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Guiltless Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Guiltless Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Mashed potatoes just ooze comfort, but oh the guilt: they’re usually loaded with butter, milk, and carbs.

Here is a healthier-for-you but totally delicious vegan version that delivers some cruciferous cauliflower along with pure potato pleasure, without dairy or a lot of extra calories.

Your kids won’t even know the cauliflower is in there–but they’ll ask for second helpings.


3 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Vegetable broth as needed
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

1. Place the potato chunks in a saucepan filled with cold salted water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add cauliflower florets, return to a boil and cook, partially covered, for 20 minutes, until potatoes and cauliflower are very tender.

2. Drain potatoes and cauliflower, add olive oil, and gradually add vegetable broth to moisten, mashing with a potato masher or processing in a food processor until creamy and fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Serves 4-6.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen, (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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2:05PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

NOTHING wrong with a pat of butter.

7:06AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:16PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Yum! Thanks for this great recipe.

5:23AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012


6:46PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

That is a great recipe, I probably would pop in some garlic or chives, but will try it. Another great post by Cait.

12:34AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Thanks Cait.

12:32AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Thanks Cait.

7:37PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Sounds delicious. Thanks.

11:35PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

great. will try the guiltless mashed version. happy to see our indian curry also featured.
kalyani chaudhuri

9:25PM PST on Feb 3, 2010

I will be sure to try this way to cook cauliflower. Thank you!

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