I'm all for vegetables! I have big time love for the vegetable kingdom, however, there's one in particular that we tend to eat a little too often for my liking.
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Yep, I'm talking the white potato. In and of itself, the potato is fine and does contain some notable nutrition. But then we go and deep fry the snot out of them, turning them into french fries (deep fried kind not the baked kind), bathing them in sour cream, gooey cheese, bacon bits and heavy cream!
Um, not so healthy anymore. We've coated a starchy veg with bad fats and tons of salt - one way ticket to elevated blood sugar levels and increasing our risk of diabetes. Not to mention clogging our arteries potentially leading to circulatory and cardiovascular issues.
Potatoes are also part of the nightshade family which also includes eggplant, peppers & tomatoes. The nightshade vegetables, thanks to a chemical called solanine can create inflammation in the body. If you're someone who already suffers from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, you would want to significantly reduce if not eliminate the nightshades - including the potato.
I'm not at all saying I don't enjoy potatoes every now and again - I really do! There's something very comforting about a potato. But there's no reason it should be a staple in our everyday diet (meat and potatoes anyone?!).
My Life-Changing Cauliflower Mash will fool even the biggest potato lovers!
They are velvety-smooth, rich and full of flavour - perfect comfort food.
Life-Changing Cauliflower Mash
1 head of cauliflower, broken down into large pieces
1/3 cup almond milk (or any milk substitute)
2 tbsp organic ghee (olive oil or organic butter would be a fine substitute)
2 tsp dried organic chives (that's what I had on hand, fresh would be ideal)
2 cloves of roasted garlic*
sea salt and pepper to taste
*I personally find fresh garlic to be WAY too much in this recipe - it's just too sharp for my taste buds. I would suggest 1/2 tsp garlic powder if you don't want to roast your garlic. BUT seriously consider roasting your garlic! It adds a really nice toasty/carmely/sweetness and tones down that garlicky flavour.
Steam the cauliflower for 10 minutes or until tender.
Using a food processor (or handheld blender) combine the cauliflower, almond milk, ghee, chives, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning as needed.
- on its own topped off with hemp seeds for protein
- as a side dish with fish or organic chicken
- serve over or under veggie stew or chilli