Add “Sweet” To Your Potatoes
The only thing that might not like a scoop of buttery mashed potatoes may be your waist line. I had a guy friend who paid $40 to Wynn’s dinner buffet in Las Vegas and ate solely their “amazing” mash potatoes and cocktail shrimps. But for those who aren’t looking to bulk up, I suggest you add the “sweet” to your potatoes.
May I introduce you – sweet potatoes! Instead of making mashed potatoes as your starch for your next meal, try sweet potatoes instead. Sweet potatoes and potatoes aren’t much different from each other in the calorie-counting context but they actually belong to different root vegetable families.
Other great things about ingesting mashed sweet potatoes instead are that they are slightly more nutritious and have a lower overall caloric count because they are:
- naturally sweet and flavoured
- tasty and smooth without adding a large amount of butter. I skip it all together and it tastes just fine
- contain other nutritional values like high amounts of vitamin A and C
- a good source of fiber
- lower in glycemic index (The glycemic index is simply a measure of how quickly a food, in particularly carbohydrates, raises blood sugar levels.)
With the above ‘good’ things, you can now balance it with some added fun! Stuff some huge marshmallows and bake it. :)
Quick, Easy (and Fun) Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
- 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/2 cup milk (chocolate milk also works here)
- 4 tablespoons butter (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- salt and ground pepper to taste
- about a cup of any size marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, and cook until easily pierced (around 20 minutes). Drain, and return to pot.
- Add milk, butter, and nutmeg. Mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. You could also use a blender’s pulsing option here. Transfer sweet potato mixture to a baking casserole dish.
- Top casserole with marshmallows! Bake until center is warmed through and marshmallows are lightly browned (around 15 to 20 minutes).