As soon as the weather in Texas FINALLY starts to get chilly, I'm always preparing some of my favorite comfort dishes. Mashed potatoes are an inexpensive side dish that can easily round out a variety of lean protein and non-starchy vegetables. While I'm never going to 'give up' potatoes or whole-grain bread or any other foods; I do realize that traditional mashed potatoes can be a high calorie and high carbohydrate food. Oh no, what's a potato lover to do?
Make way for a sneaky ingredient to help offset some of those calories without sacrificing the taste. Adding cauliflower to your mashed potatoes is a creative way to add some more vegetables to the plate and reduce your calories. Cauliflower is part of the cabbage family, right up there with broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. These cruciferous veggies are known for their anti-oxidants in preventing certain types of cancer and heart disease. A recent study showed that phytochemicals such as glucosinolate in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, help reduce the risk of bladder cancer.
Try this recipe tonight on your family and let me know what they thought.