Mock Mashed Potatoes (Nightshade Free & Dairy Free Option)

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I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for quite awhile. I make this side dish at least a few times a month as it is a dish everyone in my family will eat and come back for seconds…or thirds. And that’s not an easy feat for a Mom when the main ingredient is cauliflower.

Whether you avoid nightshades (and thus potatoes) or just want to try a new way to enjoy cauliflower, this cheesy dish is for you.

More reasons to eat up: Cauliflower is a good source of Vitamin C, folate, fiber and manganese. There are many delicious ways to eat cauliflower, but this dish is one of my favorite ways to gobble the vegetable up.


1 large cauliflower

2 Tbsp. ghee (or butter)

2 Tbsp. unsweetened or homemade almond milk (or milk of choice)

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (dairy-free option: Daiya Cheese)

1 tsp. Herbamare

1 tsp. garlic powder

pepper to taste

Break cauliflower into florets and place pieces in a medium size pan with 3 cups water. Boil until the florets are tender and then drain water in a colander. Pour cauliflower into a large bowl and mash with a potato masher. Add in ghee, milk, cheese, garlic powder, Herbamare and pepper. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes or until texture is smooth and creamy.  Serve hot.

Optional-Top with cheese and pepper.

Makes 4 servings.

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  1. This looks awesome, I am so trying this next week!

  2. We make cauliflower “rice” and love it!

  3. thetastyalternative says

    Hi Laura,
    I’ve never tried dairy free cheese in my mock mashed taters.  Will have to try that for sure! Looks delish.  
    Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  4. I never would have believed cauliflower rice/fake mashed was yummy until I tried it myself. Wowee! I have found a fast version is to just start with frozen florets and microwave them. There are times my local grocery store doesn’t have fresh cauliflower, so having the frozen is helpful. 

  5. Milehimama says

    We make this but with cauliflower and cream cheese.  YUM!  Great “company” or holiday dish.

  6. rogenerobbins1 says

    There are so many wonderful things that can be done with cauliflower!  Bob loves it mashed.

  7. Sounds yummy!!  I’ve used up my cauliflower for this year and haven’t seen any in the grocery store as of late.  But, I would love to give this a try!  And, I have a recipe for making homemade dairy free Parmesan cheese with only a few ingredients.  I believe I have it coming up in a post soon.  It’s fantastic and would go great on this.  Thanks for sharing this week!

  8. AmeeBeckLivingston says

    I love cauliflower “mashed potatoes”!  Thank you for sharing with my readers!!

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