Mashed Cauliflower for the Holidays

“I hate cauliflower!” says my 11-year-old stepdaughter, Jordyn, when I asked her if she likes this vegetable that I happen to LOVE.  Then, as she’s eating my mashed cauliflower recipe, thinking it’s made out of potatoes, she asks… “May I have a third helping please?”

Sorry, but I get some kind of crazy thrill at tricking kids to eat healthy things!

This dish is usually a favorite at my holiday meals!  Most people don’t know it’s cauliflower until you tell them!  The interesting flavorful mix of dill and Feta is awesome…and I don’t normally like dill.  Or Feta!  (There’s quite a bit of cheese in this recipe, so if you’re lactose intolerant, try substituting with soy cheese and vegan Feta).

I guarantee you’ll have your guests asking for a second helping, and the recipe.  I encourage you to try this as a new dish at your Thanksgiving table – and then let me know how everyone likes it!

YUMMM!!!!  Picture courtesy of Kalyn’s Kitchen.  Recipe adapted from Katlyn’s Kitchen.

Why use Cauliflower?

  • It’s low glycemic (won’t spike your blood sugar) so it helps with weight loss
  • It’s high in fiber (helps you detox better) so it helps with weight loss
  • It’s fun to trick people with it! (if you’re a weirdo like me and find that fun)

So, here you go!

Mashed Cauliflower with Cheese and Dill

  • 1 large head cauliflower (4-5 cups cauliflower flowerets)
  • salt, for water to cook cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp butter (I prefer Ghee)
  • 3 tsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Mexican four cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Wash cauliflower and remove core, then cut and break into small flowerets. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a generous amount of salt, and boil cauliflower until it is quite soft, about 20 minutes. Pour cauliflower into a colander and let it drain well for about 5 minutes. (Don’t rush the draining step or the dish will probably be too watery.)

When cauliflower is well drained, pour back into cooking pot and add butter, lemon juice, and chopped fresh dill.

Mash with potato masher, until ingredients are well mixed. Add milk and both types of cheese and mash again until cheese is mixed in and cauliflower is quite soft. You can use an electric beater or food process for the final mashing if you prefer. Taste cauliflower and season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. You may need to put it back on the stove and warm for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve hot.

Makes 4-6 servings (I usually double, triple, or quadruple this recipe!)

It’s Your Turn!

Can’t wait for you to try this recipe…Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

Priscilla Freed

Compound Effect Power: Worked for Liz, Can Work for You!

Last week I wrote about the Compound Effect – and my post really prompted a lot of interesting discussions.

Today, I want to share another inspiring example of the Compound Effect at work.

“The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices,” says Darren Hardy.

What’s really incredible about its work is that, even though our actions or decisions seem incredibly small and almost inconsequential in the moment, the results are HUGE.

Take Liz for example…

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Aaron Shed 30 Pounds with Compound-Effect Thinking

If you’d like to lose weight, take a sec to imagine yourself at your ideal weight.  How would that look?  How would you feel?

Now, imagine yourself working on getting to that weight.  How long would it take you?

3 months?  6 months?  1 year?

Most of us would prefer the 3 month plan versus the 1 year plan, wouldn’t we?  (Heck, 30 days would be AWESOME!)

How about 1 year…and counting?

Recently, I was chatting with Aaron, my brother-in-law’s brother.

About a year ago, Aaron, and some other family members along with him, decided he was going to begin a weight loss journey.  They enrolled in a friendly “Weigh and Win” contest together – even coming up with a cash prize that would be awarded to the member who lost the most weight in a year.

So, Aaron went to work.  Inspired by getting back to his high school weight, along with a little money motivation, he’s been run-walking a 5K a month and working on his diet.


Now, here’s the most inspiring part of the whole story.  When I spoke with Aaron, he told me that he won the contest and lost about 22 pounds.


Not two pounds a week.

Did you catch that?

Two Pounds a Month!!  Aaron is living proof of:

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