Vegetarian Recipes: Cozy Whipped Cauliflower & Thyme
Fabulous as a main dish or a sassy side
Posted December 17th, 2012 by noelle |
This particular cauliflower recipe is for those of us who just want to keep things simple during the week and still manage to eat something that makes us smile and feel good. I tried this creamy cauliflower recipe a few ways this weekend. In one version I served it warm with a drizzle of creamy coconut oil and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. In another attempt I served it in more of a rustic fashion with a warm apple. But I think I enjoyed the cauliflower best whipped into a creamy purée with a drizzle of butter and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. It’s so simple and fabulous that you can serve it for dinner topped with toasted pine nuts and a vibrant salad (like this one) or simply use it as an alternative to a whipped potato in a side dish. What I always love about starting a meal with veggies in mind is that the possibilities and the directions really are such fun to explore!
Cozy Whipped Cauliflower & Thyme
Personalize this dish with slightly more or less butter and salt as you see fit. I thought three tablespoons of butter was just about right for me. And if you don’t have pine nuts, I think slivered almonds would also be nice here.
Serving Size: 4 (150 calories per serving)
1 medium head cauliflower
4 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
drizzle of milk (I used an almond milk), or water
1-3 tablespoons butter
pinch sea salt, pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
- Cauliflower – Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C which helps to support a healthy immune system and assists with detoxification. Cauliflower also contains a good amount of fiber, folate, and B vitamins (which among many things help to keep you energized!).
Wash and cut cauliflower into small pieces.
Simmer cauliflower in a large pot with water until fork tender, about 8 – 10 minutes.
Remove cauliflower from pot and place into a food processor (or high powered blender) with a splash of milk or water and a tablespoon of butter. You’ll want just enough liquid to make the blades turn. Purée until smooth. Set aside.
Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until just brown. Set aside.
Using the same skillet over low heat, melt one tablespoon of butter with the thyme leaves until just fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).
Pour cauliflower purée into a mixing bowl and drizzle the warm butter and thyme over the top. Serve with a sprinkle of nuts. Enjoy!