Kefir Pepper Cauliflower Mash


I love cauliflower! But in my house, I’m the only one who adores this delightful cruciferous vegetable! My husband won’t touch it, my son spits it out, and I end up with a whole pot of cauliflower all to myself.

Since cauliflower supports detoxification, is an antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory food, I was on a mission to find a way to trick them into loving it! When it comes to vegetables, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve: fat, salt, spices, and dairy. One or more of these magic ingredients ALWAYS does the trick, transforming a vegetable from “okay” to “More, please!”

It wasn’t until I started drinking raw kefir (a fermented milk drink), that I got the idea try a twist on mashed potatoes. The result was an instant hit with my husband! We’re still working on the 3-year-old…


Kefir Pepper Cauliflower Mash

You’ll need:

1 1/2 lbs. of cauliflower, cut into medium pieces

At least 4 tablespoons of grass-fed butter or raw butter (I use Kerrygold unsalted)

¾ teaspoon turmeric

¾ rounded teaspoon pepper

¾-teaspoon salt

*¼ cup raw kefir (see my note below)

bone broth or filtered water


Hardware: Steamer , Potato masher

  1. Fill the pot halfway with water or bone broth, cover and boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the steamer tray with cauliflower. Keep the boil going (medium on my electric stove) and steam for about 20 minutes or until soft (not falling apart, the result will be too soggy—start checking at 18 min)
  3. Once the cauliflower is cooked, remove the insert tray and set aside. Dump the water (or reserve the bone broth for another recipe!), put the pan back on the stove (burner off!)
  4. Put the butter in the hot pan and melt with residual heat.
  5. Add the spices and whisk together.
  6. Add the cauliflower back to spice/butter mixture and mash up, adding the kefir while mashing to your desired consistency.

If you want it smoother, add more kefir or use a hand mixer instead of manually mashing.

I use 1 teaspoon of pepper because it’s got a little more kick! You can also use curry powder instead of turmeric. It will have the same color, but with a flavor boost.

*This is the PERFECT recipe for kefir that is slightly passed the drinkable phase. In fact, I let the kefir get sour before I use it because I like the tangy flavor it imparts.


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5 comments on “Kefir Pepper Cauliflower Mash”

  1. Ellen Christian

    I really need to try kefir. It’s on my list of healthy things I need to add into my diet.

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