Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Greek Yogurt Smashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

How do you bring good living to your life?

To me, "good living" means being good to yourself and putting your physical and mental wellness first. It includes taking time every day to do things that relax and fulfill me. During law school, it became apparently that I needed to take a step back and define my priorities for maintaining my sanity. I came up with a three part plan: cooking, exercising and reading. I love doing these things, and all three contribute greatly to my physical and mental health. So I decided that if every single day included these three things, I would be able to survive anything.

Since starting my blog last year, cooking has become an even greater part of my life. After a day of doing serious things at the office, I enjoy the meditative quality of being in my kitchen and creating things. Despite the fact that I usually make a big mess and dirty a dozen plates taking photos, this is my "me" time and I really enjoy it.

Mashed potatoes have been featured a lot around here lately, which I think is because I have Thanksgiving on the brain! I saw some gorgeous purple potatoes at the store and had to use them. I got such a great response to my Skinny Mashed Potatoes on Kelly's blog last week I wanted to create another version as well. Once again, there is no butter or cream in these taters - I used Fage Greek yogurt to create a smooth, creamy texture. As I've mentioned a million times, Greek yogurt is packed with protein and calcium and is a perfect, healthy substitution in so many recipes. I've already used it to make muffins and Indian food. So, these taters are super simple. Greek yogurt creates the amazingly creamy texture and adds protein while caramelized onions add a ton of flavor As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here.

Read more for the full recipe!

2lbs purple potatoes (or red or Yukon gold, whatever you've got)
1 6oz container of FAGE Total 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup skim milk
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sea salt
2 tbsp black pepper

Step by Step Instructions:
1. In a medium frying pan, add sliced onions and olive oil and cook on med-low heat 15-20 minutes, until caramelized.
2. Wash and chop potatoes into 1-2" chunks
3. Add potatoes to 2 quarts of cold water and bring to a boil
4. Boil potatoes for 8-10 minutes, until fork tender
5. Drain potatoes and return to the pot
6. Add milk and begin to mash the potatoes
7. Add the yogurt and season with salt and pepper
8. Continue to mash until you reach your desired level of smoothness
9. Stir in onions
10. Serve!!

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At November 3, 2011 at 1:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great recipe...your skinny mashed potatoes on Kelly's site was incredible! I would probably use regular potatoes, but the recipe is AWESOME!

At November 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM , Anonymous Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out said...

I am kind of wishing these would magically appear in my kitchen right now...I love cooking with Greek yogurt! I've started putting it in so many things. Between that and the caramelized onions, I bet these potatoes are killer!


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