Pursuing a healthier diet can mean forgoing favorite dishes that are rich in fat, salt, sugar, or other unhealthy components. However, there are ways to get a taste of indulgence without going overboard. You might adapt a recipe to use less salt or oil, or take a petite portion for a special occasion. Another approach is substitution: finding another ingredient that mimics the desired taste and texture, but with a fraction of the calories or fat.
Mashed potatoes are classic comfort food, and are accordingly filled with ill-advised levels of starchy carbohydrates and fats. This recipe substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes, slashing the calorie count and adding in the vegetable’s valuable nutrients. Because not everyone is a fan of cauliflower, garlic and cheese help mask the taste, and a touch of nonfat sour cream gives the dish its signature rich consistency. Other than the grated cheese, the recipe has no added salt, so it can be an excellent addition to a heart-conscious diet.