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!
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Make healthy mashed potatoes by substituting cream for low-fat milk and butter with chicken stock!
- 2 lbs. russet potatoes (approximately 3 large potatoes), peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with salted water to cover the potatoes by about one inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn down to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
- Drain and place the potatoes back in the pot or into a mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher.
- Add chicken broth, milk, butter and olive oil. Whisk until light and fluffy. Add a generous amount of salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk until combined.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
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