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Clean Eating Mock Mashed Potatoes

Somebody asked me a while back if I could come up with a mock mashed potato recipe that didn’t taste so much like cauliflower.

I think they were hoping to get more of an actual potato flavor which can be tough to do when you are using cauliflower. But I gave it a try.

These turned out very creamy and just a bit more fluid than regular mashed potatoes. The cottage cheese softens the flavor of the cauliflower, so these are pretty mild in flavor, but definitely still tasty. They would be perfect with a turkey patty or chicken breast and a salad. The sodium is a bit high from the cottage cheese, so be sure you balance that out with less or no salt on the rest of your meal.


Clean Eating Mock Mashed Potatoes

(Makes 14 servings)


  • 3 medium heads cauliflower, steamed until soft
  • 1 1/2 cups non-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Blend everything together until you achieve a mashed potato consistency. If you use a blender or other kitchen appliance to blend, you will get a consistency that is just a tad runnier than regular mashed potatoes.

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  1. CathrynsCloset says:

    I’ve been making mashed cauliflower with just a touch of olive oil and salt and pepper. So delicious. I am going to try your recipe. It looks so good!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Cathryn – I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says:

    I’ve made cauliflower mashed potatoes before and it’s really good! Thanks for sharing!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Mary – You bet! Enjoy!

  3. I’m allergic to potatoes( I know…) and this is a great solution for me. Thanks:)

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Cdilger – I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Someone told me about jicama for a mock mash, haven’t tried it but it might be nice.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      P Rowton – I bet that would be good!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Megan – Fabulous! Let me know how you like it!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Tracy – Sounds wonderful! Thanks!

  7. Love cauliflower mashers. I make these often and have learned that after mashing, leave them on the stove on a very low temp uncovered, stirring periodically. Give it time and the moisture will evaporate making the consistency more like mashed potatoes. Not sure how this technique will work with the parmesan cheese though.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      tlhultbe – Interesting! Thanks!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Diana – Sounds great!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Katherine – Let me know how you like it!

  10. graciouspantry says:

    Shannon – Sounds delicious!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Patty – Yum!

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Kelly – Most clean eaters avoid regular potatoes because they are such a heave starch and are basically almost pure sugar. That’s why you like them so much. They are good! 🙂

  13. Anjali Mehra says:

    Is there a way to subsitute cottage cheese for something else?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      You could try greek yogurt, but it wouldn’t be the same.

  14. Pinkpheonix says:

    me too!
    Served with turkey meatloaf and i forget I’m heating healthy.

  15. For those who don’t like cauliflower, another (and in my opinion even better) substitute for potatoes is celery root. It’s very ugly on it’s own, but peel it and treat it just like you would potatoes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Meg – Great tip! Thanks!

  16. Hey there!

    I’m vegan (I miss and love dairy, but I struggle with acne, so no dairy for this little lady.) is there a way to make this without cheese products? Perhaps nutritional yeast could replace the parm?

    Oooooh! I could make a vegan sheppard’s pie finally with this instead of the mashed taters! Yes, yes and yes again!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Halley – I’ve never tried, but it’s certainly worth a shot!

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