Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook Project: Cauliflower Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Hey guys. I'm back here this afternoon to talk about one very tasty dish from the Eat to Live Cookbook. If you have ever used cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes, you wouldn't be the first. Something tells me that I have tried doing this in the past, without much success, but this recipe was a different story--I really enjoyed it!

I also want to report back about something amazing that has been happening since I started this journey almost three weeks ago. I have not used salt once in my cooking the entire time and I haven't missed it at all. Having a selection of salt-substitutes has been the trick, and the one that I used for this recipe is perfect. It's called Table Tasty by Benson's and it has a cheesiness to it due to having nutritional yeast as one of the ingredients, along with a lot of other herbs and spices. You can check out that product through the Amazon link that follows, it's great to have it in your Nutritarian arsenal. I was lucky enough to be gifted a large bag of Table Tasty the last time Chef Aj visited my home, and I'm quickly working my way through it with all of this Eat to Live cooking.

Cauliflower Spinach Mashed Potatoes
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 220

Did I like it? Yes! I would even serve this to guests or share it at a pot luck.

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? Yes, but I left out the Nutmeg because it's a flavor that I am not particularly fond of.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? This makes a tasty side dish to a veggie burger and some salad. Sometimes it's nice to have a meal that isn't just salad or soup and salad, and this is great for those times.

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? Again (I'm sounding like a broken record here), there were just too many nuts. The recipe called for 1/2 cup of cashew butter for 4 servings (whoa, that's a ton!) and I used 1 Tablespoon of cashew butter and the recipe was still delicious. What's up with that?

I also didn't love the addition of spinach here. Upon second thought, it wasn't the spinach per se, it was because the spinach leaves were too large for the delicate mashed cauliflower.

Did my husband like it? He's been travelling and hasn't tried it yet, but it's on the menu for tonight.

Did my teenage daughter like it? She hasn't tried it yet either. Is it possible I'm hoarding it all for myself?

Did my eight or five year old try it? Not yet.

Would I make it again? Yes, absolutely.

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? I would used chopped frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach leaves, to improve the overall texture of the dish.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): A

Have you made Dr. Fuhrman's Cauliflower Spinach Mashed Potatoes? What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

Still don't have the book? What are you waiting for? These recipes are amazing.

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