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“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up”

We kicked off the New Year by relocating to California. I love the weather, the wildlife, and everything else I have experienced here so far. I am studying full-time for my ACE Fitness Trainer Exam coming up in early March, so I have been somewhat disconnected and hermit-like. I have a little over 2 weeks left until my test date, and I am somewhere in-between really excited to ‘spread my wings’ and losing my marbles.

Cooking is something I love, and keeps me sane sometimes. I haven’t been going nuts trying new recipes, because I am really trying to keep most of my focus on studying. However, we all need balance, do we not? My goal in creating and altering recipes is to find a balance between nutrition and flavor. I am a big fan of going bananas with spices, but mashed potatoes are one of those things that I generally keep relatively simple. This is a creamier recipe than I have made in the past and I was really proud with how well it came out, so I hope you enjoy it.

 

Yield: 4-6 servings

 

Ingredients:

4 small to medium Yukon Gold Potatoes

1 head Cauliflower

4 Cloves Garlic

3 TBSP onion Flakes or a medium-sized onion

¼ cup Light Sour Cream

Freshly Ground Pepper

A dash of salt or hot sauce (depending on your taste buds)

 

Equipment:

-A kick-butt blender or food processor

-A spatula (for stirring and licking)

-A fork, large spoon or other potato smashing apparatus

-A strainer

 

Instructions:

  1. Chop the potatoes and Usable parts of the cauliflower head into approximately similar-sized 2” Morsels. Add said Morals along with whole peeled garlic cloves to a medium-sized pot and add just enough water to cover everyone.
  1. Lid the pot and bring to a boil, setting the burner on Med/High. Allow everyone to bathe for about 15 minutes, or fork-tender.
  1. Kill the heat, strain the liquid and give everything a rough mash with your weapon of choice.
  1. Add about half of the steamy smashed contents of the pot to your amazing blender or food processor.
  1. Patiently blend.* For me, this usually involves starting on the lowest setting and giving the blender breaks (kill the power) and stir with the spatula, and then continue on. As everyone comes together, you can gradually amp up the power, and slowly add the remaining contents of the pot.
  1. Add the sour cream, pepper and other seasonings of your choice, and blend until everything is harmoniously combined
  1. Serve and Enjoy!

 

*Be loving to your blender. He can probably do more than you think if you are patient with him. I say this as someone who broke several blenders learning to make hummus in my early 20s. I can still smell the motor dying…sorry Marge! 🙂