Monday, November 15, 2010

Beans in my Taters! Say Wha!

Happy Monday! I currently have about 673 loads of laundry that I have ignored over the past week, plus I believe the mess in the kitchen is my fault =], and I also need to go grocery shopping. What time is it? 2 in the afternoon...I still have time.

On to more important things, like potatoes. Mashed Potatoes.

Let's be honest. When you think of mashed potatoes, you think of the way your grandma used to make them. Butter, salt, more butter, a little more salt, oh and maybe just a little more butter. (No I'm not related to Miss Paula Deen) Now let's be a little more honest. Eating your grandma's potatoes is a delicious way to do so. And since they are so starchy, it's easy to keep coming back for more...
and more...
and more...

Potatoes aren't really filling, and a lot of people tend to stay away from them because they are "unhealthy."
Yeah, they could be unhealthy if they are fried in oil, doused in sour cream, and over taken by cheese. 
"But that's what makes em' taste good!"

Simmer down

Potatoes are actually a great source of fiber and vitamin C. There is only one problem. Since they are a starchy carb, and contain little protein, they aren't really filling. 

Hence the following:

(To learn more about health benefits of navy beans click HERE.)
Navy beans are a wonderful source of fiber and protein. All which keep you full and satisfied.

Just puree a can of cooked navy beans and add them to your mashed potatoes. You won't be able to notice they are even in there.

As with any mashed potatoes, you can make them creamy or chunky.
I like mine chunky with all dem' skins on em'. The manly way.

Now if you want to make your potatoes the same way you always do, you definitely can. Just add a can of cooked pureed navy beans.

These potatoes definitely aren't the way your grandma used to make them, but they will keep you feeling satisfied, as well as putting something good and nutritious into your body. They contain high fiber and high protein amounts.

 I adapted my recipe from:
 Oh She Glows

Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes

3-4 medium sized potatoes
2-3 Tb butter (I used earth balance)
paprike, salt, pepper to taste
3-4 cloves chopped garlic
2-3 TB Almond milk (or your choice of dairy)

1. Chop potatoes (w/ or w/o skins) and place in water pot on stove. Let cook over high heat for at least 30 minutes, or at least until soft.
2. When potatoes are done, set aside and puree beans and garlic in processor. Set aside.
3. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes with butter, milk and desired spices, then add garlic bean puree.
4. Mash to desired consistency, and adjust spices to taste preferences.


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