Cauliflower Mash: A Perfect Side To Any Meal

During the summer I’m always in search of lighter meals and adding some variety to side dishes.  One of my go-to sides has been mashed cauliflower.  Anyone who enjoys mashed potatoes will like this alternative.  We often grill and flank steak is one of my families favorites, so this puree is a natural pairing.  My toddler loved each part of the process, from cutting the florets, using the food processor and adding in the seasonings.  Of course any chance he gets to help turn on the grill and hang out on the deck with daddy, he’s as happy as can be.  Check out all the fun we had in the images below and enjoy making this lighter alternative for your next dinner or lunch.

Do you have a favorite vegetable puree?  I would love to hear about it, leave a comment below.



Cauliflower Mash

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 - Head of Cauliflower
  • 2 Tablespoons - Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup - Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon - Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste


  1. Breakdown the head of cauliflower by cutting off the leaves and then chopping the florets into smaller 3 inch size pieces
  2. In a medium size pot, add a steam basket and fill with water until you start to see the water line at the bottom of the basket
  3. While the water comes to a boil, add the small cauliflower florets and cover
  4. Steam the florets until they are soft (7-10 mins). Use a knife to test
  5. Once steamed, add half of the florets to the food processor. Pulse until smooth
  6. Add sour cream and olive oil and pulse until combined
  7. Add the remaining cauliflower and the parmesan cheese. Pulse until smooth
  8. Start with 1/4 teaspoons of pepper and garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Pulse until combined. Add additional salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  9. Pulse until smooth and taste is to your liking. Enjoy!

Additional Info

For a basic Flank Recipe: Preheat grill to 500 degrees. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder. Add to grill, rotating every few minutes depending on size of the steak. Cook until a meat thermometer reads 125, remove from grill and have it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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  • comment-avatar
    Leigh July 21, 2016 (10:54 am)

    Every good Cross Fitter needs a cauliflower mash recipe! Looks great! Yum.