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Mashed Cauliflower Myths and Breakfast Preferences

Helllllooooo. Today has been such a good day. I got some amazing news and I’m feeling grateful and blessed. More to come on that front! πŸ™‚ Also, I’m just so overall happy with how things are going right now on the work front. Teaching more and writing more = good for my heart and soul. Follow your passion people. It will not lead you astray.


Jumping into today’s post material. First, last night’s dinner. Sweet potato, Trader Joe’s Salmon burger (they are good!) and mashed cauliflower. Let’s talk about mashed cauliflower. This was my first time making it. Not that I really expected it to taste like mashed potatoes but it’s not even close. Those who says it’s a substitute are mislead. It’s good because I love cauliflower and it definitely tastes like cauliflower but I think in the future I’ll stick to roasting cauliflower. I like to best that way! It was a lot of work to steam and mash the cauliflower.


I had a 6:30 a.m. client this morning and then came home for breakfast. I made a pot of oatmeal with oats, coconut milk eggnog, water, chia seeds and dried cranberries and then stirred in pears that I sauteed in coconut oil and cinnamon.


Topped off with cranberry sauce and sunflower seed butter.

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This leads into a breakfast discussion. I asked on FacebookΒ what everyone had for breakfast. It was 26 degrees in Charlotte this morning so all I wanted was something warm. I am always interested to see the mix in breakfast preferences. I almost always trend towards something sweet like smoothies, oatmeal, toast with peanut butter, honey and banana or overnight oats. I VERY rarely crave eggs or anything savory for breakfast.

What’s your breakfast preference? Sweet or savory?Β 


Lunch was a salad and a bowl of Whole Foods pumpkin and roasted garlic soup. The soup was delicious!


Time to hang out with this one. I have a very early morning of teaching and training in front of me!

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  • Brittany December 12, 2013, 10:08 pm

    I love mashed cauliflower! How did you make it? My sister steams the cauliflower then throws it in the vitamix with sour cream (and probably some other things I don’t know about) and it turns out delicious πŸ™‚
    I enjoy hearing about your work, it pushes me to keep chasing my own dream career. Can’t wait to hear the exciting news!

  • Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans December 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

    As much as I’d like to go the savoury route (I hear it is good for crushing cravings!) I just love sweeter breakfasts. Something with fruit and I am happy πŸ™‚

    Mashed cauliflower definitely doesn’t taste like mashed potatoes to me! But I actually like the taste even better. Find it so flavourful!

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run December 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

    exactly like you — always crave something sweet in the AM. oats for the win!

  • Laura December 12, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Try putting the cauliflower in the food processor instead of just “mashing”. I do that and add a touch of plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and then some butter and salt and pepper! I had it last night with a piece of tuna that I had seared and when eating it with the tuna it was hard to tell the difference. But I think the key is making it smooth! I also have found that after I steam it, if I have time, I put it on a paper towel to get some of the water out of it. Otherwise it can be pretty loose. I like it a bit stiffer! Just a suggestion!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 12, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I have never tried mashed cauliflower but it just never seemed appealing to me. I am all for trying healthier options, but I know what I won’t be too into or not. Those oats looks delicious!!

  • Claudia December 12, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Breakfast: Sweet vs Savory – it really depends on my mood. Sometimes pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or granola hit the spot. Other days bacon or sausage and eggs or an egg scramble are in order. Today was coffee and sourdough toast :o)

  • heidi December 12, 2013, 11:00 pm

    Just had to say that oatmeal looks amazing!! Definitely need to try that combo! πŸ™‚

  • AC December 13, 2013, 1:17 am

    I like sweet breakfasts, but I find they just get me craving sweets all day. Therefore, I generally stick with 2 Applegate Farms turkey sausages or an egg with some stirfried veggies, extra mushrooms and sriracha

  • Cat December 13, 2013, 4:19 am

    Such a cute breakfast bowl! That’s going on my list for santa πŸ˜‰ I used to be a 100% sweet breakfast person until I went to Japan and got used to fish for breakkie! The fish didn’t stick, but now I can happily have eggs and something savoury (who said bacon!?) every morning

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles December 13, 2013, 6:33 am

    I agree- roasted cauliflower is the best and so super easy….As for breakfast, sweet all the way. On a very random occasion, the savory egg craving appears but it is truly random and usually linked to me running a ton of extra miles and craving protein.

  • Molly @ Mollysmusingz December 13, 2013, 7:24 am

    I agree- mashed cauliflower is too much work. I do really enjoy it in rice form though! Food process it with lime, cilantro and slat and pepper! I also prefer sweet breakfasts, which is a habit I am trying to break but I just always want sweets in the morning- more comforting or something?

  • Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-DIscipline December 13, 2013, 7:33 am

    I haven’t made mashed cauliflower, but I’ve made “cauliflower rice” where you put it in the food processor until it is the consistency of rice. It’s okay, especially with stew or something to disguise the taste a bit because like you said, it definitely has a distinctive flavor!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen December 13, 2013, 8:31 am

    I ALWAYS crave something sweet in the morning πŸ™‚ Those oats look fantastic!

  • Erica Ro December 13, 2013, 9:09 am

    I’m a savory gal. We were just having this discussion in our office! We’ve been getting gifts of goodies (aka junk food!). Everything is covered in chocolate! I’m ready for some cheese straws, and I’ve let it be known that if they ever show up, they’re mine πŸ™‚

  • Julie December 13, 2013, 10:41 am

    A note on the cauliflower mash… when I make it mashed, I roast the cauliflower with garlic and olive oil first (which eliminates the watery texture steaming it can add), then i throw in food processor and add milk/almond milk/whatever I liquid have on hand. I’ll also add a little Parmesan cheese and s&p, and honestly, made this way, I LOVE mashed cauliflower, in fact, I sometimes crave it. It is a lot of dirty dishes in the prepping/making, but I love this this way so don’t mind the mess every once in a while. Hope this makes sense πŸ™‚

  • Ashley N. December 13, 2013, 11:24 am

    I’m glad someone finally is stating that mashed cauliflower is not comparable to potatoes! The first time I made it, I thought I missed something..totally not the same flavor at all. I usually lean towards savory in the morning, egg sandwiches are just the best!

  • Amanda December 13, 2013, 11:28 am

    I’ve never tried mashed cauliflower but I love love love it roasted. I’m the minority on that in my house so I don’t get it often.

    I’m more of a savory for breakfast person but your oatmeal in this post sounds and looks delicious.

  • Tamara December 13, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Ooh, thanks for the tip re: TJ’s salmon burgers. That looks really good. As does your oatmeal!! Wowza.

    I generally prefer sweet breakfast, but eggs are also a fave.

  • ErikaMC December 13, 2013, 12:38 pm

    I haven’t tried califlower mashed but I have tried it grated like rice which was pretty good. I just wish it didn’t smell so bad!

    If I’m at home I like to make more sweet breakfasts but if I’m out I go for savory.

  • Jennifer December 13, 2013, 1:45 pm

    This is actually a question I love to ask people. I personally am Savory all the way… Any time I pack something sweet (overnight oats with fruit, any kind of muffin or cake, etc), I end up skipping breakfast altogether. The exception to that would be a green smoothie every once in a while, or Greek yogurt with some peanut butter mixed in. Most mornings I have scrambled eggs with some veggies and hot sauce. Without an egg, it just doesn’t feel like breakfast to me!

  • Annie @herightfit December 13, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I WANT sweet but force myself to eat savory most days–eggs, veggies, sometimes a slice of bacon–because I feel like the sugar in the morning gets me off to a weird start!

  • She Rocks Fitness December 13, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Always SWEET for breakfast! I don’t know why but it is just what I crave since I don’t typically anything sweet the rest of the day. Plus, it is my time to fulfill my nut butter addiction. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes December 13, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Your dog is so cute! I’m usually a sweet person, and but lately, I have been eating a lot of savory leftovers for breakfast (with a lot of sriracha).

  • Mary Beth December 15, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Love cauliflower! We took our kids to eat at Plant in Asheville this summer and had whipped/mashed cauliflower that was amazing, really had the taste and texture of mashed potatoes (everything we’ve ever eaten there has been absolutely delicious). Our kids devoured them! Maybe try them in the blender next time?

  • Lily December 17, 2013, 11:48 pm

    If you use a hand blender for the cauliflower you won’t be able to tell the difference. Swear. πŸ™‚ I also boiled the. In chicken stock, garlic, salt and pepper to give flavor.

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