Low-Carb Thanksgiving Side Dish

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Dear Diary,

Can you believe it’s already November?! What the…?!?! As excited as I am for the holiday festivities I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. Ahhhh. I wasn’t ready for it! Which I never really am… Although, I will say having an extra hour of sleep last night was looovvvveeelllyyy :)

November means hearty meals, comfort food, seasonal treats, parties galore and momma stockin’ the pantry (HELLO!) so that doesn’t exactly equal a six pack for the holidays. And I want abs for Christmas y’all! Who’s with me?! haha. Let’s be real it’s still bikini season in LA in December. Which sounds nice until you’re faced with the seasonal drinks at Starbucks everyday and you’re having to repeatedly refuse pumpkin spice latte yumminess with extra whipped cream and carmel sauce drizzled on top. It’s times like these I just want to live in North Dakota and hibernate under several layers of parkas as I enjoy my entire daily calorie count in a cup… Most days I’m pretty sure it would be worth it, others I turn to one of our holiday drink alternatives (Peppermint Mocha + Pumpkin Protein Shake).

And while we’re on the topic of alternatives, here’s a great one for mashed potatoes! It’s incredibly delicious and will satisfy your cravings and keep you in check. Honestly, it’s one of my favorites and something everyone can enjoy – most people can’t even tell the difference! So when you’re indulging to the fullest over the holidays try trading in a couple of your highly caloric side dishes for healthier options. It’s low-carb and a quarter of the calories… Yes, please!

…CAULIFLOWER MASHERS…

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INGREDIENTS:

* 1 large Head of Cauliflower (chopped into florets)

* 1 tbsp. milk (or even Fage 0% greek yogurt – I’ve used this in a pinch and it tastes great!)

* A couple sprays of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (Or 1 tsp. salt)

* 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

* 1 tsp. Chives or Oregano

* 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

* 1 tsp. Pepper

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Wash the head of cauliflower.

2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

3. Steam the cauliflower for about 8-10 minutes. Make sure it’s soft. (This is important! If it’s not soft enough it won’t blend well.)

4.  Blend the cauliflower. (I prefer my Mashers smooth, so I continue to blend until it’s the consistency I prefer.)

5. Then, add all the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend.

6. Garnish with some fresh herbs and enjoy your low-carb side dish! YUM!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving comfort foods?! Share them with us and maybe we’ll come up with a healthy version for you :)

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  1. Anilú Trujillo says:

    Hi girls! I’m writing from Peru, I love your post!!!
    Well we don’t have Thanksgiving but Christmas season is in Summer! so we need low-carb recipes!
    I would like healthy recipes for turkey and pork, and creamy salad dressings! (I love creamy dressings but almost all include mayonnaise :( )

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