Mar 15, 2010

Creamy Cauliflower Purée




A perfect low carb alternative to mashed potatoes with a creamy buttery taste and less than one point. If you don't have buttermilk, low fat sour cream also works great.

Creamy Cauliflower Purée
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 3/4 cup • Old Points: 1 ptPoints+: 2 pt
Calories: 60.7 • Fat: 2.4 g • Protein: 3.7 g • Carb: 8.6 g • Fiber: 4.2 g

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp light butter 

Directions:

Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft. Drain, add buttermilk, light butter, salt, pepper and purée with a hand blender. If you don't own a hand blender, you should consider getting one. It is one of my most used gadgets in my kitchen, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. A regular blender would work fine as well.

82 comments :

  1. Yum-o is all I have to say! That looks so incredibly tasty. I have to tell you that I made your spinach stuffed lasgana rolls the other day and boy were they good! Thanks for making so many wonderful recipes for those of us watching our figurines. :)

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  2. Hi Gina, this looks like a great dish. I'm lactose intolerant do you think I can use Lacteeze or soft tofu instead?

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  3. Thanks for posting this Gina! As for the hand blender - I finally went out this weekend and bought a hand blender/food processor combo. I cannot wait to use it!!!

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  4. I make this quite often as a yummy side to have with casseroles or with anything saucy.

    It's also delish with lite cream cheese and chopped chives in lieu of the buttermilk and garlic!

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  5. @Anonymous- I've never used Lacteeze but why not!!

    @Sarah- I can't live without mine. Makes pureeing anything so simple and cleanup is so easy.

    @Annie- Yes, chives!! Cream cheese I bet is great too, thanks for sharing!

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  6. I made your enchiladas tonight....wow there were wonderful!

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  7. YUM! I feel like that is all I say when I come visit you.... guess it could be worse! :) hehe

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  8. oh this looks good!! I am loving your site.. I made the garlic coconut shrimp the other night..not sure what I did wrong- but it was like a soup-- but it was heavenly!! so its a keeper!! and then I made the lasagna with spinich-- WOW-- no one would ever know it was diet food!! Next time I think the addition of mushrooms and onions might be fun to try as well!

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    1. Vicki--I also made the garlic coconut shrimp and it turned out very soupy. Maybe simmer longer next time to reduce? Either way, the flavor was amazing, and my guests loved it!!

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  9. I also added some ranch seasoning for extra flavor! Yummy!

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  10. @Julie- butter's better!! :) Thanks for sharing, I do like using real butter when I cook. I just use it in small quantities!

    @Vicki- the shrimp dish is a stew so you probably did nothing wrong! The addition of mushrooms and onions to the lasagna rolls sounds lovely!

    You can replace the buttermilk with light sour cream if you wish.

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    1. What about skim milk or fat free half & hlaf?

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  11. I made this tonight, along w/ corned beef and cabbage. I am dying! The cauliflower is so good!!

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  12. I made the califlower dish tonight. All I
    Can say is, it was amazing! I used a 16 oz bag of frozen califlower and it was easy
    N turned out fabulous!
    Gina, you inspire
    Me to stay on track! Thanks for taking the time 2 post such great recipes!
    Susan

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  13. Where has this recipe been all my life! It tastes just like mashed potatoes and it is barely any points.

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  14. i followed the recipe exactly and i couldnt eat it due to the overwhelmingly strong garlic taste, was this supposed to come out almost spicy?

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  15. No, it sounds like your garlic didnt cook long enough. When cooked (boiled in this case) the garlic has a very mild flavor.

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  16. this is awesome! i didn't have buttermilk, so i used skim, and just added some "i can't believe it's not butter" spray at the end. delicious, filling and super-low on points!

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  17. This is delicious! I've made it several times now, even my kids ask for it :)

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  18. Gina - this is a fantastic website and I am so glad I found it. The recipes are awesome! And being point friendly really helps too. The pictures are gorgeous and inspire me to cook new and different things. I have also heard alot about the cauliflower dish and have never tried it but will now. Your enchilada recipes are delicious! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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  19. Can I say yummy!! Made this last night and my kids loved it. My older son does not like mash potatoes but loves this. He even went back for 2nd's. Thanks for the idea

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  20. I don't like cauliflower (or thought I didn't) but could live on mashed potatoes the rest of my life.

    Gina - this recipe is AWESOME, if I didn't cook it myself I would think it had real potatoes in it.

    I absolutely love your website, you have done an excellent job with it!!!! I have to say it's my favorite site when it comes to recipes....

    Please don't stop!!! :)

    Thanks again!!!

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  21. I enjoy this dish so much, i have already made it twice since starting WW last month.

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  22. Do you think this would be a good sidedish for the Chicken Cordon Bleu???

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  23. Sure, this would be a great side for Chicken Cordon Bleu.

    I'm glad you are all enjoying this! Crazy how it tastes so much like mashed potatoes!! :)

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  24. I made this last night and really enjoyed it. I used 2% milk and I thought it worked fine. I also used white pepper. A definite keeper! Thank you!

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  25. Made this tonight, so yummy.

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  26. Made this tonight with your pork chops with mushrooms... Yummy!

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  27. awesome :)

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  28. Hi there
    do you think that I can use this instead of mashed potatoes in the turkey croquettes? making mine as chicken... but didn't know if the cauliflower would have enough body to hold?

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  29. I don't think it would hold well, maybe a mix of both?

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  30. This looks really good Gina! I was wondering though, do you have any idea what the calories would be if you got rid of the garlic? I am allergic to it. Thanks :)

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    1. It would be basically the same. Garlic has very few calories. Check Google.

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  31. These are the best! As a carboholic, I could eat mashed potatoes for every meal 7 days a week. This recipe gives me my mashed potato fix without the guilt (or increase on the scale). I almost never have buttermilk in my fridge, but use Fage 0% greek yogurt instead. It adds creaminess and tang and is still really healthy. Yummy!

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  32. If I don't have buttermilk or sour cream on hand, could I use milk or a combo of milk and heavy cream? Thanks! These look delicious, I can't wait to try them :)

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  33. Emily, never tried it with yogurt!

    You could use a combo of mik and heavy cream but that will increase the fat, calories and points.

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  34. I tried it with sour cream instead of buttermilk (because I don't have buttermilk) tonight and really liked them. I don't think the family was too excited about them, but oh-well! More for me!!!

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  35. Cooked this with chicken broth and saved 1/3 cup of the liquid to mash the cauliflower in, added chives and 1/3 cup low fat mexi cheese to it. Great. Thanks

    Jacque

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  36. Yay. Finally found a healthy food site that works for my family. I have so many healthy food cook books but the ingredients are rediculously long. Thank you, thank you for making it easy for us busy moms. Just tried the potato and cauliflower soup tonight. It was a big hit.

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  37. This is an amazing recipe. I found it very tasty and healthy. I'm lactose intolerant so I changed it up a bit- instead of using buttermilk I used coconut milk with apple cider vinegar. I found this tip online- for 1 cup of coconut/soy/rice/whatever milk you add 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes then add it to your recipe. Turned out great!

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  38. I just put this recipe into my recipe maker on Weight Watchers because I wanted to change it up a bit, but noticed the recipe was still only 1 points plus - even with 2% buttermilk!

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  39. How many cups of cauliflower florets should 1 medium head be? Thanks!

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  40. Gina!! I have to post my surprise combination side dish I had tonight! OMG! I made the creamy cauliflower and was having the cream of zucchini soup too. I thought the two flavors were very compatible. Do I decided to try them like mashed potatoes and gravy. OMG! If it were a blind taste test I would swear it was mashed potatoes and chicken gravy! I hope someone else tries this! Close your eyes however or eat it in the dark! Green gravy!
    I had to post this and will post it at the other site too!
    Susie

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  41. Buttermilk is naturally light : )

    Sarah, wish I would have checked at the time.

    Susie, nice find!

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  42. I love this recipe.. I use a dab of mayo and green onion in mine.. and its delish!

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  43. I believe I've made too much. How does this taste the next day?

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  44. oh my gosh this will be a new staple forever! I made real mashed potatoes the night before and my boyfriend said he liked these better. I also used low fat sour cream because i had no buttermilk on hand - can't get over how great this was!!! I mixed it in a magic bullet for people out there who have one, do it in batches though cause it is too hot to do all at once.

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  45. What kind of immersion blender do you use? I just bought a Cuisinart but looks like it would scratch pots!

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  46. I made this tonight with baked cod with a little fresh lemon on top. So good and filling. Leftovers for lunch tomorrow! I love how the cauliflower is almost has a nutty flavor.

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  47. I love cauliflower soup, but have never made faux cauliflower mashed potatoes ~ will be trying this recipe soon!

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  48. I LOVED this! Unfortunately the rest of my family did not. Oh well their loss!! I substituted 1/3 cup of greek yogurt instead of butter milk.

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  49. Just made this with the low fat sour cream, and topped with a little cheese and a slice of crumbled turkey bacon for lunch. It took a bite or 2 to get used to it, but when I did, I cleaned the bowl! I admit I was a skeptic at first the whole cauliflower turned potato thing, but you just made me a believer! My belly fat is cursing your name =) Xo ~ Kimberly

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  50. I made this recipe and loved it - thank you! check out how mine turned out below:

    http://jilleveryday.com/2012/02/22/pork-chops-with-dijon-herb-sauce-cauliflower-puree/

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  51. Yum! Even my husband liked it! This will become a staple for sure.

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  52. This was AMAZING. I won't even crave regular mashed potatoes again, these are THAT good to me. Gina what would I do without you?! You are changing so many lives with your recipes! Seriously!

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  53. is there a way to make the consistency a little more mashed potato like? i know it's a "puree" but i just made it and it's so watery i'm wanting the real thing. i was hoping this would be a great alternative to starchy mp's - i'll see how the man handles it when he gets home. i'm not going to tell him it's cauliflower ha.

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    1. Make sure you drain the cauliflower, it shouldn't be watery.

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  54. OMG! Made this tonight with skinny chicken pesto dinner. FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!!! Let's get married!!! lmao!

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  55. I make this all the time and it is delicious. Instead of milk, I add 2 oz of lowfat cream cheese. Makes the mash creamier. Also, when I feel too lazy to pull out the gadgets, I just use a potato masher in the pan I cooked the cauliflower in. If too much water remains in the pan, I turn the heat on low so the moisture evaporates as I mash.

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  56. OMG.......Eating this right now. It is fantastic. I am diabetic and this will now be my potatoe for all meals.

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  57. nom nom nom nom! Really good!

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  58. This recipe was so good. My son thought it was real mashed potatoes

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  59. I was a bit leery about how this looked when I first used a hand mixer by mistake to 'blend', but once I realized my mistake & pureed it - it turned out great. I didn't have buttermilk (& didn't want to buy any since I rarely make things with it), so I used 2 oz FF cream cheese. It was the perfect consistency.

    My husband says it's BETTER THAN MASHED POTATOES. The taste IS different than potatoes - I doubt you could fool someone- but a very good flavor if you like cauliflower. I will be using this instead of mashed potatoes from now on.

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  60. Awesome! Love this web site. I used reduced fat sour cream instead of buttermilk and it was excellent. I really wanted something filling and comforting but with low points value. This fit the bill perfectly.

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  61. Does anyone happen to know if these freeze well? My husband despises cauliflower so I would be the only one eating them. I'm hesitant because of the buttermilk. Thanks!

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  62. So I made this tonight to go along with a burger I made for dinner since I was craving some mashed and this looked like a great alternative. I love how it came out. I didn't have fresh cauliflower so I used the frozen 16oz bag. Also, I don't have a hand blender so I used my regular blender. The only issue I had was the # of servings. I only ended up with 3 at 3/4 cup each. Gina, any idea how much a head of cauliflower yields either in cups or oz? I'd love to make it again but if I use the frozen florets or even the fresh I want to make sure I have the right amount to get 4 servings. But I love how it came it and it tasted great and it was filling! A perfect compliment for my burger and it'll be a side along some chicken for lunch tomorrow.

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  63. First time making this and I didn't have any buttermilk, so I used fat free sour cream and OMG this was absolutely amazing! My fiance says he never wants mashed potatoes again! We had this with London broil and a side of veggies - completely carb free meal! Thank you so much Gina for such an amazing side!

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  64. These look wonderful Gina! I have tried mashed cauliflower before but it didn't come out smooth as i used my mixer like i would have done for real potatoes. never thought of using a blender! I have a head of cauliflower in my fridge :) I know what we are having with out pork chops tonight!

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  65. I tried this last night as a side to the Dijon Pork and to my surprise it took center stage. Even the leftovers I had today were so delicious. I used Orange cauliflowers and added green onions as well as roasted pimentos.
    This is going into the regular meal rotation

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  66. I tried this under shrimp n' grits today as "the Grits" (instead of grits) It worked wonderfully!! Delicious, and I'm not the biggest fan of Cauliflower... Thank goodness I found an alternative to grits, I had no idea they had 160 per 1/4 Cup !!

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  67. This is sooo good! Love your recipes! I make mine with cream cheese instead of buttermilk because I LOVE cream cheese. I also make it in the crock pot so I only dirty one dish :)

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  68. I started making mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes when my husband and I started watching our carbs and we absolutely LOVE them. And you're right about the hand-held blender. I use mine ALL the time!

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  69. Just made these using Light Sour Cream instead of Buttermilk and they were so good I could have eaten a dinner plate full.

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  70. I HATE CAULIFLOWER....Just had to start off with that. Tried a different version of this a long time ago and didn't like, so I thought I would try again. I used the light sour cream and my hand mixer. Took a few bites and couldn't get past the texture. Almost gagged. The key to this really is the "puree" part. I dumped half of what I made in my food processor and let her rip. Then added some jar chicken gravy too it and let it mix some more. End result, I could actually eat it! Turns out the jar gravy wasn't all that good, so it probably would have been much better with homemade. Thanks for the recipe. I might try it again. Will see how it tastes left over with some chicken to go with it tomorrow.

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  71. Healthy and delicious... that the kind of recipes I like more.

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  72. It was very good- my husband loves potatoes and gravy- he didn't even say anything when eating, he went back for seconds :-)

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  73. I was wondering about the new Weight Wathcher's Smart Points. In the cookbook etc there is no info on sugar and how much saturated fat so that makes it extremely difficult to convert to Smart Points. Any suggestions? I just got the cookbook (after giving several as gifts) and realized it doesn't work for the new program.

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  74. I seriously don't even use potatoes anymore to make "mashed potatoes", I always use cauliflower! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

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  75. This is great! I pureed in a blender (no hand mixer...yet) and it was delicious. My boyfriend commented on how rich it tasted -- I love recipes like these that make me feel like I'm beating the system by enjoying rich flavors without the fat! I served it under a lean brisket with lots of sauce, it soaked it up and was delicious.

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