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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Easy Cauliflower Dip

Now I"m sure you all have heard of the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" where you puree steamed cauliflower here is the South Beach Diet Recipe:
4 cups cauliflower florets
1 ounce butter flavored cooking spray
1 fluid ounce fat-free half-and-half
Pinch salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Some recipes will add cream cheese, garlic, butter, cream, all the ingredients that makes mashed potatoes good!

We came up with a healthy snack that we use this same method but serve it cold with Tostitios Scoops. Start with steamed fresh cauliflower.

I add a couple tablespoons of Marzetti's Ranch Dressing (you could use the light).

Just pulse it a little, the texture was thick yet so I added another tablespoon.
Then whizzed it until the desired texture you want. I stirred in some garlic and onion powder, Beau Monde, Fine Herbs, (or you could use parsley) and Tarragon. You could leave it with just the ranch dressing, kids seem to like it that way, you could even leave the texture a little coarser. It's all in what you like.

This is so versatile you can go with whatever flavors you like. I have used turmeric to add some color, and it goes nicely with some curry blends. If you want to serve it warm you can go with some Parmesan or other cheese in it. So have fun!


  1. What a cool idea for a dip. I bet it's delicious!

  2. This is a nice one after some heavy thanksgiving dinners! hehe.... I would love to add in some pickled zucchini for falvouring. Thanks for sharing.

  3. oh like this such a cool idea for a dip

  4. Great idea! I have to try it with the purple cauliflower!

  5. Hey, you're kind of a genius! I love this idea! I'm going to try it!

  6. What a nice and simple dip. Easy to throw together even after people arrive. I like the scoops idea. Maybe my picky eater, Dylan would try this. He like chips with dip and this is healthy.
    Thanks for the idea!

  7. For someone who doesn't eat cooked cauliflower (me), this recipe sounds good. I'm going to try it and see what the kids think. Of course, I'm not going to tell them what it is until after they've tried it. Bwahahahahaha!

  8. Thanks, and you're welcome! I want to hear what everyone put in theirs, and how it turned out. Kristy, pickled zucchini sounds good, and Laura, it would look good with the purple cauliflower! (I think mine needs some color)

    Robyn, that's what I did when I first made it. I didn't tell them what it was, and they couldn't figure it out, but they liked it. (I hate the way cauliflower smells when it cooks)

  9. Lindsey I really love cauliflower (Agree I dont like like smells when it cooks) but We really love it, in tortilla, like salads and this DIP is wonderful to my daugther that love it. Thanks by sharing, gloria

  10. Hi there so just read your comment how about a guest post dont be scared love Rebecca

  11. I never like cauliflower as a kid (one of the few veggies I don't care for), but I'm willing to give it a try as a dip!

  12. OH I LIKE this! I bet once I try it this is going to become a favorite! I think I like the more fattening method, LOL

    Cheers to a great New Year!

  13. Great idea! I'll have to give this a try.


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