Potatoes are a required side dish at any holiday dinner. While many who are calorie-conscious think mashed potatoes aren’t waistline-friendly, you may be mistaken.
Potatoes can both be part of a healthy, diet that promotes achieving a healthy weight. In fact, unless they’re fried or partnered with butter, potatoes are diet-friendly. A medium-sized potato has just 110 calories is naturally fat-free, contains fiber and is a good source of vitamin C. And when you eat the skin, you get a good fiber boost too. Sweet potatoes provide the added benefit of being rich in beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant.
I love her Incredible, Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The roasted garlic provides a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and doesn’t overpower the potatoes. The skinny for 1 serving is only 94 calories, 3.6 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. The full fat recipe has 400 calories and 23 grams of fat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake and Cook Time: 45 minutes
1 pound red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into chunks,
½ head garlic
¾ teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Separate ½ head of garlic into individual cloves. Do not peel. Toss in olive oil and wrap tightly in small piece of aluminum foil.
3. Roast in oven for 45 minutes.
4. While the garlic is roasting, add potatoes to a pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer covered until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and add back to the hot pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or fork.
5. Remove garlic from oven and set aside to cool. When garlic has cooled, squeeze it out of the ‘paper’ shell of the individual cloves. Mash the peeled garlic with a fork.
6.To the pot of mashed potatoes, add mashed garlic, sour cream, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Mix together ingredients until smooth. Turn the flame on low to heat thoroughly before serving. Adjust with a little more salt or pepper, as desired.
7. Roasted garlic mashers can be prepared a few days in advance and heated on the stove top or in the microwave before serving.
Serves 6 (½ cup serving)
½ cup serving: 94 calories; 3.6 g fat; 2 g pro;