Red Lentil-Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Red Lentil-Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

Red Lentil-Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

This cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe tastes so amazing that you won’t believe it’s cauliflower. Rather than just the starch of potatoes, it has lots of nutrients and protein, both of which are always excellent additions to the dinner table.

I’ve seen this idea in a lot of places, and I love it because I’m not a big fan of potatoes. They just make me sleepy and don’t digest too well. This recipe has the texture and flavor of mashed potatoes, but so much more vitamins, minerals and protein.

How can that be? Well, there aren’t actually any potatoes in here. it’s cauliflower and red lentils. Cauliflower, even though it’s white, has a ton of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Red lentils are a great source of protein, especially the amino acid lysine which tends to be low in plant-based foods other than beans and legumes.

Top it off with some mushroom gravy if you like!

Red Lentil-Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
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Red Lentil-Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

This recipe has the texture and flavor of mashed potatoes, but so much more vitamins, minerals and protein.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower mashed potatoes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.


  • 1/2 cup split red lentils
  • 2 cups cauliflower
  • 1-2 cloves garlic roasted or pressed
  • 1 Tbsp nut/seed butter almond, sunflower, etc
  • salt to taste
  • 1 green onion optional


  • Put the lentils in a small pot with about 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil and simmer, covered with a lid. Don’t add any salt yet!
  • After the lentils have cooked about 5 minutes, add the cauliflower, chopping it roughly.
  • Once the cauliflower is slightly softened, transfer the contents of the pot (water included) to a food processor. Add the garlic (roasted for a softer flavor, or pressed raw for a nice garlic kick), nut/seed butter, salt and any other seasonings you like in your mashed potatoes, and puree until it’s smooth.


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