Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Cauliflower! Healthy and delicious alternative to mashed potatoes. Perfect Thanksgiving side dish! | The Cookie Rookie

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won’t regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is my favorite healthy side dish recipe.

When I first started cooking, which as you probably know was NOT long ago, I never imagined I’d be making Mashed Cauliflower someday. I never imagined I’d be making much other than Easy Mac and Lean Cuisine!! Over the past year and a half I’ve found my passion. All of a sudden I’m making Rosemary Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. My how times have changed.

What I’ve realized on my journey to learn my way around a kitchen is that cooking is SO MUCH EASIER than I once thought. You can follow a recipe exactly or you can get as creative as you desire. I wasn’t sure if our family would like this mashed cauliflower as much as mashed potatoes, but I have to say we LOVE it…maybe even more. Pat would rather eat this for any holiday.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

What does Garlic Mashed Cauliflower taste like?

This Mashed Cauliflower Recipe is often compared to mashed potatoes because it’s a similar consistency and paired with similar foods (like our Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan or Skillet Steak), but it tastes quite a bit different. Cauliflower isn’t the same as a potato. For starters, one is a vegetable and one is a starch! Although different, both taste amazing. I hope you give this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower a try.

I was skeptical, I’ll be honest, but this healthy(er) Garlic Mashed Cauliflower was creamy, delicious, and best of all, EASY.

This will definitely be making its way to our Thanksgiving table! There will be enough non-healthy items there.  I guess I could add just a few less fattening options!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

What are your favorite healthy holiday side dishes?

Do you have tweaks you make to classic recipes to make them better for you but just as delicious? I would love to hear your tricks! The more I learn, the more fun it is to try different things. It’s always surprising how even healthier foods can taste just as great! Granted, this still has butter, but we are into baby steps around here!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Can I use a blender to make Garlic Mashed Cauliflower?

YES! This recipe uses a blender. It helps to make things really smooth. If you prefer a chunkier version you could use a hand blender and not blend it all the way smooth. I love the creamy consistency.

Is this Mashed Cauliflower Recipe low carb?

FOR SURE! I love that this side dish is a low carb option to add to your holiday table or to any weeknight dinner of the year.

How can I make this recipe even healthier?

I chose to still use butter and cream cheese (although low fat) in these Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. My life view for eating is everything in moderation…so I’m more than fine with a little butter and cream. If you want to make them even lower in calories and healthier, you can sub in greek yogurt or vegan butter. Lots of options to make these your own.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

If you’re not sure about  Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, we have plenty of mashed potato recipes for you! Be sure to try our Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Garlic Herb Scalloped Potatoes, and of course Garlic Butter Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes! We also have Deep Fried Loaded Mashed Potatoes Bites. YUM!

Be sure to check out some of our other most loved healthy recipes like Grilled Salmon Recipe with Avocado Salsa, Enchilada Stuffed Peppers, and Mediterranean Chicken Burgers. Enjoy!

See the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. Enjoy!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe with Rosemary may be healthier, but tastes just as good as Mashed Potatoes! This Mashed Cauliflower is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any day of the year. You won't regret making this Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe; missing out on calories and gaining all the flavor! This healthy side dish will be your new favorite recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower chopped into small florets
  • 3 ounces low fat cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic sauteed if you aren't buying it already prepared
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped into small pieces, optional

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Once boiling, cook the cauliflower for 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and drain cauliflower.
  2. Place cauliflower along with all other ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.1%
Vitamin C 16.1%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Kelly - A Side of Sweet
STOP. I absolutely adore mashed potatoes but avoid them because they are so dang bad for you! This might be the perfect fix!
    Becky Hardin
    I agree Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by, love your site!
    robert
    Moderation is, the only way to go I remember thanksgiving after dinner to much to eat so I learned prescription me some years but got after 35 years
    Kathy hargrove
    Would love to know carb count and calorie count
Zaza
Wow, I've never made a mashed cauliflower. It's an amazing recipe to impress your guests :)
Sonali- The Foodie Physician
I've really grown to appreciate the versatility of cauliflower- I've used it to make "bread" and also in a healthier mac & cheese, but I've never had it like this before. I'm definitely looking forward to trying your recipe, it looks so good and such a great alternative to potatoes!
    Becky Hardin
    The bread and mac and cheese both sound awesome! I had no idea it was that versatile either!!
Ashley
We LOVE mashed cauliflower at our house! This looks delicious! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
Wow, these look so delicious, I'm such a fan of cauliflower...throw some garlic in and omg, I'm soooold!
    Becky Hardin
    Cauliflower is so awesome, I had no idea! Thanks (as always) for stopping by! I hope we get to hang out again soon!
Lisa Dawn
Mine didn't turn out as fluffy as your pictures (maybe I over puréed) but holy moly that's freaking delish! I had my mom try some without telling her what it was and she thought it was potatoes. I served it more like a soup and crumbled some bacon on top.
    Becky Hardin
    That sounds so yummy!!! I might have to try it that way next time!
grouchzilla
Try subbing chicken broth and sliced almonds instead of cream cheese and boiling in plain water... don't drain all the broth, use some in the puree process.
nina
it tastes really good
nina
you may know how many kcal it got?:)
Ulla
I love cauliflower and I'm about to try this recipe now, thanks for that! Also, this is very good opportunity to ask: these are very good photos but why on earth, as in so many other food blogs there are photos of same thing just from different angles? One would have been enough. All the best.
    Becky Hardin
    Thanks for stopping by Ulla! Sometimes pictures are used by online magazines when the recipe is reprinted...so sometimes the more pictures the better. And honestly the pictures are kind of a creative outlet for me and I enjoy taking/editing them. But I do understand where you're coming from. I really appreciate the feedback :)
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