Meatless Monday: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin-Seed Scallion Pesto

Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! It’s always fun, in a slightly worrisome and embarrassing sort of way, when I get asked to teach someone a dish I’ve never made before. And such was the case with this cauliflower mashed potato recipe.

For potato lovers like myself, cauliflower can seem like the poor (paleo) man’s carb. But it is surprisingly adept at mimicking all manners of starch. I have yet to try the cauliflower fried rice that’s making the rounds on the web. But after this cauliflower pizza crust turned out perfectly dense and crispy, I’m officially a believer.

cauliflower head for my roasted curried cauliflower soup recipe Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! So when one of my private class clients asked me to add a cauliflower mashed potato recipe to the menu, I went against all of my teacherly instincts, and decided to wing it on her dime.

This was a lot less risky than the time I did the same thing with a $150 Christmas goose. And luckily, thanks to the fairly straightforward technique involved, it turned out a lot better than that catering semi-disaster. In fact, the cauliflower mashed potatoes were so easy and foolproof, I went right home and started dreaming up other flavor combinations to try beyond the usual butter and chive nonsense.

Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! Ever since this Peking chicken recipe, I’ve become a huge fan of subbing coconut oil for butter to add body and richness to healthier dishes (I like this brand). So with this in mind, I decided to whip up my cauliflower mashed potatoes with a few tablespoons, and then top them with an Asian-inspired pumpkin seed scallion pesto.

The combination was a most excellent bed for this Gluten-Free Meatloaf with Ginger-Sriracha Glaze, and something I’m happy to now have in my back pocket for the next low carb friendly class. Also, I very much enjoyed tricking you guys into thinking the scallion pesto image was pistachio ice cream on instagram.

Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan! Have any of you tried other cauliflower carb substitutions? I’d love to hear your yays and nays in the comment section!

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Phoebe

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Paleo cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe with pumpkin seed scallion pesto | healthy, dairy-free and vegan!

Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin-Seed Scallion Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin-Seed Scallion Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (get a FREE jar here)
  • 4 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. Cook the cauliflower until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain very thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the coconut oil and mash the cauliflower until smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  3. Meanwhile, make the pesto: puree the scallions, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt until smooth.
  4. Transfer the cauliflower mashed potatoes to a bowl and top with the pesto. Garnish with more pumpkin seeds and scallions and serve.

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6 Responses to Meatless Monday: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin-Seed Scallion Pesto

  1. Frankie says:

    By florets you mean no stems? Cause I don’t know you mash those. With a fork? Pounder? Ricer?

    • yes – minimal stems. You wouldn’t want more than 1/2 inch below the mushroom cloud 🙂 but they still get pretty tender when you parboil. I had no trouble with a regular masher, but if you wanted something smoother you could add to a food processor. They don’t get gluey like potatoes.

  2. We did a bit of a carb cleanse a little while ago and hopped on the LCHF band wagon. Cauliflower mash got me through the dark days. With a little bit of garlic and grain mustard – Amazing!

  3. Paul says:

    How much pumpkin seeds for the pesto? There is no quantity given. you do say to garnish with more pumpkin seeds.

  4. Cauliflower isn’t of one our favorite veggies (we prefer it’s ‘cousin’ broccoli) but we’ve seen how versatile it is in the web and perhaps we must rethink this:)
    Your recipe sounds very good, different and definitely an interesting new thing to try!
    We’ll take one on Saturday in the farmer’s market to check this one out, we really want to see how it turns out!
    Thank you for this novel idea Phoebe!
    xoxoxo

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