A Variation of Mashed (Low Carb)

A variation of mashed pumpkin, cauliflower and eggplants. Usually, I prepare just one ‘mashed’ side, but this time, I felt like combining a variation of vegetables on one plate. To be honest, cooking process was a little bit too intense for an everyday’s routine, and is likely more appropriate for a gathering with friends or family.

They are a good alternative for common potatoes, especially the mashed cauliflower. What I like the most about the variety is that they are all so different in taste – much more as you would imagine. They go best with steak (I decided for roast beef) or grilled fish.

For preparation, make sure you have a hand blender and three medium or large pots with lids. The steak, whenever possible, I prefer grilling on open flame (BBQ) for better taste and you don´t even need the oil.

          INGREDIENTS for 4 people

          The steak:

  • 4 x 250 g roast beef steak
  • Coarse salt & pepper
  • 1 big zucchini
  • 1 big carrot
  • Olive oil

          The Mashed Cauliflower:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • Vinegar and salt (to clean the cauliflower)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • 10 g butter
  • Milk and/or natural yogurt

 

           The Mashed Eggplants:

  • 2 x big eggplants
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or stock
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • Milk and/or natural yogurt

          

          The Mashed Pumpkin:

  • 1 small Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or stock
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch hot curry
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • Milk and/or natural yogurt

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           INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash the steak, then dry and season it with coarse salt & pepper. Leave it covered on a plate.
  2. Clean and peel the pumpkin, cut it into small pieces, then put it into a pot with water and the vegetable stock.
  3. Clean and peel the eggplants, cut them into small pieces, then put them into a pot with water and the vegetable stock.
  4. Cut the cauliflower in bite sized florets and put it into a pot with some vinegar and salt for 15 minutes (for cleaning). After 15 minutes of resting, change the vinegar water with salted fresh water.
  5. Continue cooking the ingredients in the 3 different posts (20-25 minutes – medium heat).
  6. After the pumpkin, cauliflower and eggplants are well cooked, let the water drain through a sieve, and put them back into the pots.
  7. Cauliflower: season it with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch salt, a tbsp. of cream and 10 g of butter. Then, mash it until it´s creamy (you might need some milk or yogurt to get the right texture).
  8. Eggplants: First make sure the eggplant didn´t absorb too much water (otherwise cook them for a few more minutes). Then, season them with a pinch of salt, garlic and cream. Then mash it until it´s creamy (you might need some milk or yogurt to get the right texture).
  9. Pumpkin: First, make sure the pumpkin didn´t absorb too much water (otherwise cook them for a few more minutes). Then season it with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of hot curry, a pinch of salt & pepper and a tbsp. of cream. Then mash it until it´s creamy (you might need some milk or yogurt to get the right texture).
  10. Start barbecuing the steak (medium well for 5 minutes on both sides).
  11. 2 minutes before the steak is done cooking, warm-up the mashed sides (be careful – don´t burn them).
  12. Serve the steak together with the variation of mashed. Decorate the cauliflower with a pinch of nutmeg, the eggplant with some thyme and the pumpkin with some pumpkin seeds.

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For boosting the steaks look: Cut slices of carrot and zucchini – with a spiralizer – and sauté it in olive oil until they are crunchy. Then place them on the steak.

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Cheers with sunbeams.

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