WW Recipe of the Day: Creamy Low Calorie Mashed Potatoes
I love mashed potatoes. They are one of my favorite comfort foods.
I grew up eating my mom's over-the-top mashed potatoes, which always included at least a stick of margarine and were whipped until creamy with a handheld electric mixer (affiliate link).
Delicious but not exactly low calorie.
I tried "cauliflower" mashed potatoes years ago, but wasn't a fan, though I've discovered they work when done in combination with real potatoes.
So, instead of giving up mashed potatoes, I learned to lighten them up.
This is my go to recipe for creamy low calorie mashed potatoes, which can be modified tons of ways.
You can use reduced-fat milk, buttermilk or part milk and part non-fat Greek yogurt (my favorite), whatever you prefer.
Enjoy them plain, or add herbs or horseradish.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Mashed Potatoes?
According to my calculations, each serving has about 153 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes:
Substitute 1 medium head mashed potatoes for ½ the potatoes.
Celery Root Mashed Potatoes:
Substitute 1 pound trimmed, peeled celery root, cut into ½-inch pieced for 1 pound of the potatoes. (*3 SmartPoints).
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes:
Prepare the potatoes as directed, stirring 2 tablespoons drained prepared white horseradish into potatoes with the milk and olive oil.
Stir in 1 cup well drained steamed chopped spinach into the potatoes with the milk and olive oil.
Other Yummy Additions for your Creamy Mashed Potatoes:
Fresh chopped herbs (parsley, chives, rosemary). chopped scallions, pesto, grated parmesan, roasted garlic, etc.
If you like these low calorie creamy mashed potatoes, be sure to check out other delicious Weight Watchers friendly potato recipes: Cottage Cheese Baked Potato and Salsa, Crock Pot Potatoes Dijonnaise, Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Spinach & Dill and Weight Watchers Potato Salad
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Creamy Low Calorie Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup reduced-fat (2%) milk
- 1-½ tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water so they are covered by at least 1 inch. Add ½ teaspoon of salt.
- Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 10 - 15 minutes.
- Drain well.
- Add the milk and oil to the potatoes. With a potato masher or electric mixer, mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper, as necessary.
Source: adapted from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fifth Edition (affiliate link): Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook's Kitchen
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Thank you for posting this recipe!! I just tried cauliflower mashed potatoes for the first time the other day and I'm not a fan. I need the real deal, just for way less points. I'll be whipping up a batch these real soon!
Thanks, Samantha. I tried cauliflower mashed potatoes way back too. In fact I had talked about it in my post and deleted it, thinking it was more information than people needed. I think I may go back and add it after reading your comment! I wasn't a fan either. I come from Irish ancestors so potatoes are a food I love and never plan on giving up! Hope you like them as much as we do!
Yum! I really like the idea of being able to use low-fat but still get all the flavor.
Will be trying these tonight!
Couldn't find the "real" recipe or was it just hints for lower-cal? Probably my fault. Thanks
Hi Susan, not sure where it went, but it's back now 🙂
I can't find the recipe?
Sorry about that. Should be there now!
You have the SmartPoints listed, what about freestyle points?