Cauliflower Mash That Is the New Thanksgiving Favorite

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It would be rare to find a Thanksgiving spread without mashed potatoes. While potatoes themselves can be a healthy part of our diet, the standard mashed potato recipe is full of inflammation-causing dairy and low-quality fats. For this 21-Day cleanse approved version, we've replaced the standard white potato to make a cauliflower mash for a lighter texture and a gentler effect on our blood sugar. 
 
 
Switching Mashed Potatoes for Cauliflower Mash
 
It may seem like an extreme change to remove the potato from this beloved classic. We think you'll be surprised at the creaminess and fluffiness of this cauliflower version. We didn't miss the potatoes when we taste tested this version, but if you have very picky eaters, or just can't say goodbye completely to your potatoes, we suggest using 1/2 potatoes and 1/2 cauliflower. Plus, the ingredients will still make this version a cleaner choice regardless of the base vegetable choosen. 
 
The Glycemic Index, and Why It Matters
 
The glycemic index measures how different foods will affect blood sugar. The higher foods fall on this index, the more they will typically raise blood sugar. Of course, this is not the only factor that determines a food's health benefits - micronutrients, phytonutrients, and personal toxic triggers which are all important qualities to consider when choosing the best foods for you. However, choosing foods lower on the glycemic scale can help you regulate our blood sugar and keep us healthy in the long run. When choosing foods that are more likely to raise blood sugar (like white potatoes) it's important to pair them with healthy fats and high-quality protein to slow their digestion. In this cauliflower mash, we paired it with vegan-friendly fats so we won't experience a spike in our blood sugar (or a food coma) from this dish.  
 
Detoxify with Cauliflower
 
Pairing the turkey with vegetables like cauliflower and leafy greens will increase our nutrient intake during holiday feasting. Plus this ensures that we leave dinner without the bloating, sleepiness, or too-full feeling normally associated with Thanksgiving.
 
Cauliflower specifically is high in fiber, which will help move our food through your system and assist in smooth digestion. It's also rich in antioxidants to protect us against cell damage. This time of year can lead to less movement due to colder weather, stressful holiday preparation, and poor food choices - all putting us at risk for cell damage and a decline in our health. Sneaking in plant-sourced antioxidants, micronutrients, and digestive enzymes can help keep us on track this fall. 
 
Ingredients

2 medium heads cauliflower (about 2 pounds total once trimmed)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for baking
3 tablespoons coconut cream
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4-5 cloves roasted garlic
3-5 tablespoons chives thinly sliced, plus more for serving
salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions 
 
Preheat oven to 400. Slice off the top of an entire garlic bulb, so each clove is exposed slightly. Drizzle olive oil over bulb so each clove is coated. Wrap garlic bulb in foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until garlic is soft. Once finished baking, set aside to cool.
 
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While garlic is roasting, prepare cauliflower. Cut cauliflower into large chunks and remove excessive stems. Place 1 inch of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place cauliflower in a double steamer and steam for 10-12 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. 
 
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Place cooked cauliflower in a food processor. Add olive oil, coconut cream, onion powder, roasted garlic (you can squeeze the bulb of garlic and the cloves will easily come out), plus salt and pepper to taste. Pulse the food processor until cauliflower is combined with other ingredients and has a creamy texture. 
 
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Preheat oven to 350. Pour cauliflower into mixing bowl and combine by hand with thinly sliced chives.
 
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Transfer mixture to a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
 
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Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cauliflower is heated through and lightly browned on top. 
 
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Time-saving tip: You can complete this recipe through mixing all ingredients a few days before you're ready to serve, then bake right before serving.
 
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.
 
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