Mashed potatoes are an undeniably delicious Thanksgiving staple, but they’re not exactly macro-friendly, and that’s where cauliflower can sub in for the classic starch. When prepared correctly, mashed cauliflower can resemble the look, taste, and mouth-feel of mashed potatoes, so much so that family and friends won’t know the difference. Try this lightened-up side, and make your entire Thanksgiving a healthier holiday with these better-for-you sides.


  • 2 16-oz bags frozen cauliflower, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked paprika to garnish


  1. Combine the cooked cauliflower, cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Garnish with smoked paprika before serving.
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