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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (Instant Pot)
$7.26 Recipe/$0.91 Serving
Instant Pot garlic mashed cauliflower is the perfect healthy low carb side dish and is so easy to make! Dairy free and low carb, this simple recipe is vegan, paleo, gluten free, Whole30 and keto friendly! And you can make this recipe without a food processor and in under 15 minutes! You will not believe how rich and creamy this mashed cauliflower dish is!
Remove the green leaves from the bottom of cauliflower as well as any large pieces of stem on the bottom
Place the cauliflower on a cutting board and cut the cauliflower lengthwise from left to right in 1/4 to 1/2 inch steaks.
Cut the cauliflower steaks down again 2-3 times until you have a mountain of chopped cauliflower. Don't bother trying to make little florets since this will all be mashed
Once the cauliflower is chopped, add the trivet and steaming basket to your instant pot.*
Add the cauliflower to the steaming basket and add 1 cup of water to the instant pot
Put the lid on and make sure the vent is moved to "seal"
Set to high pressure for 3 minutes
While the cauliflower is cooking, make the creamy garlic sauce by combining all the ingredients in a high speed blender on high for 1 minute
Once the Instant Pot is done cooking, manually release the pressure by turning the vent from "seal" to "vent". Use a large wooden spoon to keep your hands from the vent. Also make sure you don't put your face or hands anywhere that the steam could hit you.
Once the pressure has been released, open the Instant Pot and remove the steaming basket and trivet. Empty the water
Leave the "warming" function on your instant pot, add the cauliflower back to the Instant Pot Insert.
Add the creamy garlic sauce to the steamed cauliflower and mash with an immersion blender until you get the consistency you desire.**
Serve hot. See post for reheating instructions under "meal prep tips"
Stove top directions:
If you do not have an Instant Pot, steam cauliflower on the stove in a steamer basket until fork tender (5-7 minutes, covered).
Drain the cauliflower and add it back to the pot.
Make the creamy garlic sauce as stated.
Add creamy garlic sauce to the pot with soft cauliflower and blend with an immersion blender or add to a food processor or high speed blender.
Tip: If you do not have an immersion blender, use a food processor and pulse the steamed cauliflower and creamy garlic sauce togetherLow FODMAP option: Use garlic infused olive oil instead of olive oil and omit the garlic powder.