New Millennium Mashed Potatoes


Caution, you are about to enter the weight gain zone! This is what I often refer to the period of time from mid-Novemeber to the first week in January. So far this month, much of my attention has been devoted to groups interested in strategies to get through this season in the same size jeans they wore on Halloween!  So, have I suggested individuals enjoy the holiday food, just not so much of it? No,  this year, my message is different! Last month I was inspired on my trip to Philadelphia at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. In particular, it was an educational  session I attended presented by Barbara Rolls, Phd., Pennsylvania State University Professor and  author of the book, The Volumetrics Eating Plan.   The old message of “eat less” often leaves us with a plate half empty. The new message is to  maintain portion sizes and taste of your favorite foods, yet reduce energy density.  I am excited to show you how I used this strategy for the November Recipe Redux theme, vintage sides. In today’s post, I am sharing my lighter version of the quintessential side dish,  mashed potatoes.

These “made over” mashed potatoes save you 100 calories per serving, but maintain the same great taste, texture and appearance of those spuds you have known and loved. I have included an nutritional profile of both for your reference. Please don’t forget to check out all the other recipes at the bottom of this post!

Nutritional Profile Traditional Mashed Potatoes : 312 calories, 55 grams carbohydrate,  5 grams protein, 9 g fat, 5 grams sat’d fat

 Nutritional Profile New Millennium Mashed Potatoes:  218 calories, 42 grams carbohydrate, 5 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 2 grams sat’d fat

As you read through the recipe, notice the hidden ingredient. Do you ever use pureed vegetables as a hidden ingredient to reduce calories?

New Millennium Mashed Potatoes

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 pound cauliflower, separated into flowerets (or about 1/2 of a large cauliflower)
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill


Put potatoes and cauliflower into a Dutch oven. Add water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; steam covered for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Using a slotted spoon, remove vegetables and add to a food mill. You can also use a ricer. Force vegetables through food mill/ricer into large bowl.

Stir in milk, Greek yogurt, butter, dill and salt. Serve immediately.

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10 Responses to New Millennium Mashed Potatoes

  1. Simplee Sue says:

    This sounds wonderful and full of veggies. Thank you for sharing. Love it.

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  2. Carole says:

    thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting quite a collection of potato dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

    I have just signed up to follow your blog via Google Reader. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

  3. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about potatoes! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  4. Cheryl Meyer says:

    Ooooo, yum! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Diane Boyd says:

      I just made them again last night and served along with baked salmon and steamed vegetables. They are worth the effort! Hope you enjoy them!

  5. Love the recipe title of these potatoes. I’ve never pureed cauliflower into mashed potatoes but have done with rutabagas (inspired after a trip to Norway where they were practically at every meal.) Adding fresh dill really makes the dish!

  6. I’m a huge potato fan. It probably has something to do with my Irish heritage. I’ve tried mashed cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes, but can’t say I was thrilled. Love the idea of bulking up the potatoes with cauliflower, a la the Volumetrics philosophy. Brilliant! Love your photos too. Have bookmarked these to try soon.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Diane Boyd says:

      Martha, Thank you for your comment. I am curious what ratio you used; potatoes to cauliflower? I used 3:1 and did not taste the cauliflower.

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