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Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower is a delicious, low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes!

Mashed Cauliflower in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

It seems like most people have gone low carb at least once in their life for one reason or another. We are all about having and providing options, and parmesan mashed cauliflower is such a delicious low carb alternative to mashed potatoes! Get ready to load up your plate, because this faux mashed potato side dish is one that you can feel good about. 

We fully believe in using whole, natural ingredients in our cooking, and we have stayed true to that in this recipe. Has anyone else noticed how many diet specific products contain a huge list of ingredients? Most of the time, we can’t even recognize half of them. Our mashed cauliflower is one keto friendly recipe that you can feel good about! Cauliflower, freshly grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, and chives. That’s it! You are going to love it! 

Do I need a food processor? 

Have a food processor handy? If you want to save some time, instead of using a hand mixer you can put the cooked cauliflower in the food processor and whip it to your liking. However, there is no need for a food processor for this recipe and a hand mixer or even a potato masher will work just fine. Just mash away!

Keto Friendly?

Cauliflower is a staple for many keto diets. It has very little carbs in it compared to most other starchy foods, and it can be a healthy addition to any diet. If you are looking for a great keto dish, this is the recipe for you!

Does mashed cauliflower taste like mashed potatoes?

Mashed cauliflower and mashed potatoes are made from two different vegetables. Because of this, they do taste different, however, they have a similar texture because they are both whipped. Mashed cauliflower tastes like mashed cauliflower. That being said, it is still a delicious dish that is a great option for people on the Paleo diet (sans cheese), keto diet, or anyone simply looking for a great low carb option.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave in 30-second increments until warmed through. 

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Mashed Cauliflower in a blue bowl with a wooden spoon in it.
Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower is a delicious, low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chives chopped
  • Fill a large sauce pan with water. Bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove the stalks and leaves from the cauliflower heads, leaving only the florets. Put the florets into the boiling water and boil until very tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain the florets and return to the empty pan or a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend up the cauliflower until smooth. You can also use a potato masher, or a food processor.
  • Add in the parmesan, olive oil and mix thoroughly. Garnish with chives. Serve hot.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 37.3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mashed Cauliflower
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