Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a perfect bowl of mashed potatoes. Or is that diamonds? Either way, in my world, comfort comes in a heaping pile of spud-mashed goodness. Being that I’m off gluten and in the middle of a cleanse, I had to go for the next best and highly convincing thing—cauliflower. This fiber rich veggie will delight you with it’s flavor and leave you feeling light and clean—and full of love!
1 head cauliflower, steamed
3 garlic cloves, still in skin, smashed
1 bay leaf
1 lemon, juiced
2 T extra virgin olive oil
zest of one lemon
2 heaping T nutritional yeast
good pinch sea salt and black pepper
small handful Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
4-5 large basil leaves, julienned
Place a steamer on the stove with about 2 inches of water. Place the bay leaf, 3 garlic cloves and 1/2 lemon into the water. Trim the stem and leaves of the cauliflower and place in the steamer for 20 minutes. During the steaming process make your dressing. Mix the lemon zest, juice, olive oil, parsley and basil leaves in a small bowl. Whisk in the nutritional yeast right before using. Remove from pot and place into a large bowl. With a potato masher or large fork, smash the cauliflower to a pulp. Pour dressing over the cauliflower and fold in until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper and additional nutritional yeast if desired.