Welcome to Week 3 of the Live Planted Cooks Challenge.
Hopefully, you’re already feeling more confident in the kitchen with 2 recipes under your belt. Our health coach Kaitlyn Cashmere has created another delicious recipe this week inspired by practical, plant based, ingredients.  This week’s ”Cheesy” Cauliflower Mash & Mushroom Gravy’ or last week’s ‘Miso Dijon Brussels Sprouts’ would fair very well at the Thanksgiving table.  Don’t be afraid to volunteer to bring a dish (or two) this year!

If you want to find out more about Kaitlyn or the Challenge click here.

To Participate:
–Come back every Thursday for a new recipe for the next 5 weeks.
-Recreate the recipe in your kitchen and snap a photo of your version of the dish.
-Use the hashtag #LivePlantedCooks to tag us on social media and tell us how your experience was. Was there something you found particularly hard? Tell us! Flavors you really liked? Share it! Live Planted will feature a few photos on Instagram and Twitter.
–For the overachievers, push yourself to work one skill or flavor that you learned into another dish you cook.

Few foods are more comforting than mashed potatoes and gravy.

Although I could easily eat a large bowl of mashed potatoes on their own, I prefer to add extra vegetables. By doing this, I’m able to increase the amount of nutrients in the dish and I’m closer to meeting my daily vegetable quota. Not to worry, the addition of cauliflower to this mash doesn’t affect the consistency one bit!

These cauliflower mashed potatoes check all the boxes:
Topped with the savory and earthy mushroom gravy, this dish is lovely in every way.

Make this the next time you’re dining with meat eaters; they probably won’t even notice that the recipe is low fat, butter free, and cheese free!

‘Cheesy’ Cauliflower Mash & Mushroom Gravy
Author: Kaitlyn Cashmere
Recipe Type: Vegetables, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 Min. Cook Time: 20-30 Min. (includes time to boil for mash)
Total Time: 30-40 Min (to prepare mash and gravy)


Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
1 Medium Head Cauliflower
2 Pounds Gold Potatoes
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 Teaspoon Salt
Black Pepper to taste
Green Onion to garnish

Mushroom Gravy
8 ounces Baby Bella Mushrooms
3 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms
3 Medium Shallots
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
Black Pepper to taste
1 1/2 Cup Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
1 Tablespoon Organic Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Tamari


Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
Wash cauliflower and potatoes (peel potatoes if you prefer)
Cut cauliflower into florets and dice potatoes into a similar size
Add cauliflower and potatoes to a large saucepan and cover with cold water
Cover with a lid, and bring to a boil.
Uncover, let boil for 10-15 minutes until potatoes and cauliflower are tender
-While potatoes and cauliflower are cooking, prepare mushroom gravy (see below)
Once potatoes and cauliflower are tender, drain and add back to the pan
Add almond milk and mash together, blend with immersion blender or blend with
mixer (add more almond milk until desired consistency is reached)
Stir in lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper
Serve with mushroom gravy, garnish with green onions

Mushroom Gravy
Lightly rinse, remove woody stems and dice mushrooms
Peel and dice shallots
To a medium saucepan on medium-to- medium low heat: add mushrooms, shallots,
thyme, and black pepper
Sauté for about 8 minutes, until onions translucent and mushrooms softened
(If the pan starts to dry out- add water to the pan, a tablespoon at a time)
Add mushroom mixture to a blender with remaining gravy ingredients, blend until
Transfer back to the saucepan, bring to a medium heat and cook for 2-5 minutes
until gravy slightly thickens, stirring occasionally
Serve on top cheesy cauliflower mash

Store in the refrigerator in separate airtight containers. Consume within 5 days.

Looking for more? For Week 1 Kaitlyn created a Ginger Pear Oatmeal- see that recipe here.

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