If you’re trying to shed some weight or avoid potatoes, but you’re missing your creamy, decadent mashed potato side dish, you may want to consider cauliflower.

It isn’t an exact replacement, but it sure is delicious and it won’t leave you feeling overly stuffed like a mashed potato feast might.

Here is the recipe:

Mashed FAUXtatoes (a/k/a cauliflower)

1 head cauliflower — cut into florets
1/2cup water
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder

Divide a head of cauliflower into florets that are all roughly the same size.
Steam cauliflower pieces over boiling water (15 to 20 minutes), or until the cauliflower is tender. Drain the cauliflower and toss it in a bowl of ice water to bring the cooking process to a screeching halt.

When the cauliflower has cooled, put the florets in a food processor along with 1/2 cup of water. Puree the cauliflower on high speed until smooth, but with some very small pieces of cauliflower remaining in the mix for just a bit of texture.

Pour all of the pureed cauliflower into a medium sauce pan.

Add the cream, salt, white pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to the cauliflower and stir. Set the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring often, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thick.

SIDE NOTE: If you want to get a little funky, you could always use the purple or green colored cauliflower heads! That would be interesting.