Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Day 7: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower and White Beans

This is my not-so-secret Thanksgiving recipe for garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower and white beans. I have been making this for years for my family and no one has been the wiser. Everyone thinks they are just eating mashed potatoes. Little did they know they were getting some great nutrients and fiber without all the extra calories.

I am one of those cooks that puts in a little bit of this and a little bit of that, so I tried to mentally measure and write down the recipe for you. I have played with this recipe and changed it up a little bit at times, to do a loaded version or used different herbs and spices for fun. Let this recipe be your inspiration to get creative in the kitchen.

How do you like your potatoes on Thanksgiving?

Photo Credit:  Manuel Alarcon


1 head cauliflower, chopped
2 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
12-ounce can of canellini beans, rinsed and drained (you can really use any white bean, such as navy or Great Northern)
1/3 cup low-fat chicken stock or chicken broth
1/4 cup Brummel and Brown (yogurt based butter substitute)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup light sour cream
lots of pepper
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika (or sometimes I use rosemary)
1 head roasted garlic, squeezed out of skins ( yes whole bulb,  not just a clove)

Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and White Beans

Boil potatoes and cauliflower together until tender.
Drain and mash potatoes, cauliflower, beans, chicken broth and butter substitute.
Add rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly.

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  1. Grace I was wondering if I could puree the cauliflower, beans and liquids in blender instead of boiling cauliflower. That way it wouldn’t lose any nutrients. How do you think this would affect the taste, texture, and overall finished product?

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