This recipe provides instructions to create the tastiest fat-free mashed “potatoes” you’ll ever eat. That’s right. Tasty AND fat-free AND mashed potatoes all in one sentence. While there aren’t actually any potatoes in this recipe, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the looks and consistency of the end product. Cauliflower and millet come together for an irresistibly creamy side dish, without the need of virtually any fat. That means no butter, no cream, no milk, no anything that’s in traditional mashed potatoes except for a little salt and water to cook the ingredients. The taste is just a tad sweeter from your typical mashed potatoes, but delicious nonetheless. If you weren’t too sure about millet before, try this recipe and allow yourself to uncover the creamy potential of the nutritious whole grain.
Millet Cauliflower Mash
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 cup millet, uncooked
-4 cups cauliflower
-1/2 tsp. salt
-3 1/4 cups water
In a large saucepan, heat 1/4 cup water. Add onions and saute for approx. 5 minutes, or until almost translucent. Add remaining 3 cups of water and salt and bring to boil. Add millet and cauliflower, and return to a boil. Cover, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
Transfer to a food processor (can substitute with a blender if needed), and process until smooth and creamy. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired.
For a traditional mashed potato-like flavor, stick to the original recipe above. However, there are tons of tasty variations for those who are looking for something a little different. Experiment with any of the following for a unique, tasty, AND healthy side dish.
Suggested variations (add during food processing step):
- Add 1 tsp. prepared horseradish
- Add 2 tsp. caraway seeds
- Add 1 Tbsp. of basil, dill, or oregano
- Smother with a mushroom gravy