Posted by Ethne~
Remember from here where I talked about making baby food modeled after Jessica Seinfeld's book, Deceptively Delicious? Well, I've made purees since then for all sorts of uses, like beets and sweet potatoes for pancakes; peas and spinach for smoothies; and homemade applesauce, skins and all. My girls eat it all - they don't know the difference.
|This smoothie was made from beets, berries, kefir (homemade yogurt) and OJ|
I mixed up this idea with a dish you can eat on Atkins/South Beach diets. I did the South Beach diet before I got married and I have to say, it was great. Besides pregnancy weight gain, I've never gained the weight back I lost on that diet. Breastfeeding dropped my weight even further. (ROCK THAT S**T!) The dish: cauliflower mashed potatoes. No potatoes are harmed in the making of this dish - it's all cauliflower!
So I cut a cauliflower head up into florets and steamed it (it took three batches to steam it all - the Ziploc steamer bags and my food processor can only handle so much at a time). The steamer bags cook the cauliflower florets perfectly in 4 minutes.
I dump the steamed florets directly into my food processor and whirred it up. I stopped after 1 minute and scraped the sides down with a spatula. The consistency was still slightly coarse (like grains of kosher salt) so I added a little (about 2 tablespoons) water and whirred it again for another minute. This left me with a nice, mashed potato consistency.
|Before water: see the coarse consistency at the top edge of the bowl?|
|after water: smooth just like mashed potatoes, huh?|
I froze 2/3rds of the cauliflower plain (in 2 separate packages) for future use. The third portion I used for dinner tonite. To up the flavor, I added some butter, salt, milk (in place of the water, same amount), pepper and parmesan cheese. I whirred it into the consistency of mashed potatoes and served it up. Let me tell you it's DELICIOUS.