Want a healthier, funkier update to regular mashed potatoes?? Try mixing purple potatoes with cauliflower! You get the same comforting bite and texture with far less starch and much more nutritive value! WIN!
Potatoes, because they are starchy are typically associated with weight gain and get a bad rap as a “forbidden food” to many diets. So it will no doubt surprise you to learn that consuming six to eight small purple potatoes per day not only can lower your blood pressure but also cause no weight gain at all! Plus they are quite tasty! Having a slightly nutty flavor and a creamier texture than traditional potatoes. They make a fresh alternative for holiday meals or any meal that includes potatoes.
I personally LOVE potatoes, but in an effort to reduce the starch in my diet I have experimented with potato substitutes. Cauliflower is one of my favorite go to vegetables to make a mash with that is potato worthy. But then I saw these purple potatoes in the market and when I looked them up I was more than intrigued. You can do anything with them you would do with a regular potato; bake them, fry them, boil them, mash them… it’s all good. They have a nuttier flavor that their potato cousins. But very satisfying. When you boil and mash them they can be quite dark. I like to lighten them up with some cauliflower. It’s like painting with food… if the purple is too dark, add some white to it to make lavender!
- 1 Head Cauliflower, washed and broken into florets
- 1 bag Purple potatoes, washed
- Almond Milk
- Earth Balance or Unsalted Butter
- Roasted Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Wash the potatoes and put them in a big pot of salted water whole.
- Wash the head of cauliflower and break it into florets, add it to the water with the potatoes.
- Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes and cauliflower are fork tender.
- Drain the water and transfer the potatoes and cauliflower to the processor bowl. You may need to transfer half, process it down and add the other half to process smooth.
- Use a bit of almond milk to help think the mash.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and season with butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Optional: Garnish with chives to serve.