Cauliflower Mash with Roasted Shrooms

November 15, 2012

I hope you all had a great day. I wanted to post this earlier but I got way caught up at work, so tonight you’ll have the pleasure of seeing two new recipes from yours truly ūüôā

So last night I was craving something warm and comforting. The first thing I always crave when I feel this way is mashed potatoes. It’s just the way it is. And since I had a hunch¬†this would happen, I stocked up on cauliflower and hit up Lunardis¬†on the way home to grab some of my favorite veggies: mushrooms, shiitake¬†and brown. And I had a plan. A plan to make something so satisfying and comforting, I would forget it was all veggies. And I succeeded. Here’s how I did it:

Take 1 small yellow onion and chop

Take 2-3 cloves of garlic and chop

Turn your stove on medium-high and give the pan about 3-4 turns of olive oil. Put the onions and garlic in that pan and wait until you start smelling the garlic. Then start stirring them around

While this is happening, take your head of cauliflower and cut into small-ish florets. Let the onions and garlic cook for just a few minutes, right before they start turning brown, then add in the cauliflower. You will need to add more oil at this time, plus salt and pepper.

Keep the temperature high so that you’re really sauteing¬†the crap out of that cauliflower, almost like a stir fry. Once you’ve got it somewhat cooked (about 10 minutes) add about¬† 3/4-1 cup of water and cover, reducing the heat to low. You’ll finish cooking the cauliflower by steaming it, and itll get nice and soft.

After about 10 minutes, take the lid off and let it finish with the lid off to evaporate any excess water. Then get your blender ready!

In the blender, put in about 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) and put in enough cauliflower to fill 1/3 of the blender. Add a bit more almond milk, more cauliflower, etc. Blend this in parts so that when you get it all in there, its nice and smooth. You can add garlic powder, extra salt and pepper at this point if you need too.

Now the mushrooms:

Take all of your mushrooms(i¬†think i¬†had about¬†2-3lbs… it was a lot¬†lol)¬†and gently wipe them off with a warm damp paper towel to get off excess dirt

Next, cut all mushrooms in half and place in a large bowl.

Take your olive oil and give about 4-5 turns around the bowl, a good amount of salt (1 tablespoon or so) and pepper. Toss in the bowl.

Place all mushrooms on a large pan with foil and bake at 425. I know this seems really high, but in order to really roast them (and quickly) get that temperature up! It’s totally¬†worth it. They will cook about 20 minutes, stir them around half way.

And what do you end up with?

Delish! If you’re not doing a cleanse and/or can have dairy, etc, try sprinkling this with some parmesan or balsalmic vinegar. To. Die. For. Enjoy!

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