We're just days away from Thanksgiving and many of us are headed out to shop for everything we need -- including side dishes!

Did you know side dishes can often have a lot of fat and calories (which, of course, is what makes them so good!)?

I got a few ideas from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Registered Dietician Grace DeRocha that are both healthy and tasty!

Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and White Beans


  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 ½ pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 12-ounce can of Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained (you can use any white bean of choice, navy or cannellini
  • 1/3 cup low-fat chicken stock or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup butter or butter substitute of choice
  • 1/4 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • lots of pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (or rosemary)
  • 1 head roasted garlic, squeezed out of skins (yes whole bulb, not just a clove), you can also use pre-minced garlic to save time


  1. Boil potatoes thru in a large pot with chicken stock for about 30 minutes or until tender
  2. Add cauliflower and beans to potatoes. Place lid and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and use hand emersion or a traditional blender to get to your favorite mashed potato consistency.
  4. Add favorite toppings from the mashed potato bar fixings.
  5. Enjoy!

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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