Creamy and delicious! Perfect for a fancy holiday dinner or a quick weeknight meal. All the flavor without all the calories. Pair with Quick and Easy Italian Grilled Chicken, Baked Parmesan Chicken, Garlic Steak Bites or your own creation!
I came out of the womb with a love for mashed potatoes. In fact, I think those were my first words. I typically let each person in my family pick one meal a week and I have to remind myself not to have favorites when my daughter picks _______ and mashed potatoes. Whatever she picks, she wants those babies on the side.
I’m not going to deceive you. There are times where I give my mashed potatoes all the fat they adore: sour cream, cream cheese, butter, AND even cream if I happen to have it on hand. We aren’t talking either/or, we are talking potentially ALL those ingredients. WHOA. But, I recently experimented with a couple of tweaks. I reduced the calories and fat by substituting cottage cheese for the sour cream and cream cheese, reduced butter and went with 2% milk and a little reserved water from the boiled potatoes. I put them on the table and waited for the critics to rage. There were no complaints, only requests to pass the mashed potatoes!
The potato receives so much flack for his carbohydrate content. Very rarely do we hear people bragging about his merits! He is packed with nutrients- vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber to name a few. He is incredibly filling, cheap, and versatile! You can bake him, boil him, roast him, and what sane person doesn’t like him fried? Leave the skin on for greater servings of nutrients.
- 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup whole milk cottage cheese
- Reserve 1/2 cup water from boiled potatoes
- ¼-1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- ¼ tsp season salt
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- dash of fresh ground pepper
- Optional: 1 tbsp fresh herbs of choice (Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Chives)
- Put potatoes and garlic in a large pot. Add water to cover (about an inch above the potatoes) and add a dash of salt.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender.
- Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Return potatoes to the pot. Add cottage cheese and remaining ingredients. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth and there are not any chunks of cottage cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serving Size:3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gProtein: 6g