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Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Rosemary Thyme and Sage Herbs

This recipe is a lighter take on the traditional side dish of mashed potatoes. I first started making cauliflower mash in 2013 when I moved to Portland, Oregon. As a whole, the West Coast is substantially more health conscious than the Midwest. So when I officially moved, I wanted to find ways to enjoy some “Illinois-home cooking” with a “Portland healthy” twist. And voila, that’s where my cauliflower mash began.

Its high fiber content will help with digestion while offering only 30 calories per cup! For this recipe, I chopped fresh herbs, garlic and added a small amount of grass-fed ghee to give it a savory, yet buttery flavor. With only five ingredients and minimum prep required, cauliflower mash is an easy and tasty addition to your weekly menu.

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Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower

prep time: 10 hourcook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins


  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp ghee
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Remove the cauliflower florets from the leaves and rinse with water.
  2. Fill a pot with 1 inch of water.  Over medium heat place your steamer insert inside the pot. 
  3. Add cauliflower florets and cover with lid.
  4. Steam for 20-25 minutes or until cauliflower is soft. 
  5. Strain the cooked cauliflower and place the cooked florets back into the pot. 
  6. Add the salt, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and ghee. 
  7. Use a potato masher or blender to mash the cauliflower. If using a blender be careful to not over blend. 
Recipe by Elle Leonard
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