I have always been a big potato fan! Seriously, I was the kid at the restaurant who, when given a choice of two sides, would choose two different preparations of potatoes. HA! Thank goodness I’ve learned a bit more about balanced eating since then! Before I learned more about balanced eating, though, I believed the media and other fitness influencers who said that white potatoes were “bad” for you, and so I stopped eating them. Macro counting showed me that potatoes can be a part of a balanced diet, and I’m so thankful they’re back in my life!
Anytime you go to a restaurant or find a recipe that has the word “loaded” in it, you can pretty much bet on it being a fat bomb. However, I love loaded potatoes, and so does my husband, so I figured out a way to make them delicious but more macro friendly. The secret to keeping them indulgent is mixing in a couple wedges of light laughing cow cheese. It adds a creamy element without a ton of excess fat! Macros for 150 g of potatoes are rounded to 5f/24c/5p, so you can enjoy a bigger serving if you’re a potato lover like we are.
Loaded Red Mashed Potatoes
- 2 lbs Red poatotes, scrubbed clean and then cubed (you can peel your potatoes if you desire, but I left the peels on mine)
- 2 tablespoons light sour cream (30 g)
- 3/4-1 c chicken stock (or 1 tsp of chicken granules and 1 cup of water) (start with 3/4 cup and increase to 1 cup, if desired)
- 2 wedges light laughing cow cheese
- 50 g bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
- 56 g sliced green onions, or to taste
- 28 g sharp cheddar cheese
- garlic salt, to taste
- Place chopped red potatoes in a pot and cover them with water. Bring water
to a boil and boil potatoes until they break apart easily with a fork. Drain
liquid from the pot.
- Start with 3/4 cup of chicken stock and 2 tablespoons of light sour cream.
Mash them with a potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add
additional chicken stock, as necessary.
- Stir in 2 wedges of the laughing cow cheese until it has melted into the potatoes. Then stir in bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions. Season to taste with garlic salt. Serve and enjoy!