Healthy Mashed Potato Recipes

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

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Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

These garlic mashed red potatoes use the cooking liquid to impart a rich garlic flavor. The starch from the potatoes helps make these mashed potatoes creamy without having to use milk or heavy cream.
By Liv Dansky

Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Rating: 4.5 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.
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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes can be served right away or made up to two days in advance, making your Thanksgiving or any other meal as easy as can be!
By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Rating: 5 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.
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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.
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Mashed Potato Pancakes

Whip up these mashed potato pancakes anytime you have leftover mashed potatoes on hand.The sharp Cheddar cheese and chives are the perfect pairing with potatoes, and the tangy sour cream ties it all together.
By Ali Ramee

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 2
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.
By Carolyn Casner

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

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

Rating: 5 stars 4
Serve these bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes with grilled steak or chicken.
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Mashed Potato & Roots Casserole

Rutabaga and/or celeriac give this casserole a more nuanced flavor, but you could also use turnips or kohlrabi—or make it with all potatoes instead.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Rating: 4.5 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.
By Susan Herr

Mashed Potatoes & Turnips with Leeks

Classic mashed potatoes get a healthy twist when you add turnips, a cruciferous vegetable that's rich in vitamin C. Turnips provide a touch of sweetness, while a savory leek topping completes this simple, easy side dish.
By Wendy Lopez

Inspiration and Ideas

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Rating: Unrated 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.
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with White Pepper
These easy buttermilk mashed potatoes are flavored with white pepper for a subtle spice and earthiness. Serve alongside roasted turkey or chicken.
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.