Here is a great loaded cauli mash side dish that is sure to please the family.  Mozzarella cheese added to cauli mash makes it a lot thicker and more substantial-tasting.  It is still not mashed potatoes.  It is cauli mash, but I am one of those people that prefers cauli mash to mashed potatoes.  When one is in maintenance, you can always mash in one small potato and get a closer match to mashed potatoes.  I have done that many times and my husband loves it!

6 cups cauliflower florets (1.5 L)
2 oz cream cheese (60 g)
2 tbsp butter (30 mL)
2 tbsp sour cream (30 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1/2 tsp crushed garlic (2 mL)
1/4 tsp white pepper (1 mL)
11/4 cups grated Mozzarella cheese (300 mL)
1/3 cup chopped green onions (75 mL)
2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped

In large pot of boiling water, cook cauliflower about 10 minutes until very tender.  Place in salad spinner and spin to get rid of excess water or place in colander and allow to drip dry and dry further by patting with paper towels.

In food processor, process cauliflower.  Add cream cheese, butter, sour cream, salt, garlic and white pepper; process.  Add 1 cup (250 mL) grated Mozzarella cheese and process.  Stir in 1/4 cup chopped green onions.  Place cauli mash in serving dish and sprinkle down the center with 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped green onions, remaining Mozzarella cheese and chopped bacon.  Serve.

Yield:  6 servings

1 serving

190 calories

10.3 g protein

14.2 g fat

1.9 g fiber

5.0 g net carbs

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