How Do You Ranch? - Healthy Thanksgiving Dish Alternatives

If there is one thing that I love in life, it’s Thanksgiving. This upcoming holiday reminds me of family and being thankful for everything around me. I’m sure that many of you have been planning your menus for weeks but I know from experience that there is always room for one more dish to pass.

This brings me around to my other love in life: ranch dressing. Did you know that ranch dressing has been the leading choice of salad dressing in the United States since the 1990’s? I love that ranch dressing has so many uses in the kitchen: it’s great for snacking, it’s perfect on salad, it’s a good, creamy alternative for many dishes, and the list goes on and on. As part of Litehouse Foods’ ‘How Do You Ranch?’ promotion, I thought I would share with you how I ranch. One of my favorite uses for ranch dressing is in mashed potatoes. I love the new level of flavor that their Buttermilk Ranch brings to this classic dish. You can substitute milk in your mashed potatoes for ranch dressing to still create a creamy texture. 96-3463 Today I’m taking it a step further by bringing you a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes and a unique side dish for your Thanksgiving meal. If you have not tried mashed cauliflower before you are going to love this healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. I’m a big fan of cauliflower but even if it’s not your favorite vegetable I’m confident that you’re going to enjoy this side dish. What I love most about this dish is that it cuts out a lot of time by surpassing the dreaded task of peeling potatoes. Mashed cauliflower is quick and easy to make and is a healthy alternative to the starchy potatoes. As I mentioned, I used the Buttermilk Ranch dressing to add an extra level of creaminess but you can go with Homestyle for an herbed taste or Jalapeno Ranch to kick it up a notch. 96-3469 So if you’re looking for a last minute side dish to bring to a Thanksgiving meal this year I highly suggest trying out this quick and easy Mashed Cauliflower recipe. But that’s just how I like to ranch. How do you like to ranch? Enter Litehouse Food's sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 holiday bonus! HDYR_Woobox_EnteryPage

Ranch Cauliflower Mash

Serves 6 | Finish in 30 Minutes
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This is a great alternative to mashed potatoes, serving up to half of the fat and calories.

Ingredients

1 head cauliflower, washed,
1 tablespoon butter,
1 tablespoon milk,
1 cup Litehouse Buttermilk Ranch dressing,
½ teaspoon salt,

Directions

Cut up the cauliflower and place it into a large pot. Fill the pot with 1 inch of water, cover and steam for 20 minutes.
Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse a few times to break down the cauliflower. Add in the butter, milk, ranch and salt and continue to mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.


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