Monday Meal Makeover: Spicy, Smoky Cauliflower Mash

This is a great recipe for people watching their carb intake. Instead of having starchy mashed potatoes, this light adaptation will taste very similar, if not better.

Yields 4 to 6 servings


4 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 large head)

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)

1 to 2 teaspoons adobo sauce, to taste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish


Steam the cauliflower in a steamer, insert set over boiling water, covered, until it is very soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the steamed cauliflower to a blender and puree with the cheese, milk, sour cream and lime juice until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender jar as necessary. Add the adobo sauce and salt and pepper to taste, pulse a couple more times and transfer to a serving bowl.

Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Ingrid launched Simply Delicioso on the Food Network in July 2007. She also hosts a Spanish-language cooking and lifestyle show called Delicioso on Galavision/Univision. Aside from the two shows, Ingrid pulled together a compilation of her recipes and entertaining ideas, which are showcased in her first cookbook, SIMPLY DELICIOSO: A Collection of Everyday Recipes With a Latin Twist, which is also availabe in a Spanish edition.