[center] Mashed Fauxtatoes [/center]
“White potatoes are crapola,” writes Dr. Jonny Bowden.
I agree… for the most part. But it’s a little hard for me to hate on a natural plant product. I mean, a white potato may be seen by the body as “a big blob of sugar” according to Bowden, but it ain’t exactly a doughnut.
You’ve probably heard me categorize certain foods as “better bad.” These are food products that are ever-so-slightly improved, but still sucktastic. I recently saw a commercial for 50% less sugar orange juice. Better than regular, sugary, fiberless orange juice? I suppose. But still bad. Still not something I’m going to put into my body. The commercial should state that it’s “50% less shitty!” How about, “…will still make you fat, but 50% slower than before!” But I digress…
A potato isn’t “better bad” exactly, more like “less good.” And if you make mashed potatoes out of them then you just concentrate that “less goodness” into downright badness. That’s why I always eat fauxtatoes: mashed cauliflower.
Serve this to 100 carb-lovin’ dinner guests and I’ll bet you that 50% of them won’t even realize they’re not eating potatoes. And 100% will love it. Check it out:
[center] Mashed Fauxtatoes with Spinach [/center]
Two bags frozen cauliflower (or the equivalent of fresh)
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup omega-3 butter (or to taste), softened
Salt, pepper and herbs & spices of your choosing (parsley and a hit of cayenne work for me, as does a dash of garlic salt)
Handful or two of frozen chopped spinach
Putting it All Together
Steam, boil or microwave cauliflower until tender. (Steaming keeps the cancer-fighting properties of cauliflower intact; boiling not so much.) Smash and drain off excess water. Place in food processor or bowl.
Microwave spinach until soft, squeeze off excess water, toss in food processor.
Add cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, and herbs of choice.
3. Mash well by hand or give it all a pulse in your food processor. Pulse until very smooth or leave a bit rustic (chunky) if you prefer. And I prefer.
Tons of variations here. Just use whatever herbs and spices you like. Skip the spinach if you want a more pure, mashed potatoes experience. Add a diced chipotle pepper and a little adobo sauce for kick.
Give this one a spin and let me know how you tweak it below. – Chris