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Cauliflower mash


I love mashed potatoes. It’s one of those foods that I can’t get enough of once I start. However, I eat limited potatoes these days. Also, I need to bring more vegetables into my diet. What better way to do that than by substituting potatoes with cauliflower, but still getting the feel of mash potato in the end?!

This recipe is inspired by Dianne Sanfilippo of, and her loaded cauliflower mash recipe can be found here.  It was so good that I thought I was eating mashed potatoes!


1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Handful of fresh parsley
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Chop the cauliflower into 2 inch pieces (after removing the leaves).  Boil water (I used about 1 inch) and steam, covered, until cauliflower softens.  It took about 12 minutes for me.  This was the first time I was steaming vegetables and had to look up how you do it.  I ended up buying and using this – it was so easy!

While the cauliflower is steaming, prep all the other ingredients.  I don’t have a food processor so used my Vitamix.  I put the half onion in my Vitamix and turned it on.  It chopped/minced the onion in less than 5 seconds.  Heat the onions on low heat until it’s softened (use a bit of the coconut oil if needed).

Place the cooked onions, 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, handful of parsely and pinch of Himalayan sea salt into the Vitamix.  Mix until the parsley has been chopped and the mixture has blended together.  Drain the cauliflower and add into the Vitamix (with the blended ingredients).  Mix everything together.  Use the Vitamix Tamper to stir.  Scoop out and serve!


I love parsley so I added a lot.  Add according to your taste.  I also love cilantro – I’ll make sure I have some on hand next time.  Diane added bacon and mushrooms too which I’m sure would taste fantastic.  I’m a big onion fan and there wasn’t enough for me – I”ll be adding more next time.

This recipe has great creamy texture and you can change ingredients every time you make it.  It’s a great staple, and it’s an awesome way to sneak in some veggies.


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

4 thoughts on “Cauliflower mash

  1. I’ve tried mashed cauliflower before with not much success, this makes me think I need to give it another try

  2. I need to incorporate more cauliflower into my diet. I’ve been reading so many good things about it. Thanks for the recipe!

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