Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

Mashed potatoes are a staple on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Most classic recipes call for a whole lot of butter and cream, but I just whipped up a healthy version of mashed potatoes that still taste absolutely amazing and will save you calories on a day where so many will be consumed.

These Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes are easy to make, smooth, and delicious! Although I don’t usually eat many white potatoes due to their higher Glycemic Index than sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving is an exception to certain healthy eating rules, in my opinion. Plus, with the ingredients I used, these are still extremely healthy!

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I only used natural ingredients and healthy fats in the form of olive oil. These potatoes are packed with flavor and will let you feel a little better about the large plate you will likely consume. I used an immersion blender to mash the potatoes, but a regular potato masher works just as well (I just don’t have one currently).

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Suggest that these be made at your Thanksgiving this year, or bring it as a second mashed potato option for guests. I guarantee people will enjoy it and feel happy that they are adding a healthy option to their plate. Give these a try next Thursday!

Note: to test this out, I only made half of the recipe. That’s why there are only a few potatoes in my pictures. You will end up with a larger serving than pictured when making this recipe. 🙂

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Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • about 8 medium russet potatoes, washed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: chopped scallionsScreen Shot 2015-11-20 at 4.38.39 PM

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Once the water is boiling, add the potatoes to the water. I left the skin on mine, but if you prefer to have them skinless, just peel them before boiling.
  2. When the potatoes are soft enough (easily mashable and/or falling apart when a fork goes through them), take them out and put them in a large bowl.
  3. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher, hand mixer, or immersion blender (pictured). Mix them to your desired consistency, make sure to not over-mix.
  4. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, and almond milk. Stir well.
  5. Grate garlic using a hand grater into the bowl. Mix well.
  6. Top with chopped scallions if desired and serve immediately.

Calories: the calorie content will range based on the size of potatoes used, but assuming that each potato weighs 150 grams, each serving contains about 145 calories.

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