Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Quick & Easy Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a delicious, healthier version on mashed potatoes.
2014 is drawing to a complete close as the AfroVeganChick blog nears third birthday. Tomorrow I will be posting top of the tops. Most viewed post, most Facebook liked, most pinned, etc. Some readers have perused surprising recipes and topics. However, I am most happy to still have retained an audience. I thank Ann of An Unrefined Vegan, Poppy of Bunny Kitchen, and Angela of Canned Time for hosting the Virtual Vegan Potlucks and Linky Parties, Lydia of Vegan Bloggers Unite, companies like Daiya, Beyond Meat and other vegan bloggers/sites who've supported by sharing on Internet avenues. I have had so many days desiring to quit writing due to time and what appeared to be lack of interest. Yet passion is dominate.
Something has been noticeable from this year's winter holiday posts. I forgot to use Gardein gravy packets that came with turk'y cutlets. Thus far, I had collected four packets.What better than mashed potatoes soaking up delicious savory sauce? Except well, frozen cauliflower would be the victorious champion.
Mashed cauliflower has always been a recipe on my radar list. Between homemade cauliflower cream sauces and whatnot, one would imagine that the mashed potato replacement had already been created. But no. It has not. Until now. Here is the quick version. This is intended for when you have gravy on standby. Sans the vegan butters and culinary oils, amount of water is key to a smooth yet whipped consistency. Too much is liquid-y. Too little is cauliflower floret lumps galore. Now you might be shooting for the latter, but for true genuine "ha ha I fooled you" is that perfect balance.

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients and Preparation

1 cup frozen cauliflower
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper 

Steam cauliflower.
Drain some of the water. Keep about 1/3 cup.
Pour into blender. Add nutritional yeast, salt, and white pepper. Whip. 

Fried tempeh is another simple entree. Spiced and rubbed protein component is seared in a skillet of coconut oil on each side for 5-6 minutes. Gardein's leftover gravy smothers mashed cauliflower and tempeh in such a dreamy way, it looked far too beautiful to eat.
Steamed carrots were definitely a plus!
One plate meal fulfills all a vegan needs.

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