Mashed Potatoes, are an extremely popular side dish due to their versatility to go with almost everything. The perfect side to meatloaf, pork chops and salmon, three of our favorite main dishes. The downside, they are usually loaded with cream and a ton of butter. They may be tasty but healthy they are not. I try to limit the amount of butter I use in cooking, but mashed potatoes with low butter are bland (at least to me). I tried covering up the absence of butter with more garlic, and it was overwhelming to the kids which made them a no go. So what did I come up with? Well initially I was just going to make mashed sweet potatoes, because of the sweetness the use of butter isn’t needed. But when I went to make them for dinner one night, I realized I only had two small sweet potatoes left, not enough to feed the entire family. So I scoured my refrigerator to see what I could make instead and that is when I noticed I had a bag of carrots. I figured that they are fairly similar and decided to try something new. That is how I stumbled across this delicious and much healthier version of “mashed potatoes.”
Two Sweet Potatoes
4-6 carrots depending on size
1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt
To begin, cut your sweet potatoes and carrots into quarter sized pieces, add them to a pot with water just covering them. To the water add the diced garlic, and salt. Bring the potatoes and water to a boil and continue to boil for 12 minutes. Once 12 minutes have passed drained what is left of the water and add in the coconut oil and pepper. Smash with a potato smasher to a thick and chunky consistency. Serve warm, you will be left with the aroma and taste take over your senses.
Not only are these quick and easy to make, I actually prefer them to the typical mashed potato. The carrots add a nice balance to the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. My 2 year old asked for a second helping, which excited me- I now have another way to sneak carrots into him. I hope that you give this potato dish a try. They may not be loaded with butter and cream but they are also not lacking in the flavor department.