Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Garlic Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a wonderful and tasty compliment to any meal. I wanted to use them with my Spicy Thai Roast Chicken so I decided to put together a side dish that would pick up some of the flavors from my Thai marinade. Garlic and ginger added a nice compliment to the sweetness of the potatoes, while not overpowering the dish. Plus, this ended up being an incredibly lean and healthy recipe. Just a bit of olive oil and some skim milk is all you need to get a tasty, creamy texture. This recipe will yield four large servings or six smaller servings, depending upon your appetite. The best part? A large portion of this dish has only 195 calories and 6 grams of fiber.

I also wanted to give a shout out to the lovely Eva from KitchenInspirations who not only made my whole wheat cheez-itz this week, but send along four lovely awards for me. I am always so flattered when someone makes one of my recipes, so I was especially excited to see these yummy, healthy snacks on her site. If you haven't already, I urge you to check out her blog, she makes amazing recipes and has the most gorgeous kitchen!

Read more for the full recipe!

1.5lbs sweet potatoes, scrubbed
4 cloves of garlic
1 2" piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
optional: 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, washed

Step by Step Instructions:
1. Cut sweet potatoes into 2" cubes
2. In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with 1" of cold water
3. Bring to a boil and boil 6-7 minutes, until fork tender
4. Drain potatoes and set aside
5. Saute garlic and grated ginger in olive oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes
6. Add potatoes and milk
7. Using a masher or a large fork, mash potatoes with garlic/ginger mixture
8. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and serve
9. Garnish with chopped cilantro

Nutrition Info: Makes 4 large servings
Per serving:
195 calories
3.5g fat
5g protein
6g fiber

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At March 15, 2012 at 2:12 AM , Blogger Baker Street said...

Ginger is a great addition I say! Can only imagine how great this tastes.

At March 15, 2012 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Suzi said...

Very tasty idea, ginger and garlic in sweet potatoes. I bet that really was delicious, I am going to give them a try.

At March 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love sweet potatoes and I don't eat them nearly enough. What a beautiful and healthy side!

At March 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you kindly, Dara. We loved the healthy cheez-itz. My husband asked that if I make them again for us, to use your recipe instead. Sadly, I don't think the kids would like them...although I may sneak in a tbsp of whole wheat next time I bake it for them.
The awards are well deserved.

At March 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Isabelle said...

These sound absolutely delicious! I usually do my mashed sweets with some maple syrup and cardamom, but I think I'll have to give this version a try next time I'm in the mood... I do love me some ginger and garlic.

At March 15, 2012 at 5:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like a really delicious side to any dish - I am a huge fan of sweet potato :D

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At March 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM , Blogger Red_Shallot said...

I can see this accompanying a simple seared fish fillet and some steamed vegetables. Love sweet potatoes and love the flavor combination :)

At March 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious looking side dish, and congrats on the four awards!

At March 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea, they look so good. I have never thought of putting sweet potatoes and ginger together, but they must make a great pair!

At March 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Beth @ Beth Michelle said...

I love sweet potatoes! These sound so wonderful. Great pairing of flavors!

At March 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am not at all a sweet potato girl, but i just got some in a CSA box and this looks like a good recipe to try and convert me!


At April 19, 2012 at 1:42 AM , Blogger acca said...

Thank you for the recipe. I love sweet potato too. The best thing I can do with this tuber plant is the fact that I can also have salty, savory food.
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