my meat-and-potatoes husband a few years back, I just ripped the Band-Aid off and made the switch without telling him.
Sure, I don’t condone keeping secrets in a marriage, however it’s fine to briefly withhold the truth until your husband and/or children admit they enjoy the dish.
And feel free to use that tactic on your family on Turkey Day, too.
Could you add fresh rosemary? Or chives? Or thyme?
Yes, yes, and yes.
Maybe some crumbled bacon?
Oh my. Of course.
I’m giving you a blank but not bland canvas. Feel free to adorn it as you see fit.
Thanks to this recipe, you have one less dish to worry about come your Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Sidesgiving celebration next week.
Just dump in the slow cooker and savor the fact that one dish is practically DONE.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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