How do you make mashed potatoes? This combo of ingredients above is loaded with flavor and makes about 4-5 cups of mashed potatoes and will last us several days 🙌 a huge step up, both for flavor and nutrition, from most restaurant varieties... and if you prefer less butter and cream than I use here you can definitely cut back even more... most restaurant versions have way more than needed to make tasty mashed potatoes.
A few things to know:
1️⃣ I’m not really a fan of straight cauliflower mash 😝 (just don’t like the way it tastes or the texture), but I do like throwing some in with regular potatoes to help cut some of the impact on my blood sugars 👍
2️⃣ I always try to use organic butter and cream when possible.
3️⃣ Sautéed onions and garlic add an explosion of flavor that never disappoints!
Potatoes often get a bad wrap especially from the carb concious. But if you aren’t sensitive or intolerant to the nightshade family including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and capsicum, then you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating the good ol spud. Here’s why.. If you are steaming or roasting the potatoes rather than using the deep fryer, and avoiding butter or cream then you will reap their benefits of being rich in potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid. They also posess an array of phytonutrients which permit antioxidant activity. These compounds include carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which exhibit activity against free radicals.
Here’s where I get excited; Potatoes are a very good source of Vitamin B6 which is essential for the creation of neurotransmitters called amines. Our nervous system relies on amines to transmit messages between nerves. Many amine-derived neurotransmitters that need B6 for their production are;
Serotonin, Melatonin, GABA, Epinepherine and Norepinephrine.
Therefore having adequate doses of vitamin B6 is essential to prevent depression, treat stress, normalise brain function and required for a good nights sleep!
So there you have it, put some healthily roasted spuds on your plate for your brain health and sleep!