Thanksgiving dinner calls for Turkey, mushroom gravy…and creamy garlic mashed potatoes! 🥔🧄. The good news is that with my recipe you won’t need lots of butter, heavy milk, and cream to make some tasty healthy creamy mashed potatoes!
Indeed, I decided to swap the heavy milk with low-fat milk and the sour cream with some 0% fat Greek yogurt. The result will show you that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, bland, or tasteless.
In addition, my garlic mashed potatoes are super quick and easy to make and require only four, easily available ingredients (plus a couple of herbs and spices). Oh, and I forgot to say that -in contrast to the majority of healthy pureè recipes out there- you won’t need any eggs or olive oil to enrich the texture of the mash. Plus, for a completely vegan dish, you can substitute dairy milk and Greek yogurt with plant-based yogurt and soy or oat milk.
But let’s see how I managed to cut the fats off this recipe, without compromising either on taste or texture!
How to make some healthy creamy mashed potatoes without using heavy cream or butter
Here are a couple of tricks I used to create a super tasty, yet healthy mashed potatoes recipe! The best thing is that these tips work also for other creamy mash recipes, such as this warming roasted pumpkin mash, or this earthy beetroot and cauliflower puree.
- Rinse the potatoes in cold water before boiling them.
A rinse with cold water helps to remove the potato starch. This allows for a lighter and fluffier mash, without the need for unnecessary fats!
- Start cooking the potatoes in cool, salted water.
This trick will help lock in the starch and keep the potatoes from getting gummy or tacky. All you have to do is cover the potatoes completely in cold water before bringing them to a boil. Plus, make sure you have salted your water before adding the potatoes so that they will unleash all their flavor!
- Drain the potatoes well.
No more soggy and wet mashed potatoes! Indeed, draining the potatoes carefully before whipping them is essential for achieving a softer and creamier mash.
- Use a good potato masher -or whip them with a hand mixer.
Having the right tools is essential if you want premium results. Personally, I love this Kitchen Aid Masher. It allows me to achieve a velvety, yet rich texture.
- Add the low-fat milk and Greek yogurt very slowly.
This step is essential if you want a smooth, lump-free potato mash. In addition, adding the milk and Greek yogurt little by little will allow you to adjust their quantity to your desired taste and consistency.
- Leave the garlic in!
This one is more about personal taste than anything else. However, I would suggest not removing the garlic cloves before mashing the potatoes. This will enrich the flavor profile of these healthy creamy mashed potatoes, without the need for unnecessary fats or salt. However, you can totally remove the garlic cloves before mashing the potatoes if they cause you any digestive issues, or you simply don’t like their taste.
Healthy Creamy Mashed PotatoesYum
- 4 lbs Medium russet potatoes, peeled about 12
- 1 cup Milk, low fat hot
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, nonfat
- 5 cloves Garlic, minced finely feel free to add more!
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Peel potatoes and rinse. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover the potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are easily pierced with a knife and on the softer side, about 20-25 minutes.
- Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes to your desired consistency. Mix in the other ingredients, adding milk and yogurt slowly until you have your desired taste and consistency. Add more salt or garlic, if needed.
- Serve hot with vegetables and a lean protein! Try my mushroom gravy with the potatoes (see notes*).
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