Tip Top Taters

Last night was one of those nights that I was craving some comfort food.   I worked a solid day in front of my computer, walked out to my car in the brisk pre-winter air and realized that I really wanted mashed potatoes.  What could be better than WWF (weight watchers friendly) mashed potatoes from scratch??  I also knew that my girlfriend was finishing up a long, stressful day at work and coming home to one of her favorite foods would make her feel all relaxed and warm and gooey inside :)  Without further ado….

Tip Top Taters
Servings: 4
PointsPlus Per Serving: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 large red potatoes, 15 PP
  • 5 tbsp light butter (my favorite is Land-O-Lakes light butter w/ Canola Oil), 6 PP
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk, 1 PP
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Directions
1. Cut up potatoes into chunks, leaving the skin on (more nutrients!). I make mine bite size in order to quicken the softening process. Put the pieces in a microwave safe mixing bowl (glass or ceramic) along with enough water to just cover the top of the potatoes and a dash of salt. Microwave for about 22 minutes (6-6-10 is what I did) until soft enough to break apart easily with a wooden spoon.

2. Drain in colander and put back in mixing bowl. Pour all the rest of the ingredients over the potatoes. Mash with potato masher or use a handheld mixer. I use the mixer and it gets them so smooth and creamy! Add extra spice to suit your own preference, but this mix is pretty much awesome.

3. Portion out your serving and enjoy!

This makes right around 4 cups of mashed potatoes. They were so good that I had to have 2 cups. Believe me, that’s a LOT of potatoes. But because of the ingredients I used, I was able to enjoy it without much guilt!  Plus I had a lot of points left for the day, so I could indulge a little :)

So, this recipe yields four 1-cup servings of potatoes at only 6 points per serving! The potatoes were 16 points total, but only the milk and the light butter added the little bit extra. Land-O-Lakes is definitely my favorite brand.  It tastes wonderful and this specific one is only 1 point per tbsp. I also make sure to use organic food whenever possible! The potatoes, milk, salt and parsley were all organic. Everything else was all natural. It really makes a huge difference, not just in taste, but in the aftermath. And all my organics were purchased at Walmart! As embarrassing as it is to admit that I shop at Wally World, the one closest to us has a fantastic selection of organic produce, dairy, poultry, etc. In fact, the broccoli and the chicken that I prepared alongside the taters was all organic and bought at Walmart. When you don’t make lots of money, but you’re committed to eating as organic as possible, you get it wherever you can!  Here’s a picture of the “plated meal” for your salivating pleasure :)