Mashed potatoes are the quintessential side for the holidays. Potatoes are one of those foods that I can eat every day. Prepare them in any way, shape or form, and I will not turn them down. But I would have to say that having them in the form of mashed potatoes would probably be very close to the top of the list. There is something about that creamy, buttery texture that just melts in your mouth.
It’s a very simple and easy dish to prepare but it seems like there are so many different ways of preparing it. Everyone has their own signature way of making mashed potatoes, especially during the holidays. My sister loves the skin so she keeps them on her potatoes. Some like to add garlic and herbs to spiff it up. I personally feel that mashed potatoes are so delicious on their own that they don’t need any spiffing. When it comes to me, my focus is on decreasing calories without sacrificing the taste. But it seems like the root of mashed potatoes is calories, calories and more calories. Yes, it is super delicious but all that cream and butter will really start packing on the pounds.
How can you make mashed potatoes healthier without sacrificing the creamy texture and delicious taste? Easy. Substitute the cream for low-fat milk and substitute the butter with chicken stock. Well most of the butter… 🙂 You will be reducing the total calories in this dish by roughly 500!!!! That’s 100 less calories per serving. Umm YES PLEASE!
You’re welcome! Hehe 🙂
- 3 large russet potatoes
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 tbsp. butter
- ½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Peel and cut the potatoes in large chunks.
- Boil the potatoes uncovered in salted water. (This is important!)
- Turn down the heat to medium, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 25 minutes).
- Drain and place the potatoes back in the pot. Place the pot back on the stove and heat on high for 1 minute to eliminate any excess water.
- Take off the heat and mash using a potato masher.
- Add the chicken broth, skim milk, butter and olive oil. Mix well until light and fluffy.
- Add a generous amount of salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.