“Faux” Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head (2 cups) fresh cauliflower (can use 16-20 oz. bag frozen)
  • 3 tbs. low fat milk (can use soy or almond milk)
  • 2 tbs. low fat sour cream
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Fresh ground pepper as desired
  • ½ cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 strips of cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
  • Snipped chives or green onion as desired

Directions:

  1. Remove the core from the head of cauliflower and separate the cauliflower into florets and set aside.
  2. In a medium to large pot over high heat, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower to the pot, cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook the cauliflower for 12 to 15 minutes, until tender and able to be mashed with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Drain the cauliflower into a colander. Let sit until all the water is drained, using paper towels to squeeze out and remove any excess.
  4. In the same pot used to steam the cauliflower, add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and add the sour cream, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and add cooked cauliflower. Mash the cauliflower into the milk mixture with a fork or a potato masher until it looks like “mashed potatoes.”
  6. Add ¼ cup shredded cheddar & crumbled turkey bacon to the cauliflower mixture.
  7. Top with remaining cheese & chives or chopped green onions.
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