Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

Paleo, Keto, Low-Carb, Low-Glycemic, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Minimal Ingredients, Easy

Enjoy this low-carb and low glycemic Paleo mashed cauliflower infused with garlic and thyme at your next dinner. This dish pairs well any protein and makes an excellent mashed potato replacement for those watching their carb intake.

How to Make Paleo Mashed Cauliflower

For those switching from the Standard American Diet to a Paleo or low-carb diet and lifestyle, have found that cauliflower is one of the most universal vegetables out there! From mashed cauliflower to riced cauliflower and cauliflower tots, you’ve likely made them all! Click here for help transitioning to the Paleo diet and lifestyle.

You don’t have to worry about over-indulging when it comes to this recipe. It’s low-carb and low glycemic! Most mashed cauliflower recipes lack flavor or have a strong coconut presence (from the coconut milk). No worries; this recipe is infused with fresh garlic and dried thyme for an aromatic and flavorful experience.

Even the picky eaters (kids and significant other included) who claim they don’t like cauliflower anything will come around! 😉 This side dish is the perfect mashed potato replacement, so eat has a side or use it as a bed to lay your meat and gravy on!

For this recipe, there are three ways you can mash your cauliflower (food processor, hand mixer, or potato masher). I suggest using whatever one works best for your lifestyle and kitchen.

You’ll want to read this blog post in its entirety for more helpful tips and tricks you’d typically by-pass. Or, if you are feeling lucky, jump to the recipe below and get started!

Either way, I’d love to hear how your mashed cauliflower turned out, so please leave a comment and share it with your friends and family.

How to Make Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

1. In a small skillet, heat ghee over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until it starts to shimmer.

2. Saute garlic and thyme for 2 minutes or until the garlic starts to soften and becomes aromatic. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Place cauliflower florets into a medium-size stockpot and fill with water until florets start to float. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat on the stove. Boil for 10 minutes or until fork-tender.

To Make with a Food Processor

Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into the food processor. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Puree on high for 30 seconds or until cauliflower smooth and creamy. (Pulse for chunkier cauliflower mash).

To Make with a Hand Mixer

Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into a large bowl. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Using a hand mixer, mix on high for 30 seconds or until it has reached your desired consistency.

To Make with a Potato Masher

Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into a large bowl. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash cauliflower until it has reached your desired consistency.

How to Make Paleo Mashed Cauliflower

How to Store Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

Mashed cauliflower can be stored in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments while stirring in between until mashed cauliflower is warm to the touch. This dish can also be reheated over low heat on the stove, stirring every few minutes to avoid burning.

Essential Equipment for Making Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

Small Skillet – You don’t need a big skillet for this recipe. I small skillet will be more than ideal for softening the garlic and thyme.

Food Processor One way you can mash your cauliflower (and my preferred choice) is by using the food processor. This option provides a smooth and creamy option and avoids any leftover chunks that may interfere with those that have texture issues. 

Hand Mixer – For those that don’t have a food processor or don’t want to take it out, using a hand mixer will provide similar results – but without the mess!

Potato Masher – Keep it simple with a potato masher! There is some manual labor involved, but this is an excellent tool to have around when space is limited.

How to Make Paleo Mashed Cauliflower

More Paleo Side Dishes

Whipped Sweet Potatoes – These delicious smooth and creamy whipped sweet potatoes make the perfect addition to any dinner table.

Mashed Parsnips – A low-glycemic take on the traditional mashed potatoes featuring chives!

Low-Carb Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice – This low carb option brings all the traditional flavors of the traditional Mexican rice, but without the rice.

Basic Staples for Making Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

Cauliflower – Local or organic produce is always best. If you can not source either, buying conventional produce will work! It’s best to wash all produce before using!

Garlic – You will find yummy notes of garlic infused throughout this dish! Fresh garlic is optimal for this dish. I wouldn’t suggest using dried garlic.

Dried Thyme – The dried thyme adds a pleasant aromatic flavor experience! If you are using fresh thyme, you will need to add more since fresh herbs have a more delicate flavor. I would start with 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme and add more to taste. Change the flavor experience by swapping the dried thyme with equal parts of dried rosemary or one of your favorite herbs!

Coconut Milk – Full-fat coconut milk is an excellent substitute for dairy milk! For this recipe, you can also use equal parts of almond milk if you prefer. This may change the taste and texture. **This recipe does not have a strong coconut flavor!! 

Ghee – Ghee is produced when butter is clarified, meaning all but trace amounts of lactose and casein are removed. This is an excellent butter substitute for someone following the Paleo or Vegan diet. Ghee can be swapped out for equal parts grass-fed butter for those that partake in some dairy or avocado oil for those who don’t care for either.

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Paleo Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Thyme

Enjoy this low-carb and low glycemic Paleo mashed cauliflower infused with garlic and thyme at your next dinner. This dish pairs well any protein!
Course Side Dish
Keyword cauliflower, dairy free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 66kcal
Author Angela Blanchard

Equipment

  • Small Skillet
  • Stockpot
  • Potato Masher, Hand Mixer, or Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small skillet, heat ghee over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until it starts to shimmer.
  • Saute garlic and thyme for 2 minutes or until the garlic starts to soften and becomes aromatic. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place cauliflower florets into a medium-size stockpot and fill with water until florets start to float. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat on the stove. Boil for 10 minutes or until fork-tender.

To Make with a Food Processor

  • Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into the food processor. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Puree on high for 30 seconds or until cauliflower smooth and creamy. (Pulse for chunkier cauliflower mash).

To Make with a Hand Mixer

  • Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into a large bowl. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Using a hand mixer, mix on high for 30 seconds or until it has reached your desired consistency.

To Make with a Potato Masher

  • Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer cauliflower florets into a large bowl. Add in sauteed garlic and thyme with the ghee, coconut milk, salt, and pepper. Using a potato masher, mash cauliflower until it has reached your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional facts aren’t always factual – please use these as a reference only. Speak to a nutritionist about your recommended daily values and for more accurate information.