Healthy Mashed Potato Recipes

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

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Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

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

Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Rating: 4.82 stars
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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.

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Rating: 4.62 stars
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The addition of delicious sweet potatoes gives a nutrient boost to mashed potatoes. Double it: 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.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.67 stars
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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.

Bacon Mashed Potatoes

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

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Rating: 4.31 stars
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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.

Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4 stars
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These healthy and easy mashed potatoes get a savory touch from chicken broth and richness from a bit of sour cream.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Purple Potatoes

Roasting garlic and thyme in olive oil infuses them with a heady flavor that makes a luxurious addition to these mashed potatoes. Purple potatoes make a delightful lavender mash, but you can use white potatoes if you prefer.

Seaweed Colcannon

A classic Irish side dish, colcannon is typically a mound of mashed potatoes mixed with crumbled bacon, wilted cabbage and scallions, with a crater full of butter in the middle. For this seaweed variation, salty, umami-rich dillisk (the Irish name for dulse) take the place of bacon in this healthy side dish recipe. Look for dried dulse in well-stocked supermarkets.
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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.

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Don't tell your kids, but we snuck a whole head of cauliflower into these garlic mashed potatoes. The cauliflower, garlic and potatoes are all cooked at the same time and mashed with butter and cream cheese. Your kids will love this side dish and the best part is you won't have to remind them to eat their vegetables!