November 20, 2023

Recipe: Cauliflower Mashed Pseudo Potatoes

A creamy mashed cauliflower that’s sure to please

Overhead closeup of cauliflower pseudo mashed potatoes in a bowl on a wooden table.

You’ll never miss mashed potatoes once you try this yummy cauliflower substitute. And you get all of the healthful benefits of the vegetables and spices, not to mention the delicious flavors, in this dish!


Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into large florets, stem sliced in half
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the cauliflower, apple, onion and curry powder. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and mix well until the cauliflower is coated in the oil and spices. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and add the water. Cover and cook until the cauliflower is completely tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor and pulse the cauliflower mixture until it is creamy but thick, similar to the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add a little more water if necessary, but be careful or you’ll wind up with cauliflower soup.
  4. Check for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary. Any leftover mashed cauliflower can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Ingredient health benefits

  • Extra virgin olive oil: Did you know the Romans used to wash themselves with olive oil? Today’s average olive oil enjoyer probably wouldn’t go that far. But as a cooking oil, it’s full of vitamins — like vitamin A and vitamin E — and plenty of other nutrients.
  • Cauliflower: A perfect swap for your traditional mashed potatoes, cauliflower is rich vitamin K, which supports your heart and bones, and compounds that may fight cancer called phytochemicals.
  • Apples: Delicious and nutritious! Apples have an antioxidant called quercetin that can combat chronic inflammation in your body. And as they’re mostly made of water and fiber, apples tend to keep you fuller longer.
  • Onions: These alliums are a great source of vitamin C, which keeps your immune system healthy. They also have quercetin, just like apples, which (in addition to fighting inflammation) fight bad bacteria and may protect against heart disease.
  • Black pepper: Even this common table seasoning has benefits to offer. With its ability to help your body absorb other nutrients, and its knack for reducing the craving for more salt, black pepper truly is the spice of life.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 3 servings
Serving = 1 cup

Calories: 215
Fat: 11 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 147 mg
Fiber: 7 g
Protein: 20 g
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Sodium: 226 mg and Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.

Related Articles

Small cup of yogurt with fresh blueberries on top, with mint sprig
March 1, 2024
Easy, Low-Calorie Snacks To Get You Through the Day

Snacking can bring benefits with healthy food choices and planning

Various cuts of red meat displayed
February 14, 2024
Is Red Meat Bad for You?

It has nutrients your body needs, but it also comes with some serious health risks

Meal prepping various dishes for snack, lunch and dinner
January 29, 2024
75 Healthy Meal Prep Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

No more scrambling to figure out what to eat during your busy week

Display of various types of foods prepped in individual containers
January 15, 2024
A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Meal Prep

Set yourself up for success by carefully choosing your recipes, storage containers and prepping day

Closeup of roasted garlic tomato zucchini bake on a stoneware plate with grated cheese garnish
January 3, 2024
Recipe: Roasted Garlic, Zucchini and Tomato Bake

A colorful side dish to brighten any meal

cool tropical smoothie with straw
November 29, 2023
Recipe: Cool Tropical Smoothie

A zesty thirst-quencher that’s dairy-free and vegan

skillet of ground turkey stroganoff
November 27, 2023
Recipe: Healthy Turkey Stroganoff

A hearty dish that’s easy to put together

cranberry sauce with pecans on top
November 13, 2023
Recipe: Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Impress your Thanksgiving guests with this homemade treat!

Trending Topics

White bowls full of pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate and various kinds of nuts
25 Magnesium-Rich Foods You Should Be Eating

A healthy diet can easily meet your body’s important demands for magnesium

Woman feeling for heart rate in neck on run outside, smartwatch and earbuds
Heart Rate Zones Explained

A super high heart rate means you’re burning more than fat

Spoonful of farro salad with tomato
What To Eat If You’ve Been Diagnosed With Prediabetes

Type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable with these dietary changes