Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Fresh Sage

A few years ago if you’d me asked if beets or cauliflower would be on the dinner menu, I would have replied with an emphatic, “NO!”

But all it takes is one person to change your mind.

A coworker convinced me that there were other ways to eat beets besides the pickled version my mother served, and that steaming them could be fabulous. I gave it a try, and I’ve been a happy beet eater ever since. (No offense intended Mom – you’re a fabulous cook!)

The same holds true for cauliflower.

Steamed Cauliflower

Steamed Cauliflower

When I had a whole head of cauliflower to use or lose to the compost bin, I tried this cauliflower recipe from Farmgirl Fare.

Now mashed cauliflower is served as a side dish just as often as mashed potatoes, and why not? It serves up equally as creamy and I can herb it up with whatever I like.

Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Flank Steak

Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Flank Steak

In this mashed cauliflower recipe, a handful of sage adds an earthy appeal that worked perfectly with our grilled flank steak.

Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Flank Steak

Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Flank Steak

And why stop at cauliflower? This mashed parsnip recipe was just as good.

Mashed Parsnips with Herbs and Parmesan Cheese

Mashed Parsnips with Herbs and Parmesan Cheese

As I said, all it takes is one person to show you how to look at something in a new way, and your life is forever changed. Or at least you’re willing to eat beets and cauliflower.

Happy, healthy cooking!

Savory Mashed Cauliflower with Fresh Sage
  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh sage, minced
  • 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese
  • ¼ cup low sodium vegetable broth, salt and pepper
  1. Steam cauliflower until tender.
  2. In a large nonstick pot add olive oil, onions and sage. Saute 3 - 5 minutes until tender, adding vegetable broth or water by tablespoonfuls as needed to keep from burning.
  3. Add cauliflower, cheese and vegetable broth and mash well until cheese is melted into the mash. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 3,
Calories: 124
Total Fat: 3.73g
Cholesterol: 9mg
Sodium: 190mg
Total Carbs: 13.04g
Dietary Fiber: 3.89g
Sugars: 5.38g
Protein: 11.47g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

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    • says

      I’m sure you’ve tried roasting it then. One of my favorite ways to roast cauliflower I learned from Weight Watchers. Cut into small pieces and toss with Mexican seasoning. Totally delicious and so easy!

    • says

      I haven’t bought Laughing Cow in years, but I’m finding it makes really creamy soups and sauces. I just watch adding salt because it has a surprising amount of sodium.

  1. says

    Mashed parsnips, for sure! I prefer roasting to steaming for my beets. As for the cauliflower, we love it and eat a ton of it but again, roasted. I’ve never quite gotten my mashed cauliflower to come out right but maybe I need to keep trying.

  2. says

    Cauliflower is an underrated veggie. Mashing is a great way to use it, and I don’t do that enough (I like roasting so much, that’s my usual method of prep). And it’s weird – even though I like beets (a lot!) I rarely use them. I definitely need to up my game with them.

  3. says

    I had totally “forgotten” about mashed cauliflower. It’s so delicious! I’ll have to make it again soon.

    As to beets, I used to dislike them soooo much when I was little, and now I love them, especially roasted.

  4. says

    this all looks so delish! i don’t know why but i always have a hard time making my cauliflower puree really smooth. maybe i should take more time with it, i tend to rush it cause i want to eat it asap!

  5. says

    I remember how surprised I was when I made mashed cauliflower for the first time, I love it! It has been too long. And parsnips are still new to me, I would love to try mashed parsnips. Your food looks totally delicious.

    • says

      The parsnips were good too. I thought next time I might try parsnips and carrots. They are such a lovely combination of flavors. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. says

    I am making beets with yogurt and garlic, but I have never made them pickled. I think I must try them. Also I have only eaten cauliflower steamed or baked, never mashed. i think I must try this too!

  7. says

    My husband hates cauliflower, but I’ve often slipped in equal parts mashed cauliflower/mashed potatoes and I don’t think he’s ever noticed the difference! (Or at least hasn’t told me if he has). Nice creamy flavor here from the Laughing cow and sage.


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