I’m not really sure when it happened exactly, but one fateful day not that long ago I discovered a difficult truth:
That fit body I used to have for free thanks to a metabolism that ran at light speed, now required some maintanance. All of a sudden my favorite jeans weren’t my favorites anymore. I decided I needed to do something … fast.
So I threw caution to the wind, started an intense workout regime, and went low carb. UGH. What do you mean I can’t have potatoes anymore? Have you ever seen an adult woman, who learned how to cook in her Irish grandmother’s kitchen and so every recipe relates back to potatoes, cry? Well, it happened. Faced with the difficult choice of Thunder-Thighs or carbs, I buckled down and committed to some diet and lifestyle changes.
If there’s one thing my Grandmother taught me, it was a love for veggies. So I started looking for alternatives. That’s when I came up with this little idea. I’m probably not the first to think this up, but for an Irish kid jonesin’ for some mashed taters I felt like I had landed on the moon. Seriously, these are that good. When great comfort-food-taste meets low-carb-meal-ready-in-under-30-minutes and make a love child, this is what you get.
Salty, savory bacon gives this fully-loaded cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe some contending power. A little mild cheese, some salt and pepper and a few dashes of sour cream to add a little creaminess…you get the idea. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Why? Because it reminds me that eating healthier doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or experience. This recipe works awesome as a side or main course for lunchtime – I just finish a whole head (smaller one) of cauliflower myself and call it a day….until dinner anyway.
So here’s to eating and living healthier, without all the sacrifice – Enjoy!
- 6 oz bacon, fried until crispy
- 2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
- ½ cup colby cheese, grated
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ tsp salt
- *Optional: Fresh herbs of your choice
- In a large, heavy-bottoms skillet, fry bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
- While bacon is frying, prep cauliflower head by removing core and cutting into chunks. Steam until soft, 5-8 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mash cauliflower, sour cream and cheese until cauliflower mixtures reaches desired consistency.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and bacon