Mashed Cashew Cauliflower is an absolutely terrific way to drastically lower calories and carbs while still producing a side dish that looks, feels, and even tastes like that comfort food King (or Queen) mashed potatoes! The noble cauliflower is all the rage as a healthier, more nutritious alternative in any number of dishes from pizza to potatoes because it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and only a quarter the calories and carbs of its starchy opponent. And, it’s better for helping you maintain blood sugar levels.
Potatoes you see have a higher glycemic index even than sugar so eating them too frequently can train your body to become insulin resistant by spiking your blood sugar and insulin levels too often. If this happens it’s thought the surplus insulin gets stored in your body as fat… usually in the belly!
Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, especially the stems. A single serving can deliver more than 70 percent of your required daily intake. It also contains a range of B vitamins altogether good for your liver and brain. Studies also show it to be a tumor fighting food and its vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory making it helpful in fighting arthritis, chronic pain and IBS.
Finally, the pre-soaked cashews in this recipe, combined with the oil and lemon juice as well as the remaining moisture in the steamed cauliflower, allows you to make a cashew cream to replace the butter and dairy cream that might be included in your typical mashed potato recipe. So, it will be significantly lower in saturated fat and much lower cal!