Yesterday I told you guys I had a delicious healthy BBQ and the best part for me was my delicious low carb mash. Today I’m going to share the recipe!
Before I write this post, I want to clarify something because I feel like carbs are something that get demonised a LOT and I’m not okay with it. Maybe I will do a whole separate post on this, but suffice to say, carbs are not the devil. The health world goes through cycles – does anyone remember the low fat craze of the 90′s and early 00′s? We are still suffering the hangover of that today with “0% fat” products filled with sugar and artificial flavourings. Well, we all need fat and we all need carbs too. In science classes we all learned that fat burns in a carbohydrate flame, so if you’re looking to lose any kind of weight, you’re gonna need to be eating some carbs. Like everything, not all carbohydrates are made equally, and it’s common knowledge that the more refined or processed something is, the less beneficial it is for you nutritionally. A lot of people cut out bread, pasta, potatoes etc completely – sometimes for their own reasons but sometimes because the diet industry is now trying to demonise them. Stick with whole grains and don’t eat a ton of it and there’s no need to cut them completely. Vegetables, brown rice, fruit, lentils and oats are also good sources of carbs.
Okay, having said that, I try to limit (not cut) my intake of bread and potatoes simply because they make me feel heavy and bloated – I think this is hugely due to my PCOS, even lower GI options leave me feeling not so great, so recently I’ve been experimenting with some swaps for evening meals that lower the carb count, keep my gut happy, and increase my veggie intake. I usually try to keep my carbs to a wholegrain wrap with breakfast or sweet potato at lunch. For me the earlier in the day the better, not only does it give my body chance to properly digest it and use the energy but it doesn’t send me to bed feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. I still want to eat some mash with my dinner though, and here’s where that comes in…
(Okay, sorry for the disclaimer but I always worry that people (especially younger girls) might read a low-carb post and assume they are something to be cut out.)
This mash is primarily made up of cauliflower which is high in dietary fibre and vitamin C. It’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol to boot. Excellent. This is a great way of adding more vegetables to your diet without even really knowing it, and it’s a wonderful way of getting kids to eat more of the good stuff too. If they are fussy and can’t go the whole hog and have full cauliflower mash mix it with potato and slowly lower the potato each time they have it. Sneaky but it works!
You will need:
- Seasoning – I used salt, pepper and some BBQ seasoning mix
- A teaspoon of butter or alternative
- Parmesan cheese
Boil your cauliflower until it softens. If you don’t have access to a stove, you can do this in the microwave in a container of water. Once it’s softened, strain and blend. You can use a food processor, blender or manual masher. The best way to achieve a creamy consistency though is to blend. Don’t worry if you don’t have a fancypants blender, you can pick up a food processor from Argos for £15 and a handheld blender (works just as well!) for less than £10. They will be the best investments you can make as they are so handy for everything from smoothies to soups and sauces. They also make killer mash as you will see! Once your cauliflower is blended and smooth, add a little butter. This small amount helps give it that creamy mashed potato taste and is well worth it. I also like to season mine depending on what I’m eating it with, this time I added a BBQ rub type seasoning mix for a southwest flavour. Grate a little parmesan cheese and mix in, and you’ve got yourself the creamiest, tastiest mash ever! So easy and so good.
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