alternative mashed potatoes?!

Just thinking about making mashed potatoes in my too-hot-Chicago-apartment makes me overheat. However, there is something very comforting in eating mashed potatoes; a creamy comfort food. Linda Page, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor, suggests in her book Healthy Healing, eating comfort foods such as mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and yogurt to help with anxiety. I was feeling the need for some comfort today, and decided to find an alternative to the sweat-me-out-of-my-kitchen dish. Here’s the delicious raw substitute I found: cashew cauliflower mash! I found this recipe in The Goddess of Raw Foods by Nwenna Kai, who is actually an alum of SAIC (School of the Art Institute, my former graduate school)!

“Cashew Cauliflower Mash” (The Goddess of Raw Foods, 105)

Ingredients:  1 small head cauliflower (chopped), 4-6 garlic cloves (I used 4 and it was very garlic-y, so if you would like to tone it down, I’d suggest less garlic), 1 cup cashews (soaked 1 hour and drained), 1/3 cup fresh chives, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, and this is my addition: salt to taste

Directions: Process the cashews first in the food processor until smooth. Then add the cauliflower, oil, garlic, and the nutritional yeast and process until smooth. Place in a bowl and stir in the fresh chives.

Yum! And, calming…

Dr. Linda Page has a website called “Healthy Healing” with a newsletter and other info; to check it out, click here.

To check out Nwenna Kai’s healthy food project, click here.

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