Light & Easy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

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This creamy and silky Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash will blow your mind!  I’m talking, one bite and your taste buds sing, you think, wow, these are deliciously creamy mashed potatoes.  Someone tells you its cauliflower mash and just like that, mind blown!

The texture is perfectly creamy and mimics mashed potatoes.  The flavor of the cauliflower when pureed like this is so mild, it completely takes on the beautiful aromatic roasted garlic, Parmesan Cheese, and the chicken bouillon flavoring.  It’s delicious by itself or with a savory sauce or gravy!  

CAULIFLOWER IS SOOO GOOD FOR YOU!

Cauliflower is a great low-calorie and low-carb food full of health benefits!  This recipe has only 65 calories per serving, even with the parmesan and milk!   While it’s low in calories and carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals.  Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  So, it also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.  

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR GARLIC CAULIFLOWER MASH

For roasting the cauliflower and garlic, you will need a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11).

For making the Mash, you need a food processor. If you are like me and only have a mini food processor, no worries, just blend in 2 batches and then mix all of it together.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR GARLIC CAULIFLOWER MASH

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. This entire recipe can be prepared in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days in advance.

It starts with chopping up the cauliflower florets into small pieces so that they cook faster.  You want them to get really soft so they blend up smooth.

TIP: I place my cutting board right inside my pan, so when I’m done chopping, I can simply slide the cutting board out dumping all of the cauli pieces onto the pan!  No Mess!!  

Cauliflower on cutting board in sheet pan with knife for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Knife cutting cauliflower on cutting board in sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Dumping chopped cauliflower from cutting board onto sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Before roasting the cauliflower, I simply drizzle olive oil over top and then rub it around with my hands to ensure all are coated as well as the bottom of the pan.  I don’t season with salt and pepper at this stage because I want to taste and control how much goes in after the other ingredients.

To the pan, I also add 3 cloves of garlic!  They can go right on the pan, skins and all.  The roasting brings out the most amazing buttery flavor.

Cover and roast!

Adding olive oil to chopped cauliflower on sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Aluminum foil covering chopped cauliflower on sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Once the garlic and cauliflower are roasted, they get mashed!  Save the parmesan, salt, and pepper until the end.  First blend the cauliflower, garlic (skins removed), milk, and chicken bouillon or base.

Once blended, then you can add the parmesan salt and pepper in.  Pulse to combine, taste, and add salt or pepper as needed to make sure it’s perfect!

cooked cauliflower and other ingredients in food processor for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Cauliflower Mash puree in food processor for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.

Can I freeze the Garlic Cauliflower Mash after it’s made?

Yes, you can freeze it, however, it will retain water.  Therefore, when reheating it, you will want to bake it in the oven for 20 minutes 350 to ensure that any excess water evaporates.  Add milk and/or butter to bring it ‘back to life’.  It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Can I leave the Parmesan out?

You can leave out the Parmesan Cheese, but you may need to add a touch more salt, so just taste for seasoning.  You can also swap with shredded cheddar!

What can I serve with this?

Oh, my friend, so many things!!!  The #1 recipe on my site that is perfectly paired with this Mash is my 5-Ingredient Meatloaf and it’s delicious!  Try my Oven Fried Chicken with Bacon & Honey for a Southern dinner with a twist.  Or if you want something on the grill, how about my Garlic Steak Kabobs?  Or a very flavorful Hungarian Paprika Chicken where the peppery flavor goes so well with this Mash!  And, if you want something really saucy to pour over this Mash?  Well, then try this Tarragon Mustard Chicken! 

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash in a bowl with spoon. The texture is perfectly creamy and along with the flavor, mimics mashed potatoes.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

This creamy and silky Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash will blow your mind!  The texture is perfectly creamy and mimics mashed potatoes.  The flavor of the cauliflower when pureed like this is so mild, it completely takes on the beautiful aromatic roasted garlic and the chicken bouillon flavoring.  It's delicious by itself or with a savory sauce or gravy!  #cauliflowermash #glutenfree #easysides

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, gluten free, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 65 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower (about 5 cups florets)
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp Chicken base (or crumbled bouillon)
  • 1/2-1 cup 1% Milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. If your cauliflower is not cut, then cut off the florets and then give them a rough chop to get to small pieces that can cook faster.

    Knife cutting cauliflower on cutting board in sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.
  3. To a large Sheet pan, add cauliflower florets and whole garlic cloves (with skin is fine as you can remove later). Drizzle or Spray everything with 1 tbsp Olive Oil plus salt and pepper, then rub it all around with your hands. Spread out into a single layer. Put the pan in the oven center rack and roast for 20 minutes.
    Adding olive oil to chopped cauliflower on sheet pan for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.
  4. If the skins are still on the garlic, remove or squeeze the roasted garlic out. Discard the skins and then transfer the garlic and the cauliflower to a food processor. Add the milk, chicken base. Pulse to get going, then puree until smooth. Add the parmesan cheese and pulse to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and add as needed.
    Cauliflower Mash puree in food processor for Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.
  5. To serve, garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
    Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash in a bowl with spoon. The texture is perfectly creamy and along with the flavor, mimics mashed potatoes.

Easiest 5-Ingredient Green Rice Recipe

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Green Rice on platter with chicken kabobs on top.  This Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients.  Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe!

Close Up of green rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

FROM PLAIN TO SUPER RICE! 

While white rice is a great backdrop for sauces and big flavors, it really has very little in the way of nutritional value.  By adding basil, chives, and spinach to it, you are infusing it with flavor, vitamins, and nutrients!!  With the addition of the small amounts of basil and chive, their role here is really to bring the flavor.  But the Spinach is what brings the nutrition to the party!

White rice has very little fiber, but spinach is high in fiber, which makes it a great addition!  While white rice does have Vitamin A, it is lacking on most other vitamins, including the all important Vitamins C which is an antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function.  And while white rice has 0% calcium, guess what is a great source of calcium?  Yep, spinach!  Check out all of the benefits that spinach brings to the mix.

This rice would go great with any of these main proteins!

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in a bowl for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe either a food processor or blender will work. My go-to mini food processor was perfect for the job.

EASY STEPS TO MAKE YOUR GREEN RICE

You can make this Green Rice up to 5 days in advance and reheat heat it.  There really are only 3 easy steps to this.  

1.Make your rice.

2.Add the basil, chives, sour cream and spinach to the blender or food processor and blend.

Basil and chives in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and sour cream in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, and spinach in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

3.Mix the sauce into the rice.

Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended and added on top of cooked white rice in pot for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

What other herbs could I use?

In place of the basil, you could go with cilantro or dill.  I wouldn’t combine all three together, but select one as your primary flavor.  

If you don’t have chives, you could use 1-2 scallions or skip it all together, but I really like a slight onion flavor in this.  

You could also add parsley.  If you want to add kale, you may want to saute if first to soften it a bit as it has a heartier texture and won’t get as creamy from the raw state as spinach. 

Will other grains work with this?

Of course!  Instead of white rice, you could use brown rice, quinoa, farro, couscous, or even a small pasta, like orzo. 

Can this Green Rice be frozen?

You can make this recipe and freeze it for up to 6 months.  To freeze it, you will want to cool it in the fridge first.  Then you can place it in a large storage bag and flatten it to freeze it.  Or you can spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze it, then transfer it to a container.  You can freeze it in a freezer-safe bowl, but it can take a long time defrost when it’s in a large clump.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.

5-Ingredient Easy Green Rice

This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.  Basil gives it fresh herb flavor, chives bring a slight onion flavor, and spinach rounds it all out with beautiful green color and so many healthy vitamins.  In just a few minutes you can turn your white rice into this fantastic Green Rice Recipe! #ricerecipes #sidedishes #healthysides #greenrice

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minute Meal, healthy recipes, meal prep, rice, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 67 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 20 Basil Leaves
  • 10 Chive Sprigs
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to package instructions. Or…to a small-medium pot with a lid, add 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and rice. Bring water to boil, stir, turn heat down to lowest setting, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but leave covered until ready to serve.

  2. Add the basil, chives, and sour cream to the blender or food processor. I add the spinach leaves last just so the sour cream is near the bottom and can help it blend. Pulse to start and then blend until smooth and creamy.

    Basil, chives, spinach, and sour cream blended in food processor for Green Rice Recipe. It takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.
  3. Mix the sauce into the rice. Enjoy!

    Green Rice in pot. This Green Rice Recipe takes white rice from plain to amazing with just 5 ingredients. Filled with herbs and spinach, it has the perfect herby flavor.