Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash Recipe
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Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash Recipe

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I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 6 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 87 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 482mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add cauliflower and garlic cloves; cook, covered, 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain; transfer to a food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; process until smooth. Return to pan; heat through, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p67

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NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 213663
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"So much more interesting than just squash or just cauliflower! We used regular cream cheese and it worked fine."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 124828
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Awesome! I sprinkled some dried thyme instead of the fresh. I also cut the Cayenne and black pepper down to a sprinkle for my super sensitive kid. I thought it needed more salt. Also used 2.5oz of block cream cheese instead of the spreadable. I also thought it was better without the pumpkin, but it was delicious with it too. (My cauliflower hating husband said it tasted like dirt, but I didn't expect him to like it.)"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 140271
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Well this is delicious! Also, it's a nice change from your standard mashed potatoes. I might cut the cayenne in half the next time I make this, but all-in-all, it was/is dynamite!"

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