At this time of year, it’s almost impossible to escape Resolution Mania. Gym membership offers clutter your real and virtual inbox. Gone are the pins and images or of cookie plates and cocktails, replaced with beautiful images of salads and juice. Gloriously fit people start to pop up in your sidebar, magazine, and weekly ad trying to sell you that magically sweat-free, perfect-haired workout if you buy their moisture-wicking pullover to run miles and miles in those mountains conveniently located in your backyard.
Comfort is nowhere to be seen. But in the long, cold, and quickly dark days of winter, I want some comfort. After a busy holiday season, I just want to stay in the warmth and the quiet for a moment. To rest and recover from the revelry and get back to my own speed. Comfort can come in many forms, including healthy ones. At the dinner table, instead of the normal, comfortable mashed potatoes, I’ve been comforting myself with roasted mashed cauliflower.
Not only does it look like mashed potatoes, the texture and creaminess is just like the potato version. It’s also just as tasty but without the wave of sleepiness afterwards. Cauliflower is also high in glucosinolates, which can help with inflammation, detox, and digestion. It’s also packed in antioxidants and is richer in vitamins and minerals than potatoes.
Mashed cauliflower is very easy to make as well. Just roast your cauliflower, then add some stock and the cauliflower into a blender and blend until you get the consistency you want. No peeling, boiling, or ricing needed. You can add some creaminess with some grass-fed butter, but a little goes a long way.
This recipe is perfect for a big batch to enjoy for a few meals or with a large table. If you’re cooking for a smaller table, use one medium to large sized cauliflower. You can also season the mash with whatever you like when you make regular roasted cauliflower. Feel free to add heat, maybe some oregano or rosemary, thyme, cumin… the flavor possibilities are endless.
When the Resolution Mania gets to be a bit much for you, sink into some cozy comfort with a warm meal with a side of roasted cauliflower mash and tell the Mania to chill out.