Mashed potatoes are a great comfort food...and usually something that health conscious folk steer clear from. Because, one, they are a white starch, which the media has scared a lot of people away from. And two, because they are usually mashed with tons of salt and butter making them a silky, soft, creamy delicious side dish.
So why not get your mashed potato fix with a healthier version? White potatoes are not a sin. Yes, they have a lot of carbohydrates. But they DO grow in the ground making them a raw, natural food. Obviously, don't eat like seven potatoes minus the salt and butter and feel good about yourself. It's called portion control...something most of our restaurants have yet to figure out.
Sarah, from Life with B's, told me the other night, at her bachelorette party, that one of my favorite phrases is, well not actually a phrase, but a word ending..."ish." Apparently, I use it way more often than I thought.
Therefore, you get...Healthy-ish Mashed Potatoes.
Healthy-ish Mashed Potatoes
3 small potatoes
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
handful of chopped parsley (or any other fresh herbs you have available)
salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika to taste
1. Clean potatoes. Cut each in half. Do not peel. The potato skin is the healthiest part.
2. Boil potatoes until soft.
3. While the potatoes boil, chop red pepper, scallions, and Parsley.
4. Drain potatoes and mash together with all ingredients.
5. Season to your liking.
Throw some cheddar cheese on top if the Greek Yogurt and cottage cheese aren't completely satisfying you.
And try not to eat them all in one sitting. Share.