During the cold season, eating comfort foods such as pasta, stews, and mashed potatoes brings joy to many young and old alike. Nonetheless, it should be incumbent upon you that you strive to prepare the majority of your meals at home. That assists you in avoiding many extremely unhealthy additives, chemicals, and preservatives found in frozen meals, boxed mashed potatoes, or canned pasta.
There are countless issues with boxed mashed potato flakes; making mashed potatoes should certainly not be as simple as dumping boiling water onto processed potato flakes. Boxed mashed potatoes come along with hydrogenated oils, preservatives such as BHT, and other additives harmful for your health. Making mashed potatoes at home is a fairly easy process, and could be a fun project for young children to enjoy as well. Feel free to add in your favorite herbs, such as dill, chives, or cilantro, or even organic cheddar cheese to give a delectable twist to the flavor.
Serve this to your children instead of boxed mashed potatoes, in order to avoid detrimental chemicals and additives. These homemade mashed potatoes will make any child, or even adult, jubilant.
8-10 large potatoes
7-10 cups of boiling water
2-3 garlic cloves (depending on your preference)
4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or organic grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt
½ teaspoon organic ground mustard seeds
1 teaspoon ground rosemary
1 teaspoon black peppercorn, ground
1 small onion
Extra virgin olive oil & freshly chopped parsley (garnish)
Wash, peel, and slice the potatoes. Place in a deep pot with 7 cups boiling water. Cook on medium-high for about 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Strain; transfer to a deep mixing bowl. Mash using a potato masher.
In a food processor, pulse the onion, garlic, oil, spices and 1/8 cup of water. Pulse until smooth. Add to the bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
Place in a presentable serving dish. Drizzle with additional extra virgin olive oil and freshly chopped parsley, or a homemade gravy sauce.
Noor H. Salem is an author, speaker, and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, from Michigan. Noor works with clients in better understanding their bodies and healing with natural foods through her wellness practice, Holistic Noortrition. She presents various workshops, school lectures, group coaching classes, and community lectures on the topic of holistic health. Noor recently published her book, SUNNAH SUPERFOODS, a culmination of life-changing recipes and remedies, with a foreword by Dr. Waleed Basyouni. Her book consists of prophetic hadith, modern research, and delicious recipes, and is in the process of being translated into other language.