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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This is a great recipe for those times when you want to do something different with a head of cauliflower, or when you are trying to get your kids to eat cauliflower, or just when you feel like the comfort of mashed potatoes but want something more healthy. This is super easy to make so this recipe is great for something in a pinch too. Cauliflower is very low in calories and it is super high in vitamin C, and it also has a high fiber content. Red potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C as well. And the last main ingredient in this recipe is garlic, which has so many health benefits, I will just let you find out more about that here. My family loves this and so do I.

Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes

4-5 red potatoes, washed and cut into 1 inch cubes (I always leave the skins on)

1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into medium small florets

1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed, optional (I use the back of a chef knife to smash it)

2 tsp. grapeseed or garlic oil

2-3 tbsp. vegetable broth

salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in a little salt and the potatoes and garlic. After the pot comes back to a boil, add the cauliflower and turn down the heat to simmer and cook until the cauliflower is very tender. This takes about 10-12 minutes. Drain the vegetables into a colander and put them back into the empty pan and mash them with a potato masher. Add the oil and broth and continue to mash until they are the consistency of mashed potatoes. In fact, they will look like mashed potatoes, which is a fun secret to have if you don’t want your kids to know they are eating cauliflower. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is such a flavorful dish because of the garlic that I don’t even make gravy to serve along with them, but you can if you want to anyway.

 

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Dr. Greger

Even though I have been eating vegan for over 20 years, I still love to stay informed and up to date on current health research. One of my favorite videos to watch and to refer to others is Forks Over Knives, which you can find on netflix instant play, but a new website that I love to visit lately is nutritionfacts.org. This is a website where Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. posts videos and articles based on nutritional research from around the world. It is great because he condenses the scientific research into understandable presentations and he also posts the actual research article so you can read it all on your own if you want to. Most of the videos are only two minutes, so you can get a daily dose without spending hardly any time if you want, but my favorite so far is the video titled, “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death”. It is 55 minutes long, but WELL worth the time because it is so informative and educational. Check it out and learn something that could change your life!