South Beach, Atkins and the Zone are all diets that call for low to no carbs, which can leave you feeling restless. The low-carb phase offers all the meat and cheese you could handle—but what’s meat without the potatoes? Good news for all low-carb fans: Cauliflower is not only packed with cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals, but it also doubles as a great-tasting mashed-potatoes substitute. You heard correctly—cauliflower, steamed, mashed and seasoned, is now the perfect sidekick for your meat-fest. It’s comforting to know that your next meal can be delicious without breaking the scales.
Cauliflower Mashed Faux-tatoes
1 head cauliflower
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1⁄2 medium white onion, chopped
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
1 tablespoon unsweetened
Pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste
1 tablespoon light sour cream to top
1⁄4 cup chopped green onions to top
Chop the cauliflower into small pieces and place them in a pot with water. Bring the cauliflower to a boil, and cook until it’s tender. Add the white onion and let it simmer. Strain and mash the cauliflower, mixing in almond milk, garlic, ‘’butter’’ spray and lemon. Plate and top with pepper, sour cream and chopped green onions. Serves four.
Each serving: calories, 15; fat, 0 grams; carbs, 4 grams; protein, 0 grams
Editor’s note: Taylor Matheny is an Oklahoma–based fitness trainer and chef. She studied sports nutrition while learning culinary techniques and is certified in personal training and sports nutrition. Finding herself in the bodybuilding industry—she’s also an IFBB pro bikini competitor—she honed her cooking skills on contest diets. Currently, she works as a personal chef and is a spokesmodel for Myogenix.