Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes

Mashed cauliflower and potatoes are delicious and even healthier than potatoes-only. I steam the cauliflower and potatoes in batches in the microwave using a microwave steamer, and toss them in a big bowl when they come out (after a few minutes to cool) for mashing.

1 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
2 medium or 3 small white potatoes, coarsely chopped (I leave the skin on)
3/4 cup regular soy milk (not flavored or sweetened)
2 T vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
Salt and pepper to taste (fresh ground if possible)

Steam the cauliflower and potatoes until soft but not mushy, 8-10 minutes. (I steam in batches in the microwave, but cook them however you prefer; you could boil, but you lose more nutrients to the water.)

(Optional) Heat the soy milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming hot but not boiling. (Do this if you're serving immediately; but it's also okay to just pour it on if the potatoes and cauliflowers are steaming hot anyway.)

Transfer the cooked cauliflower and potatoes to a big bowl. Add the soy milk, margarine, and salt. Mash with a potato masher until smooth and lump-free, adding more milk or margarine as needed. Serve immediately, garnished with basil if desired. (Or if you're going to a party, store them in a container and rewarm when you get there!)

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