Mashed Cauliflower

Classic Comfort Food, Reinvented


Preparation info

  • Serves

    2 to 4

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      15 min

Appears in

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Well Fed

By Melissa Joulwan

Published 2011

  • About

I grew up in diner country, where creamy mashed potatoes were a standard side dish that almost defined a balanced dinner. (Hello, meat and potatoes!) This cauliflower proves that starch is not a requirement for comfort. Snuggled under a hearty beef stew or savory meatballs, mashed cauliflower is worthy of blue plate special status.


  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed (about



Cook the cauliflower according to the package directions until it’s very soft, but not waterlogged. Drain the water from the cauliflower and place the florets in the food processor.

In a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan, heat the garlic, coconut oil, coconut milk, salt, and pepper, about 1 minute.

Puree the cauliflower in the bowl o