Healthy Mashed Potato Recipes

Find healthy, delicious mashed potato recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Rating: 4.62 stars 9
Classic mashed potatoes get a nutrient boost with the addition of sweet potatoes. This healthy mashed potato recipe can easily be doubled, just be sure to cook the potatoes in a Dutch oven rather than a large saucepan.

Sautéed Leek Mashed Potatoes

In this healthy mashed potato recipe, we flavor the mashed potatoes with leeks lightly sautéed in butter and tangy buttermilk. These mashed potatoes are an amazing side to grilled steak or chicken.

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 1
This simple slow-cooker mashed potatoes recipe skips tedious peeling and boiling and helps save precious stovetop space by letting the slow cooker do the work. It's a great timesaving set-it-and-forget-it side dish recipe to round out any hearty meal. Buttermilk makes the mashed potatoes creamy while garlic and shallots add flavor.

Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Rating: 4.82 stars 4
Fancy up regular mashed potatoes with a layer of mushroom duxelle--a sauté of finely chopped mushrooms and shallots. We omitted the traditional butter in the duxelle and added chard for a nutritional boost. Serve this hearty side in place of mashed potatoes at any holiday feast or enjoy it as a vegetarian main dish.

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 4
Serve these bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes with grilled steak or chicken.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.67 stars 3
What could be more satisfying than mashed potatoes? In this garlic mashed potato recipe, the potatoes are flavored with poached garlic, thinned with chicken stock and enriched with a small amount of sour cream. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you're cooking for a crowd--say for Thanksgiving dinner.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Make this classic comfort food side dish in an electric pressure cooker, like the Instant Pot, to get the potatoes soft and tender in a jiff! This easy, 5-ingredient recipe is perfect for the holidays because it's all done in one pot and doesn't take up any extra oven or stove space.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Rating: 4.31 stars 4
These vegan mashed sweet potatoes are made with coconut milk instead of butter. With just a handful of ingredients, this simple side dish is loosely inspired by piele, a Hawaiian dish typically made with sweet potatoes or breadfruit and coconut milk, which gets wrapped in ti leaves and baked in an imu, an in-ground hot rock oven.

Mashed Cauliflower & Yukon Golds

The term “cauliflower mashed potatoes” usually means subbing cauliflower for potatoes completely, but in this recipe we use both cauliflower and potatoes: Yukon Golds add to the buttery hue of the mash and their waxy texture balances out the more watery cauliflower to keep it velvety. The mash is easy enough to make as a weeknight dinner recipe, but it would also make an excellent side dish for Thanksgiving or another special occasion.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 1
Garlic cloves, cooked along with the potatoes, give this puree extra body and lots of flavor.

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This healthy mashed sweet potato recipe has just 5 ingredients and is dinner-ready in 20 minutes. Using sweet potatoes for this classic side dish adds color to your plate along with a little sweetness and a boost of Vitamin A. With classic and simple flavors, it can easily be paired with any of your favorite dishes.

Mashed Turnips & Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Replacing some of the potatoes with turnips gives this mash a slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with sharp Parmesan. You can also substitute goat cheese, blue cheese, or Cheddar.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Mashed Potatoes Healthier
Here how to make healthy mashed potatoes without the butter for an easy Thanksgiving side dish. We skip the heavy cream and butter to cut calories and cut fat and add flavor with garlic and herbs.
Sautéed Leek Mashed Potatoes
In this healthy mashed potato recipe, we flavor the mashed potatoes with leeks lightly sautéed in butter and tangy buttermilk. These mashed potatoes are an amazing side to grilled steak or chicken.
Smoky Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These savory mashed sweet potatoes incorporate flavors of smoked paprika, cayenne and orange zest for a colorful twist on a classic side dish. You can use regular paprika instead of smoked, and can omit the cayenne for a less spicy version.