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Whole30 Herb-Garlic Smashed Cauliflower

As seen on Day 8 of our Whole30 Challenge. This recipe is a healthy alternative to Mashed Potatoes. It will never taste exactly like mashed potatoes, but once you can get over that, you will find it's a nice substitute. We've served ours with filets and with chicken tenders.

Whole30 Herb-Garlic Smashed Cauliflower


  • head of cauliflower

  • 2 tablespoons ghee (olive oil can also be used)

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 onion

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

  • green onions, chopped (to sprinkle on top)

  • Optional: Fresh herbs, finely chopped (such as 1 Tbsp Rosemary, 1 Tbsp Thyme)


  1. Clean cauliflower and cut into smaller pieces.

  2. Heat water on stove until boiling. Then add cauliflower and reduce heat.

  3. Cook cauliflower until it is tender, but not mushy (usually 10-15 minutes).

  4. While waiting for cauliflower to cook, add remaining ingredients to food processor.

  5. After cauliflower is done cooking (10-15 minutes usually), drain and pat with paper towels to remove excess water (the drier the cauliflower, the better).

  6. Transfer cauliflower florets to food processor. Pulse several times, then blend until smooth and creamy (but don't over process).

  7. Top with chives.

TASTE TEST: The taste and flavoring of the herb-garlic smashed cauliflower was actually pretty darn good. I would say we may have overcooked the cauliflower a tad since we were multi-tasking watching youtube videos on our new food processor, so they had the consistency of instant mashed potatoes, but other than that, I would have these again!

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