Dirty Mashed Potatoes

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Nothing says comfort food quite like Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.


There was  only a tiny bit of mashed potatoes left after the four of us ate. I wanted to stuff my face with the rest of them but I resisted.

These Mashed Potatoes are really easy to make. I’ll give estimates on amounts but it will really depend on your preference and the size of your family.

dirty mashed potatoes

Dirty Mashed Potatoes


  • potatoes (I used four small-medium sized, see the ambiguity here)
  • cauliflower (1/4 of a head, or 1 1/2 cups of florets)
  • water
  • salt
  • garlic powder or fresh garlic
  • onion powder
  • black pepper
  • unsweetened plant milk (I used Almond milk)


  1.  Bring water to boil.
  2. Wash and cut potatoes in to smaller pieces. I left the skin on but you do not have to. Add them to the boiling water.
  3. Wash and cut cauliflower into florets. Add them to the boiling water.
  4.  Once the potatoes and cauliflower are both soft, carefully drain the water. Return the potatoes and cauliflower to the pan or place in a large bowl.
  5. Mash the potatoes and cauliflower with a potato masher. Add milk to get the a creamer consistency. Try 1/4 cup at a time.
  6. Add salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders and mix well.


I served this with brown gravy, a Lentil Loaf and steamed spinach. The mashed potatoes were perfect, savory and delicious. I think I could have eaten the whole pot by myself. I didn’t taste the cauliflower at all but my husband mentioned that they smelled like cauliflower. These would also be good with broccoli, although that would be noticeable. 

I just mentioned that I served brown gravy. You can find that recipe here at the Happy Herbivore. I love Lindsey’s blog, and her cookbooks. I use them all the time. I halved this recipe for us and we had plenty leftover. The gravy was delicious! My husband topped his Lentil Loaf with it and he isn’t a big fan of nutritional yeast.

I hope to try this Lentil Loaf again soon. I couldn’t find a recipe that used the ingredients I wanted to cook with so I made up my own. It needs some tweaking still but I think if will be a winner. 

These are also great with Portobello Steaks! Be sure to use my Mushroom Marinade!

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  1. If you boil them whole and leave the skins on the nutrients are kept :D. This is a great idea 🙂

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