Cauliflower mashed potato with mushroom gravy

Cauliflower Mashed Potato with Mushroom Gravy

Course: Main Course, Sides
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Difficulty:: Easy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Trafficlightcook.com
These gluten-free, vegan cauliflower mashed potatoes are shockingly creamy without any cream paired perfectly with comforting mushroom gravy. 
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Ingredients

For the cauliflower mashed potatos

  • 1 tsp avocado oil (or sub with any other)
  • 3 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 1 head cauliflower (finely chopped or shredded, about 2lbs)
  • 3/4 tsp fresh rosemary (or sub with 1 tsp freshly minced chives)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste, no more than 3/4 tsp)
  • 1 potato* (small, baked or boiled)
  • 1 cup No-waste almond milk (or sub with store bought almond or coconut milk)
  • 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup water

For the mushroom gravy

  • 1 tsp avocado oil (or sub with any other type)
  • 1 white onion (about 1 cup chopped, can sub with any other type)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 portobello mushrooms (about 1/2 lb, wiped clean and chopped)
  • 1/2 lb crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour (or sub with whole wheat flour or 1.5 tbsp corn starch)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1.5 cups Homemade vegetable broth**
  • 3 pinches freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (can sub with rice vinegar or white vinegar, optional)

Instructions

To make the cauliflower mashed potatoes

  • Warm oil in a heavy-bottom pot and add the chopped garlic. Cook for a few seconds and then add finely chopped (or shredded) cauliflower, rosemary, and salt. Cook the cauliflower till it becomes soft~for about 5 minutes. 
  • Crumble and add the boiled or baked potato and freshly ground black pepper to the mix. Add the no-waste almond milk and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. All the liquid will evaporate. Set it aside to cool. Either mash with a potato masher or process lightly in a food processor. Enjoy on its own or with mushroom gravy. 

To make the mushroom gravy***

  • In a heavy-bottom pot, dry roast the brown rice flour till it's aromatic and slightly brown in color. Take it out on a plate and let it cook. Put the pot back on the heat and warm the oil. Add onion and garlic; cook for about 5 minutes or till the onion has softened. Add the chopped mushrooms and salt and let the mushrooms sweat till they are cooked (~5 minutes.) 
  • While mushrooms are cooking, add the nutritional yeast, tamari, and dry roasted brown rice flower to  one cup of vegetable broth and stir it quickly with a whisk to form a uniform slurry. 
  • Once the mushroom are cooked, add the slurry, remaining vegetable broth, and freshly ground black pepper. Let the mixture cook over medium heat for about ten minutes. The starch in the brown rice flour will cause the mixture to thicken. In the past two minutes of cooking add the white wine vinegar. Enjoy the gravy over the cauliflower mashed potatoes. 

Notes

*you can totally omit the potato--the cauliflower-only mash tastes pretty creamy on its own. You may need to decrease the vegetable broth quantity by a couple of tablespoons. 
**add 1/2 cup more broth if you like your gravy a bit on the side of running. 
***to make a soup-style gravy, add one more cup of vegetable broth and once cooled, blend it to a fine, creamy texture. 
Make it heart healthy 
  1. omit the oil in both cauliflower mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy. Use the ditch-the-oil cooking method instead. 
  2. Ditch the potato and just use cauliflower to decrease the carbohydrate load. 
  3. To reduce the sodium load in the recipe, omit the salt completely in the gravy and reduce low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce) to 2 tsp. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup gravy/potato each | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 8% | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 10%