Pesto Mashed

17 Aug

Confession: I love mashed potatoes.  So much.

But really, they just are not that good for you.  It is a big pile of carbs and dairy, and sometimes just serves as a container to hold a sea of gravy.  If I never post again, you’ll know it is because I was struck by lightning for saying such harsh words about one of the world’s finest foods.

Let me make up for it.  This recipe is delicious, flavorful, has that mashed potato flair, and is HALF the calories of the standard variety.  If you’re like me, that means you can have TWICE AS MUCH if you want, or save those extra calories to splurge on something else.  Pesto Mashed combines potatoes and cauliflower with the creamy goodness of Greek yogurt, flavored by the herby-garlic Deep Green Pesto.  This dish is fast and easy to make, can be made ahead and reheated, and is even better on the second day. 

[Dude! isn’t that the same, horrible photo from yesterday?  Yes, yes it is.]

Pesto Mashed
Serves: 6
Serving size: 1/2 c.

 
1 lb. red potatoes, peeled and diced
1 lb. frozen cauliflower
1/3 c. greek yogurt
2 T. deep green pesto
2 T. water
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large pot, place potatoes and cover with water, with about an extra 2” of water.  Bring to a boil, then add cauliflower.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 

While they are cooking, combine the yogurt, pesto, and water in a large measuring cup.  Stir to combine.

Remove the potatoes and cauliflower from the heat, drain, and then return them to the pot.  Mash with a potato masher until creamy.  Add the yogurt mixture and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.

Estimated Calories:  84 cal/serving

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