Today, I would like to present you with another tasty side dish – the creamy mashed celery and cauliflower with herbs and sautéed onions. You can easily combine it with almost every main course. When I was a child, I loved mashed potatoes. I couldn’t have enough of it. If I had had to decide what to cook for lunch every day (and not my mom) we would have had mashed potatoes with peas and fish sticks at least every second day.
Of course, the latter is not paleo compatible at all. Therefore, this blog will unfortunately not provide any alternative recipe (at least so far :)).
But – here comes a great alternative for mashed potatoes. The creamy, tasty mashed cauliflower and celery. If you mix it well with the browned onions and fresh herbs it gets a sweetish and hearty flavor.
However, apart from its wonderful texture there are many other good reasons for combining cauliflower and celery. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Research has shown that simply boiling cauliflower in water washes out a large proportion of its phytonutrients. What remains is a low nutrient density vegetable with a watery taste. Needless to say that we want to avoid both. Therefore, you should better steam the cauliflower. Unfortunately, this is also not the most gentle form of preparing it. This would be sautéeting, but sautéeing would not be the best method for preparing a puree, as when being sautéed, vegetables keep their firm and crunchy structure and thus, it gets difficult to mash them). If you wonder what is best to combine the mashed celery and cauliflower with, try my gluten free beef meat balls.Print
1/2 cauliflower, cut into florets
1/2 celery root, cut into bigger chunks
optional: ¼ cup bone or vegetable broth
1 middle sized onion
salt and pepper
1. Cut cauliflower into florets, peel celery and cut it into about 2-inch-chunks. Steam both together in a saucepan with a simmering basket or in a deep pan with some broth and the lid on.
2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and sautée it in a pan with some ghee on low heat, until it becomes golden brown.
3. After 10 minutes check if celery and cauliflower are done, if both are smooth enough, blend them in a food processor and add some ghee to taste.
4. Season the puree with salt, pepper and some grated nutmeg, serve topped with sautéed onions and chopped parsley.
Keywords: Cauliflower, Celery, Vegetables, Paleo Lunch, Sides