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Healthy Colcannon

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Not only was this traditional dish a treat for the people of Ireland, but it was said to satiate the fairies and goblins that roamed the evergreen hills. Traditionally, trinkets (like a sixpence for wealth or a ring for marriage) were hidden inside dishes of colcannon that, when found by a diner, would indicate what the year held in store for them. The traditional recipe is a flavorful blend of potato, cabbage, and kale, but ours takes on a healthier theme, using cauliflower instead of potatoes.  

6
Servings
188
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, separated
  • 1/2 Cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Cup lightly packed dried kale
  • 1 Teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 Tablespoons light half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Separate the cauliflower into florets and coarsely chop them with the core.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Drain the cauliflower and pat dry.  Using an electric mixer, blend the cauliflower, 2 tablespoons of the butter, the cream cheese, sour cream, onions, garlic powder, kale, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. While blending, slowly add the half-and-half until the desired texture is achieved.

Melt the rest of the butter and pour on top of the finished dish, letting the butter pool in the center. 

Nutritional Facts
Servings6
Calories Per Serving188
Total Fat17g25%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated10g50%
Cholesterol47mg16%
Protein4g7%
Carbs8g3%
Vitamin A159µg18%
Vitamin B120.1µg1.8%
Vitamin B60.2mg10.7%
Vitamin C46mg77%
Vitamin D0.3µg0.1%
Vitamin E0.4mg2.2%
Vitamin K27µg33%
Calcium66mg7%
Fiber2g9%
Folate (food)60µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)60µg15%
Iron0.6mg3.4%
Magnesium21mg5%
Monounsaturated4gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.6mg2.8%
Phosphorus86mg12%
Polyunsaturated0.7gN/A
Potassium363mg10%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg6.7%
Sodium356mg15%
Trans0.3gN/A
Zinc0.5mg3.2%