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If your family is anything like mine, your Thanksgiving table would not be complete without mashed potatoes. Well, then you don’t want to miss these Healthy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes! They may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic!

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

 

I originally shared this recipe on November 9, 2010. I have updated the images and some of the text today.

As with most families, mine has its Thanksgiving traditions.  After the marathon of cooking is done, the table is set and the candles are lit, we join hands for a moment of silence.  And then the feasting finally begins.  But in our family my dad stops us just as soon as we’ve hit our stride to ask us one question “What was your first bite?”  We always roll our eyes and then go around the table confessing what we’ve eaten first.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

As annoying as this tradition is, it actually is quite interesting.  Believe it or not, rare is the diner who has tasted the turkey first.  I know I’m not one of them either.  In fact, most people, myself included, go for the mashed potatoes (and gravy) for their first glorious bite.  I mean, after skipping lunch and nibbling on nothing more than crudites and cocktail onions, you want to go for the good stuff, right?

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

So this year, I am making the mashed potatoes even more irresistible and memorable.  But you know me, I can’t bring myself to do that by weighing them down with a boatload of butter.  The trick is to add flavor instead.  Roasting a few heads of garlic ahead of time (even a day ahead is fine) makes for a creamy and rich flavor enhancer without a ton of extra calories.  I also toss a couple of crushed garlic cloves in with the boiling potatoes to layer the garlic flavor. Then I also use tangy plain yogurt instead of cream.  With all of the flavor in the mash you’ll only need a touch of butter.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Don’t forget to check out a few of my other Thanksgiving side dish favorites!

Simple Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

5-Spice Mashed Sweet Potatoes (vegan + paleo)

Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash

Gluten Free Bacon Butternut Squash Cornbread Stuffing

Savory Squash Puree

And you can find tons of vegetable sides, pies and stuffing here when you cruise all the Thanksgiving archives.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

healthy roasted garlic mashed potatoes

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

These Healthy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes may be lighter in calories with non-fat plain yogurt, but they are far from light on flavor with layer upon layer of yummy garlic! They are naturally gluten-free!


Ingredients

  • 2 heads plus two cloves garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 to 2-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, preferably white
  • 1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two heads of garlic for roasting: Leaving garlic head intact, cut tip off of garlic cloves, exposing the flesh of each clove. Repeat with the second head of garlic.  Place the heads root-side down on a sheet of aluminum foil.  Drizzle oil over the exposed flesh.  Wrap up the heads into a bundle and bake until fragrant and the garlic is tender, about 45 minutes.  Open packet to vent and set aside to cool.
  2. When the garlic is cool, squeeze the garlic out of the skins into a bowl and mash with a fork into a smooth paste.  Mash in butter, pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in yogurt.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the remaining 2 cloves garlic. Cover potatoes and the two cloves garlic generously with cold water in a large saucepan.  Place over high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to18 minutes.  Drain and return to the pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher.  Add the yogurt mixture and mash until smooth.  Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with parsley.

Notes

12 mg cholesterol, 0 g added sugars


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup each
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 466 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3.8 g

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