Cauliflower Mash Recipe by Catherine Marchetta

Hey Everyone! I am Catherine, from my self named blog Catherine Marchetta bringing you healthy living recipes and life tips. Today I am sharing Cauliflower Mash, it is super easy to make and delicious. I promise you won’t miss the potatoes in this recipe, the consistency and taste is so similar, it may even be…dare I say, better.

Recipe List: 

Frozen Cauliflower
Butter
Milk of choice (I used Almond)
optional: thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper

*Disclaimer: you will need a food processor, trust me on this…possibly a Vitamix would work too. Do not use a hand mixer, you will have cauliflower flying all over your kitchen. I may have learned that the hard way.

Firstly, you’ll need frozen cauliflower because we are busy and don’t have time to wring out the water in fresh cauliflower. Am I right? I love buying Trader Joe’s frozen grilled Cauliflower its gotta be one of my favorite items from there.


Directions:

Step 1: Place frozen Cauliflower or frozen riced Cauliflower (gather whatever serving size your heart desires), into a microwave safe dish with water covering cauliflower and microwave covered for 7 minutes.

Step 2: Drain water out of cauliflower dish and transfer to the food processor

Step 3: Add cauliflower, butter, garlic clove, splash of almond milk (you won’t need much since cauliflower is very water based) and pulse until smooth

Step 4: add salt, pepper, thyme and parmesan cheese.

Honestly this recipe is so easy I just eyeball everything measurement wise. It is super versatile and can be paired with vegan or paleo dishes and you’ll be sure to have leftovers.

If you’ve ever tried cauliflower mash before, comment below!

Until next time!
xo Cat

Be sure to check out Catherine’s blog here, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook! *PS: I have a guest post on her blog as well so be sure to check it out!

My Review: Monday Glow E-Book

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My best friend Catherine, and her older sister Annie put together an E-Book called “Monday Glow”. They created the book to help other girls just like me live their life in a healthy and happy way. I’m always down to try the hippest and hottest new health trends like going to a sweat lodge, or floating in a Dead Sea pool.

When I received the Monday Glow guide, I admit I was skeptical. I’ve tried many different fad diets such as paleo or juice cleansing (Blue Print to be exact), but I was pleasantly surprised to find the guide full of yummy meals with wholesome foods. After a weekend of dining out almost every meal, and going out with friends, I found myself lacking energy and feeling sick on Monday. This detox guide helped me to re-energize and get back on my daily grind.

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My favorite meal from the Monday Glow Guide was Beauty Bowl for lunch. It was filling, vibrant and I loved all the nutritional information that came in the guide. I also loved the Egg Bake, which I’ve made before in a previous post. It’s one of my favorite recipes that Catherine has shared with me.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the Monday Glow guide to any girl who wants to kick start a healthy diet and get back on track after a fun weekend. This is a great guide that has realistic eating expectations, with a lot of delicious recipes.

To get your own Monday Glow, check out Catherine and Annie’s e-book here!

 

 

Nana’s Lasagna

DSC_0859Why is it that grandmothers make everything better?! I swear even sandwiches taste better when my Nana makes them! I spent the weekend on Coronado at my grandparents amazing condo, and my Nana suggested we have lasagna for dinner. My mind immediately jumped to the family-style Stouffer’s meal I used to live on in college. She obviously scoffed at the idea of preparing a frozen meal for her grandchildren, and pulled out this family recipe for a much more gourmet version of the classic dish. Whole wheat noodles and cottage cheese, over ricotta, make for a (slightly) healthier, but just as yummy lasagna!

Nana’s Lasagna

1 medium onion, diced

1 shallot, diced

1/2 green pepper, diced

2 cans tomatoes (1 drained, 1 undrained)

1 can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon oregano

1/3 cup Italian seasoning (we used fresh parsley, rosemary, & thyme)

1 jalapeño, chopped

6 oz. mushrooms

1 can chopped black olives

1 lb. ground beef

2 boxes lasagna noodles

20 oz. cottage cheese

16 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced

Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute onion, shallot, and green pepper. Combine with rest of ingredients (besides meat, noodles, and cheese) and simmer for at least an hour. Meanwhile, brown meat, adding to sauce, and boil noodles. Grease large baking dish. Line with noodles and layer with cottage cheese, sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, respectively. Repeat, etc. ending with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 45 min to an hour, until heated through.

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