Friday, May 28, 2010


Thirty! Thirty fat, gross pounds gone forever!! Well, maybe. I hope it's gone forever, anyway.

I have come to terms with the fact that there are some foods that I pretty well need to avoid for all fast-food burgers and yummy potato chips. That's ok, there are plenty of yummy substitutions for those things. So in my quest for healthy substitutions for the foods I love, I found this:


1 large (about 13-oz.) potato
3 cups cauliflower florets
3 tbsp. fat-free half & half
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1/4 tsp. salt pepper and additional salt, to taste
Optional: 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic

Directions: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, peel and cube the potato. Once water is boiling, add peeled potato cubes and cauliflower. Wait for the water to return to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes (until potatoes and cauliflower are very tender). Remove the pot from heat and strain out all of the water. Transfer contents to a large bowl, and add half & half, butter/buttery spread, salt, and (if you like) crushed garlic. Mash it all together with a potato masher, until completely blended. Season to taste with pepper and additional salt. Enjoy! Makes 5 servings.

***I used skim milk in place of the half and half, and fat-free sour cream in place of the butter.

My super-picky pre-teen didn't know she was eating cauliflower...I wouldn't have known there was cauliflower in there if I hadn't have cooked it myself. The only thing that sort of gave it away was the smell of the cauliflower as it cooked...sort of cabbage-y. Scott, being the mashed potato lover that he is, said he could eat it at every meal and be a very happy man :) .

Anyway, next recipe on my list to try is this:
Dr. Oz's Fettuccine Alfredo . It has something like 450 calories per serving...perfect for a special-occasion dinner.


mackey said...

I think I found your 30 lbs =( I lost 50 bs on Weight Watchers a couple of years ago & I gained it all back & more=(

Hethr said...

Okay -- this may be an embarrassing question, BUT when you eat cauliflower like that, don't you have wicked gas? I have heard about adding cauliflower and broccoli and beans (all mashed and well disguised) into many foods, but what worries me is walking around like a giant flatulent monster and being mortified for the rest of my life.

Kylie's Mom said...

mackey -- I know how to lose weight, but I don't have a clue how to maintain. I won't feel successful until I figure that part out, and that actually scares me a little lol...

Hethr -- hi!! Nope, I didn't notice a gas issue...I guess it might affect everyone differently though?? I eat broccoli nearly every day, it's my favourite veggie, and I don't get gassy from that.

Cheerios_Addict said...

I have seen the almost potato recipe before but never made it because I thought it would not even come close to tasting like potato. After reading this , I may just have to venture in...then blog about it. LOL

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the weight loss! WOOHOOOO! :D