Slow Cooker Beyond Easy Faux Mashed Potatoes

On my eating plan there is no white potatoes for 3 months. After that I can have them once a week, which is plenty. I miss my chili potato, but bean chili goes great over sweet potatoes too!

In the winter it’s fairly hard to give up mashed potatoes so I came up with this compromise. You can just use cauliflower or parsnips by themselves. I just like them together too. You could also add in wasabi or roasted garlic to make them fancy.

Slow Cooker Beyond Easy Faux Mashed Potatoes (gluten-free)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 – 8  hours

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small ‘trees’ (frozen is fine too)
  • 4 -5  parsnips, chopped (peel if not organic)
  • optional – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • filtered water
  • 1/2 – 1 cup milk of your choice (I use unsweetened soy or almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance
  • salt and pepper to taste

The night before: Peel the parsnips if they aren’t organic. Chop the parsnips and break down the cauliflower. Store in the fridge until morning.

In the morning: Place the veggie in the slow cooker. Add about 1-2 inches of water. Cook on low 6 – 8 hours.

Before Serving: Pour out some of the water if needed – you don’t want this to be too soupy. Add 1/2 cup milk and Earth Balance and use immersion blender. You have to keep at it until they look like mashed potatoes. (They will – I promise!). Season to taste.

Serve with some mushroom gravy over it for a special treat.


  1. says

    We are big cauliflower fans and always eat it in place of mashed potatoes! I steam the cauliflower alogn with some peeled garlic cloves, so you could just as easily throw those in the slow cooker if you don’t have roasted garlic on hand. I like to blend mine with a splash of milk and some goat cheese.

  2. says

    This sounds yummy! Although, I have never cooked with Parsnips.

    I love Cara’s idea, too.
    Going to try me some mashed cauliflower. Now, if I get it pass the family then…. SCORE! ;)
    I just got them addicted to Almond Milk. So I am on my way.

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