family favorite redux

there are certain recipes that will forever remind me of home, of my childhood, of holidays… of the past. i love when the aromas of certain foods reach me and instantly transport me to a favorite memory.

one of these recipes is a dish my family lovingly refers to as “potarrots.” the greatest mashed potato/carrot concoction there ever was. oh, it was savory… a little bit sweet… so, so creamy and buttery. really, the perfect complement to your gravy. {more on my total and complete gravy obsession another time} they.are.delicious. they are also not super healthy. i know, i know… but just because they have carrots in them doesn’t make them healthy. so when one night i was craving some potarrots, i set out to create a healthier version of the old family favorite. i give you… “carriflowers.” and i highly recommend you try.
Smashed Carriflower
what you’ll need:
3C carrots, rough cut
1 head of cauliflower, about 5C rough cut
2.5C reduced-sodium chicken stock
3TBSP fat free cream cheese
1TBSP Brummel & Brown margarine (optional)
salt & pepper, to taste
parsley, to garnish

what you’ll do:
1. in a large pot, add cauliflower, carrots & stock
2. bring to a boil, cover & cook until carrots & cauliflower are tender (about 15 minutes)
3. add cream cheese & mash away until you reach desired consistency (i used my handy dandy immersion blender, but you could mash by hand, no problem}
4. salt & pepper to taste

{note: fond memories may be a side effect of smashed carriflower consumption.}

woo-hoo! completely yummy, and completely healthy. i was so pleased with these, I made them again two nights later.

any family favorites you’ve successfully revamped & made your own?

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2 thoughts on “family favorite redux

    • hello, hello & thanks for stopping by! and thank you so much for taking the time to comment. i’m glad this recipe looked good to you. with something like cauliflower & carrots… you never know what sort of reception it may get. i’m off to visit becomingthebarrs. hope to hear from you again!

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