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Easy Low Carb Mashed Cauliflower: Side Dish

Easy Low Carb Mashed Cauliflower: Side Dish
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Cauliflower seems to be the favorite low carb substitute for a range of comfort foods, including tortillas, pizza crust and mashed potatoes.  I’ve made them all to varying degrees of success, but this easy mashed cauliflower, which stands in as a substitute for mashed potatoes,is by far the best tasting in my opinion.   It is great for celebrations like Thanksgiving or as a side dish for an easy weeknight meal.

Bowl of low carb mashed cauliflower garnished with parsley.
Low carb mashed cauliflower

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Does Mashed Cauliflower Really Taste Like Mashed Potatoes?

It wasn’t long (two dinner’s worth) before my family preferred the low carb mashed cauliflower over traditional mashed potatoes.  Even my athletic son who wasn’t the slightest interested in a low carb or keto diet came to prefer it.  

The bonus is that they are quick and easy to make. We even slipped it in at Thanksgiving and grandma had no idea that it wasn’t her beloved mashed Yukon Gold potatoes.  

Grandma is 96 years old and “sharp as a tack”, but still.  She’s had a lot of mashed potatoes in her life and this one slipped right by her.

low carb mashed cauliflower with keto fried chicken legs
Keto mashed cauliflower with keto fried chicken legs

Another easy low carb cauliflower recipe that is great as a side dish is baked cauliflower with saffron an olives. It is quite robust with a Middle Eastern flavor profile.

Baked cauliflower with saffron and olives in copper baking dish.
Baked cauliflower with saffron and olives

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Easy Low Carb, Keto Mashed Cauliflower

Bowl of low carb mashed cauliflower garnished with parsley.
Mashed cauliflower is made with only a few ingredients in a blender and has even more flavor than mashed potatoes, which it is a substitute for.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 99



  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ¼ cup Parmesan fresh & shredded with grater
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic chopped
  • teaspoon chicken bouillon may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon salt may want to exclude if using chicekn bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped for garnish


  • Set a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  • Cut cauliflower in quarters and cut out stem of each quarter. Pull off any green leaves that may be left. Break the cauliflower into florets and place the florets in boiling water for about 6-8 minutes, or until tender when pricked with a fork. Drain well in a strainer.
    1 head of cauliflower
  • While cauliflower is cooking measure out the remaining ingredients (your mise en place). Pour (dump) the hot, drained cauliflower into a food processor. Add the parmesan, cream cheese, butter garlic, bouillon and salt. Puree until smooth and creamy (pulse a few time before pressing the puree button).
    1/4 cup Parmesan, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1-2 cloves garlic, 1/8 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • To serve: Empty contents of food processor into serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Additional butter can be added to taste.
    1 tablespoon parsley


Easy Low Carb Mashed Cauliflower for the Holidays
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*Note: store-bought chicken bouillon usually has quite a bit of salt. If you are using bouillon, exclude the salt.  If not using bouillon, add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the blender.
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Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 8gPotassium: 287mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 240IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg
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