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Mashed cauliflower is a great healthier, lighter, and less starchy alternative to your standard mashed potato, but sometimes if you aren't prepared to double down on the seasoning and sour cream it can taste a little bland. Like water, to be exact. But the solution isn't adding half a grinder of sea salt, it's apples. Somehow, just one baked apple can make all the difference in this dish, and since we've officially entered baked apple season m*therf*ckers, let's do this...

2 small, or 1 large apple
1 head of cauliflower
1 or 2 tbsp of butter
Fresh dill
Sea salt
Cheddar (optional but highly recommended!)

First, start boiling your water and chop up your cauliflower into florets so they're ready to toss in once the pot starts boiling.

Next, slice up the apple and bake it at 375° for about 7 minutes (you just want to get it tender).

Is your water boiling? Add the cauliflower florets and boil for about 10 minutes.

Once the apples and cauliflower are ready, either blend them together in your Cuisinart, or use a hand blender to get the job done. Either way, mix in the fresh dill (as much as you'd like), 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter (or more if you want, we're not here to judge), and sea salt (let's say three twists on that Pink Himalayan Sea Salt grinder everyone gets at Trader Joe's). Once it's blended to a consistency you like, shred some cheddar cheese on top, mix it in with a spoon, and you're all set. Here's what this all basically looks like:

This yields about three servings, or maybe just one serving if you are making it your entire meal and eating it out of a bowl with a wooden spoon like some kind of monster who never grew up or prepares themselves well-rounded meals.