Happy, Healthy Kitchen – Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

This is so easy to cook I considered not posting it but sometimes you crave comfort food on your weight loss journey. And usually weight loss and mashed potatoes don’t go hand in hand. But I have learned a trick on how to make low calorie and decadent mashed potatoes with no fat, dairy, butter, cream, or sour cream added. Sounds impossible, right? I know, I thought so too. Until I tried it. Truthfully, I think the main secret is in the potato. Yup. Organic Yukon gold potatoes to be exact. These potatoes are full of flavor, satisfying and delicious. Another trick I learned is to set aside some of the starchy hot potato cooking water when I am draining them. Something else I love about these mashed potatoes is they are easy, fast to make, and I’m left with only one dirty pot to clean. I’ve made this by steaming my potatoes, but boiling them works also. The other day, my filling, bowl of comfort food was only 200 calories or so. This recipe is super versatile so feel free to add a small amount of vegan butter or plant milk if you want an even creamier dairy free alternative. Add some steamed veggies on top and you have a filling meal for under 300 calories.

For directions, boil or steam as many organic gold Yukon potatoes as you want. Leave the skins on. Cook potatoes until you can easily poke them with a fork. Set aside a cup or so of the starchy hot potato cooking water, depending on your serving size. I made a single serving by adding 4 steamed small potatoes in a bowl. Cut them into quarters. Smash them with my fork, adding hot water slowly until desired consistency. I seasoned mine with salt, pepper and everything but the bagel seasoning. Fresh dill or green onions would be really yummy too. Season, taste and enjoy. Bon Appetit!

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