By Chef Lauren Cox, Closer to Your Food

‘Tis the season for large, delicious feasts! If you are looking for a few healthy and simple side dishes, try a few our favorites!

Cauliflower Mash

1 head of cauliflower, chopped
2 parsnips, peeled, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 stick grass-fed butter or 1/2 cup ghee
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

In a pot of boiling water, add the garlic, parsnips and garlic and cook until fork tender. Strain and transfer to a large bowl and add the butter.  Mash with a potato masher until creamy. Add in sea salt and pepper to taste and enjoy hot!















Caramelized Pumpkin

1 whole pie pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1/4 cup coconut or palm sugar
1/4 cup grass-fed or Irish butter
sea salt to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger

In a casserole pan, add all of the ingredients and mix well. Place the pan in a 400 degree oven and roast 45-50 minutes, or until the pumpkin is very soft and caramelized.

















Whipped Sunchoke

2 cups sunchokes, washed and peeled as best you can
6 cloves garlic, peeled
3 cups stock
2 tablespoons grass-fed or Irish butter
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Bring the stock to a boil on high heat and add the sunchokes and garlic cloves. Allow them to cook until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Strain from the stock and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter and liberally season with salt and pepper. Roughly mash the sunchokes, then use an electric hand mixer to whip them until fluffy. If the mix is too dry, you can add a little more butter or a dash of stock.  Serve warm or keep covered with plastic wrap to avoid browning until you serve them.



















Closer to Your Food is a wellness blog focused on eating and cooking for health and sustainability with recipes and lifestyle tips formulated around a plant-based diet and home-grown local foods. Chef Lauren Cox holds a B.A. from the le Cordon Bleu in Culinary Management with over 8 years of fine dining experience in private dining, catering and Michelan star restaurants. 




*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.