Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Whipped Cauliflower

Speaking of whipped, that's how I feel right now. Travel, coupled with several days of eating rich foods (worth it) and drinking lots of wine (not so much) always leaves me feeling very low energy. So I'm resting today, eating clean and light and drinking tons of water because that's what my body needs right now in order to get back to my life.

I returned to find that my husband, the fabulous handy man that he is, had installed shelves in my office closet. As soon as I organize those shelves with all my stuff, I'll post before and after pictures. It's going to be quite the transformation.

My friend Lara, who is also a reader wanted to know about my Whipped Cauliflower recipe. What do you think of cauliflower? Boring is the first word that used to come to mind but I have fallen in love with cauliflower, it really has so many delicious applications. A cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is very healthful. The compounds contained in cruciferous veggies may help prevent cancer. But beyond that, cauliflower is versatile, easy to prepare and yummy.

My husband loves mashed potatoes but they are heavy so I wanted to come up with a way to make cauliflower as rich and luxurious as mashed potatoes but lighter and healthier. I've made mashed cauliflower before but it always came out watery so I eliminated the water! Start with a 1/2 cup of 2% milk and a tablespoon of butter in a heavy bottom saucepan, toss in a whole head of cauliflower, roughly chopped. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer until the cauliflower is very tender, almost falling apart and most of the milk is absorbed. Transfer the contents of the pan to the food processor along with a 2-3 ounce chunk of Neufch√Ętel cheese (that's the 1/3 less fat version of cream cheese.) Season with salt and pepper and process until smooth. The texture is amazing, it's rich and creamy and satisfying like mashed potatoes. It's so delicious, you won't think of it as a "healthy substitute."

I like cauliflower sauteed with cumin seeds, garlic, ginger and Indian spices and also sauteed with onion, red pepper flakes and white balsamic vinegar and tossed with toasted walnuts and a bit of ricotta salata (dry, salted ricotta cheese but you can sub in feta for a similar effect.) There are so many ways to prepare cauliflower, check out this Google search for more recipes. What is your favorite way to prepare cauliflower?

5 comments:

  1. Whipped Cauliflower Deliciousness....

    Thanks for posting this recipe Andra! I'm definitely going to sneak this onto the plates of my family and see what their reaction will be. They are huge mashed potato fans, but I'd like to give them (and me) something less heavy and more healthful. I think they'll love it. I have plenty of reasons for eating healthier, but especially now...just turned 40, and had a scare yesterday with some elevated BP...170/105!!! NOT GOOD. Today I'm cleansing with some pink grapefruit and water. My body is telling me to get off my arse and get healthy. I'm listening. Thanks again for all the great ideas.
    Hugs, Lara

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  2. Your whipped cauli sounds really good! I love to roast cauliflower in a 425 degree oven, chopped and tossed with a little olive oil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. It makes it kind of nutty and sweet - really tasty!

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  3. I put the cauliflower in a food processor and chop it until it's the consistency of rice. Then I cook it like fried rice. My favorite way is to saute' it in olive oil, then add green onion, tomato, and feta cheese. It's SO yummy and like Mediterranean fried rice.

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  4. Your blog title fits me to a T! I usually do steamed cauliflower with a homemade white sauce topping.

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  5. Whipped Cauliflower 03/10/2010

    I like steamed cauliflower with homemade cheese sauce (white Vermont cheddar) – a staple in my family as I was growing up, and still a favorite. I love cauliflower! I think it tastes delicious!

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