I spent most of this weekend fighting off an upper respiratory virus which meant lots of water and rest. Late yesterday afternoon, I wandered into our kitchen in search of comfort food.
A cold front had swept through the Deep South while I napped and my husband had a beautiful fire warming our house when I woke.
It was clear to him that I was feeling better because I was in the kitchen, chopping veggies and for a lack of better words, playing with foods. Cooking always makes me feel more alive.
Since I was still nursing a cold, comfort food sounded splendid. I don’t know about you but mashed potatoes fit that bill any day. Ever since I got crohn’s disease in 2001 I have been eating knock-off mashed potatoes because regular white potatoes are too difficult for me to digest. Until yesterday, my favorite faux potato recipe was made from cauliflower.
Last night I stumbled upon a whole new level of yumminess!
Over our years together, my husband has tried to like the cauliflower-based mashed potato recipes but they have not been his favorite. After his first taste of this dish, eyes bright, he said “mmm, these taste like mashed potatoes”.
Seriously these are superb and are the closest thing to old fashioned mashed potatoes that I have tasted yet. I can’t believe it took me 14 years to figure this recipe out because it is so easy.
3-4 (6 Cups chopped) Japanese Sweet Potatoes (also known as White Sweet Potatoes –they are white inside) * I buy them at Whole foods, I believe that Trader Joe’s Has recently started carrying them too or you can order them through the Amazon link
2 Heads of Cauliflower
Enough water to cover and boil cubed potatoes and cauliflower (SAVE 2-1/2 Cups water after boiling for recipe)
1 TBSP Sea Salt
Dried Parsley Flakes
1 .Peel and cube potatoes
2. Chop cauliflower
3. Cover potatoes and cauliflower with water and bring to a boil, cover and boil on medium-low/low until tender
4. Drain potatoes and cauliflower **Keeping 2-1/2 Cups of water from boiled water**
6. Taste: Add extra salt to your taste. If you want the mash to be less lumpy, add more of the reserved water.
7. Sprinkle dried parsley flakes on top prior to serving
Migraine Tip: Regular White Potatoes are a common migraine trigger so this is a nice substitute (and it tastes like the real deal)
AIP Tip: Ghee is an AIP re-intro food. Some people on AIP are able to tolerate grassfed butter but it is not on the AIP diet.