Green Mashed No-Tatoes

One year on St. Patrick's Day my dad put green food coloring in our milk and all of us kids thought it was the best. thing. ever. Our cereal felt so festive and cool. I thought of the green St. Patty's day milk when I ran across this recipe a little while ago and saved it to make this month. Who doesn't want to have a few cool side dishes in their recipe book? Especially healthy ones like this one. That green color? It's spinach. And those "mashed potatoes"? Cauliflower. 

Okay, wait.

Before you go clicking off this page, listen to me for a second. This tastes good. Really good. I-may-never-make-mashed-potatoes-again good. And this is from someone who previously only ate cauliflower if it were smothered in a cheese sauce. It's weird, but this really tastes a lot like mashed potatoes. Fluffy mashed potatoes, at that. Cauliflower doesn't get gluey the way potatoes do if you process it in the food processor so you can get this dish silky smooth. Win. Cauliflower is also lower in calories, carbs and higher in many nutrients than potatoes. Double win. And have I mentioned there is no peeling? Win, win, win. I'm telling you, give these a try and you'll find yourself making them more than just as a fun gimmick for St. Patty's day. 

Green Mashed No-Tatoes

HeatOvenTo350 Published 03/12/2013
Green Mashed


  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped into florets
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach (not frozen)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl with about two tablespoons water. Cover the bowl tightly with microwave safe plastic wrap and cook for two minutes. Stir then cook for another two minutes until florets are just tender. Drain water and set aside. Alternately, you could steam the cauliflower over the stove.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute, then add the spinach and continue sauteing until the spinach just begins to wilt. Remove pan from heat and transfer garlic and spinach to a food processor or high-speed blender.
  3. Add the steamed cauliflower to the food processor, along with the salt, butter and milk. Process until smooth and season to taste.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Recipe Source: www.pbs.org/food

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Ok, I'm going to try to trick Nate into eating cauliflower, if you really think you can't tell (Although he'll smell it cooking...) Love the bright green color!

I discovered just last night that I LOVE mashed cauliflower! It's going to become part of my routine now and forever. I love the addition of spinach too!

Such a vibrant green color, I love it! I made mashed cauliflower once (no spinach though) and I was seriously impressed, it was good :) I doubt I could get Shane to eat it, but I just might try!

The smell does give it away a little. :) Good luck!

Oh, this is LOVELY! This looks like something I must try.
The recipe is great and I loved the picture!!


I had to laugh because when my husband did low carb several years ago, I saw this a recipe for mashed cauliflower, and that it tasted just like mashed potatoes - um, it didn't fly so much! But, I love it and I think my SIL would too - making this for one of our lunches next week - thanks Nicole! Biz

I have not been a fan of cauliflower up to this point but I LOVE mashed potatoes so you've convinced me to give this a try. I eat potatoes as a side dish too much, so it will be nice to have a healthier alternative!

They really do taste similar. I think it is the garlic in this recipe that helps hide the flavor differences. Hope you like them!

there. The current Food on Friday on
Carole's Chatter is collecting links to dishes using garlic. I do hope you link this in. This is the
. Please do check out some of the other links
– there are a lot of good ones already. Cheers

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