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A Surprising Substitute for Mashed Potatoes
The Idea: "Kate’s Cauliflower will satisfy the craving for mashed potatoes—and it's healthy. Take a large head of cauliflower, steamed soft. Mash with 1 ounce low-fat cream cheese, ¼ cup low-fat sour cream, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Smart Balance (a healthy butter-like spread made of vegetable oils). Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste."—Carol Spradlin, Bellevue, Washington
Katz Says: "Thumbs up! One baked potato provides about two grams of fiber, 610 milligrams of potassium, and 145 calories. For a comparable amount of cooked cauliflower, which has only 35 calories, the fiber is much higher (about four grams), as are the calcium, vitamin C, and folate. Although the potassium content is lower (about 230 milligrams), Kate's Cauliflower gets my vote for guilt-free comfort food."