Thanksgiving side dish for a healthier holiday 10

vegan thanksgiving cauliflower mash

Eating healthy year round is important to me.  Thanksgiving is not a time to stuff fattening foods in your face and feel sick for the next three days.  Well for some people it is, but not for my family.  We will be having a Vegan Thanksgiving with healthy side dishes.  We will have a board game and dessert party at the Grandparents house but overall we will be keeping it simple and healthy this year.

Chickpeas are still my favorite ingredient.  This year I came up with the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. And to be honest, eating this Cauliflower side dish with my glazed carrots is my idea of a perfect Thanksgiving meal!  Why are Chickpeas so good for you? These legumes are packed with protein and fiber as well as some key vitamins.  The liquid that surrounds the chickpeas, sometimes called aquafaba, is almost a magical ingredient and can easily replace an egg white in many recipes.

Make this recipe, it looks just like mashed potatoes (which we all know are terrible for you) and make your Thanksgiving a bit healthier.  This year I am thankful for all my friends, family, fellow foodies and all my lovely blog readers. I am thankful for each and every one of you.

Protein Packed Thanksgiving Cauliflower Mash


  • 3 cups of Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 can of chickpeas, WITH the water that comes in the can
  • 1 medium onion
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Cut your cauliflower florets off your head of cauliflower. You should use about 3 cups worth of florets
  2. Steam your cauliflower in a steamer on the stove or in the microwave, just till tender, and not mushy.
  3. Place steamed cauliflower in food processor and puree
  4. Heat your pan over high heat.
  5. While pan is heating dice your onion.
  6. Add your olive oil to your hot pan.
  7. Saute your onions until brown, stirring often. Add salt and pepper to your onions while they are sauteeing (About 7-10 minutes)
  8. Pour the entire can of chickpeas and water into the food processor.
  9. Process the cauliflower and chickpeas with juice for 2 minutes.
  10. Add your sauteed onions to the food processor.
  11. Process until smooth.
  12. You can serve the cauliflower just like this, or you can bake it in a pan at 425 for about 20 minutes. You will get a nice crispy top and you mash will pack a nutritional punch while being a delicious side dish or main course. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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