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What Are Skinny Mashed Potatoes?

One of my favorite items on the holiday dinner table is mashed potatoes. Of course, loaded with butter, cream, and all of those calorie-laden fats makes them delicious.

But, if you are watching your weight or waistline, you may want to opt for a no-fat, no-dairy option, which will cut the calories way back and make for a good substitution.

I have made them in two ways:

One is by peeling and dicing about 2 1/2 pounds of russet potatoes and putting them in a saucepan with about two cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Then mash right in the pot, adding pepper and seasoning as desired. Sometimes, I will boil several peeled cloves of garlic right with the potatoes.

The other is for smaller serving (this is considered two servings) and calls for one large potato, peeled and cut up, and boiled in water until fork tender. Drain and then beat with mixer about 30 seconds until smooth. Gradually add about 1/2 cup hot chicken broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper, to taste, beating until potatoes are fluffy and creamy.

That is it. Nothing more. And it cuts down on the fat so that there are only 5 calories of fat to a normal serving. Of course, the sodium level is at about 20 percent per serving size, which is only half of that large potato in the second version.

There are just some guilty pleasures we cannot deny during the holidays, and this is a healthier version, if you are watching your fat consumption.

Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

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alexdg1 wrote on November 29, 2015, 8:22 PM

Oh. I was going to say that skinny mashed potatoes are spuds that went on a diet so they could fit into those slinky black dresses for the holiday season.

RuthCox wrote on November 29, 2015, 9:40 PM

Now, don't you laugh... I have been making skinny mashed potatoes for years for my dogs! Yes, cook the potatoes right in chicken stock, then mash. Naturally, we share the comfort food!

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 29, 2015, 9:56 PM

Sounds good and easy to make too But I love the butter taste

markgraham wrote on November 29, 2015, 11:18 PM

I figure it is the holidays and who cares about diets if you eat moderately you will be fine. Enjoy the fattening foods even thought skinny potatoes would taste good too.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 12:22 AM

Thanks for sharing a great recipe. The last time I made mashed potatoes years ago, I added too much butter.

BarbRad wrote on November 30, 2015, 2:57 AM

We hardly eat potatoes anymore, even though I love them. We now eat baked sweet potatoes, which are a bit healthier.

cheri wrote on November 30, 2015, 4:33 AM

I also love mashed potato and you amke me crave for now..

CalmGemini wrote on November 30, 2015, 6:10 AM

I have always loved potatoes,especially mashed potatoes.Thanks for the recipe.

Rufuszen wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:34 AM

I use a fork to mash spuds, I like 'em chunky! I use olive oil, a more healthy fat, I am assured

JohnRoberts wrote on November 30, 2015, 10:25 AM

The best way is to not drown mashed potatoes in gravy and eat smaller servings. But mashed potatoes...GOOD!

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 30, 2015, 6:40 PM

Both your alternatives sound very good and may even get me back to liking mashed potatoes. Several years ago I had to be on a special diet of broth and mashed potatoes for several weeks due to a medical condition and I've been off mashed potatoes ever since.

cmoneyspinner wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:43 PM

Sounds delicious. Now if you can just give me the recipe for a skinny cheesecake. :)