It’s no secret that I like to sneak more nutrition into kid-friendly meals wherever I can. My kids aren’t the worst vegetable eaters in the world, but they certainly aren’t the best. And, hey, my husband and I could stand to eat more too. So, why not transform the ole carb-loaded, fat-loaded mashed potatoes into something DELICIOUS that also happens to be good for you? Right. That’s what I said.
Make Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with some Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin or Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders and you’re golden. And, don’t bat an eye about freezing the leftovers. They will thaw and reheat heat well for another day.
Ooo, I wonder if I can make a shepherd’s pie with these guys on top? That’s my next challenge.
With fewer carbs and more nutrients than regular mashed potatoes, these healthy yet decadent-tasting Cheesy Mashed Potatoes are sure to be a family favorite!
- 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes (about 2 medium ones)
- 3 cups diced peeled russet potatoes (about 2 medium ones)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
- 2 tablespoons plain cream cheese
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed in hand
- Place diced sweet potatoes and russet potatoes in large pot of cold water and turn on high heat. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Drain in a colander over the sink and return to pot.
- Add butter/oil, cream cheese, chicken broth, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley. Gently stir until cream cheese is melted and incorporated.
- Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning, as needed.
Freezer Meal Instructions:
After cooking and cooling, freeze in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
Thaw in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave. Warm in the microwave or slow cooker on low after thawing. You may have to add a bit more liquid (milk or chicken broth) after reheating, if too dry.