Happy New Year everyone!  I'm going to write a post about how we dealt with the food on our cruise in the next few days, but I wanted to share a quick one tonight.

Charlie's awesome 4th grade teacher came over for dinner and although she told us she was not a big cauliflower fan when she heard it was being served, she ended up taking a second helping.  This was a hit with everyone, as you can see by the above photo of what was left after dinner.  I'm happy to say, this is a no-oil, no-anything-bad recipe, except for a little bit of salt.  I made a different version a few weeks ago without the smoked paprika and I really liked this additional element.  The last time, I did include some cannellini beans, which gave it a rich flavor.  If you want to add them, I would do it at step 4.  Let me know if you have some good variations of your own!    

As always, I must apologize for the approximate measurements... one of these days, I will actually measure things out as I make a recipe... like many of you, I'm a "little of this, a little of that" kind of gal...

"Cheezy" Mashed Cauliflower
2 heads of cauliflower, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 cup of vegetable broth
1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
Garlic powder, salt and pepper

1. Place the cauliflower in a large pot and add a couple inches of water
2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer/steam for 10-15 minutes, until soft
3. Drain water and return to pot
4. Add garlic, broth, nutritional yeast and paprika
5. Use an immersion blender and mash until smooth, or remove to blender
6. Add additional garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

I love mashing cauliflower because it has a satisfying, "carby" feel to it.  You can eat a lot and not feel guilty, unlike mashed potatoes!