Sunday, July 8, 2012

The BEST Mashed Potatoes

I love potatoes! I have to say that I was pretty excited when Steffen said that he wanted to eat more potatoes because they are an alkalizing food. Before we used to eat potatoes maybe several times a month and now we are eating them several times a week :). One of my favorite ways to prepare potatoes is to mash them. That unfortunately is also not the healthiest way to eat them. Most people add sour cream, ranch dressing, butter, milk, and/or heavy cream to the mix. Recently, I added quark (greek yogurt) with mine and they were amazing! The yogurt gives them a very nice texture, a tangy flavor, and adds protein. Sometimes I also add in some prepared horseradish. You could add fresh herbs, a pack of ranch seasoning, celery, or garlic. I typically use a thin skinned potato and leave the skin on. The skin contains a lot of potassium, vitamin C, iron, and other important minerals and vitamins that our bodies need. By peeling your potatoes you are throwing some of those nutrients away and decreasing the nutritional value of the meal. However, the inside of the potato contains vitamins and minerals also.

Here is what you need:
2.5 lbs of potatoes. I use thin skin yellow potatoes but red potatoes would work well also.
1 cup low fat/fat free quark/greek yogurt
salt and pepper to taste
Note: You can obviously split the amounts above for smaller portion size, the 2.5 lbs potatoes make roughly 5 servings.

Slice potatoes in to equal size pieces. Place in a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat some and continue cooking until potato pieces are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Don't let them overcook or you will have watery mashed potatoes. Once they are done cooking drain them well.

I typically use my mixer to make these, but you can also use a hand masher if you don't have a mixer. Place potatoes in the mixing bowl, add quark and salt and pepper. Mix on low to get things started and then increase speed slowly. Once your desired consistency has been reached, they are done!

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