Incredible, Skinny Roasted Garlic Mashers



garlic-mash-potatoes-3

These are one of my favorite ways to make mashed potatoes.  And for garlic lovers, a dream come true.  When you roast garlic, it has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor.  They taste just like the rich decadent potatoes you get in a 5 star restaurant only skinnier.  Each skinny serving has only 94 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake and Cook Time: 45 minutes


Ingredients

1 pound red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into chunks,

½ head garlic

¾ teaspoon olive oil

2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter

2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk

½ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Separate ½ head of garlic into individual cloves. Do not peel. Toss in olive oil and wrap tightly in small piece of aluminum foil.

3. Roast in oven for 45 minutes.

4. While the garlic is roasting, add potatoes to a pot.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Simmer covered until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and add back to the hot pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or fork.

5. Remove garlic from oven and set aside to cool. When garlic has cooled, squeeze it out of the ‘paper’ shell of the individual cloves. Mash the peeled garlic with a fork.

6.To the pot of mashed potatoes, add mashed garlic, sour cream, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Mix together ingredients until smooth.  Turn the flame on low to heat thoroughly before serving. Adjust with a little more salt or pepper, as desired.

7. Roasted garlic mashers can be prepared a few days in advance and heated on the stove top or in the microwave before serving.

Serves 6 (½ cup serving)


Food Facts
Native to Central Asia, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. The use of garlic dates back 5,000 years ago. The Chinese have been using garlic for at least 3,000 years. Known for providing physical strength, garlic was fed to Egyptian slaves building the giant pyramids. Down through the ages, garlic had healing powers. Some of the medicinal claims include a cure for toothaches, open wounds and evil demons.


Healthy Benefit
Garlic’s chief virtue, according to clinical studies, is its ability to help lower elevated cholesterol levels.  It’s a natural blood thinner and seems to act as a mild antibiotic and digestive aid.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS
PLUS 3

SKINNY FACTS: for each ½ cup serving
94 cal, 4g fat, 2g protein, 15g carbs, 1g fiber, 230mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: full fat recipe per serving
400 cal, 23..7g fat, 7g protein, 44g carbs, 1g fiber, 1357mg sodium, 1g sugar