Comfort food recipe: cauliflower mash

Just because you’ve decided to go paleo doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy comfort food on a cold winter night! Instead of potato mash, why not trying to make some delicious cauliflower mash to ramp up the comforting level of your usual steak and salad?



  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut up and steamed very soft
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/lard/etc
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, very finely minced



Wash and cut cauliflower into florets and steam until soft. Don’t worry about over-steaming the cauliflower as plenty of moisture is going to make the mashing easier and the end result creamier.

Once steamed, measure in other ingredients and mash until smooth and creamy.

Serve with pretty much anything – delicious, healthy and so very comforting on a cold winter night!

Tip: Cauliflower also works as a rice alternative for curries. ┬áSteam until al-dente. Don’t add any additional ingredients and instead of mashing into a creamy mash, just use a fork to achieve a rougher texture.




  1. Too much garlic ! I think I’m going to throw up now after eating this :,( Well, it is making me nauseous.

    Please please reduce the garlic in this, or better yet cut it out altogether. We only used half the garlic called for and it was still too much for us.

    • So sorry to hear you didn’t like the recipe! We do have a habit of being a tad heavy handed with garlic… we can’t help but love it as it’s tasty and so very good for you.

      If you reacted so strongly to this one, I’d recommend scaling the garlic in our recipes way back for your kitchen!

      • Hi Tanya,
        Thank you for your response. I downloaded your iPhone app recently and it is brilliant. Yes, will definitely put in far less garlic. Maybe half a clove or even a quarter as it is so stron when raw. I was actually wondering whether the author of this recipe had much smaller cloves in their region? Ours are the size of a pecan roughly.

    • If you find raw garlic is too strong for you try roasting in the oven for 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the size of the clove, until just soft. This makes it much more palatable. I always use roasted garlic in salad dressings, dips etcc.

      • That’s a great idea Jennifer! Personally I love a strong garlic taste, but roast garlic is absolutely divine!

        • If it helps, I used more garlic than you called for — I absolutely love the stuff, sometimes I eat it raw!

          • Hahah – good to hear! I have to admit that I absolutely love garlic and add it into just about everything… and usually twice as much as the recipe calls for! xTanja

  2. Amazing!!!! Have found my potato mash replacement.. Made a Paleo shepherds pie, now that I have this one up my sleeve. Thank you :)


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