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Makeover Your Holiday Meals with MyPlate! - Week 2

Posted by Elaine McLaughlin, Nutritionist, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Food and Nutrition
Feb 21, 2017
MyPlate Holiday Makeover: Green Mashed Potatoes
MyPlate Holiday Makeover: Green Mashed Potatoes

The MyPlate Team continues to share “Makeover Monday” recipes each week on the USDA blog and the MyPlate Facebook page through January 6th.

This recipe was originally created for another festive day.  But everyone loved “green-mash” potatoes so much that this family favorite became part of our Thanksgiving Feast.

Since my family has an Irish ancestry, we first started making this Green-Mash Potatoes Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day.  Green peas add a slightly sweet flavor, and the garlic and pepper gives it some zip.  The white pepper is optional, especially if serving to little kids.  A sprinkle of Kosher salt on top brings out the flavors, yet the sodium is much lower than traditional mashed potatoes.  And also, kids think the chartreuse-green color is fun!

Visit and find new holiday ideas and resources to help you to keep good health in mind.  You’ll discover the new SuperTracker feature, My Recipes to help you build and analyze your favorite recipes.  Follow @MyPlate on Twitter to share your favorite healthy holiday tips or ideas.

Elaine's Green-Mash Potatoes
Elaine's Green-Mash Potatoes

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Nov 25, 2013

Looks like a fun meal to serve and eat!

Dr Kari
Nov 25, 2013

I'm game for new things to try. Most people gain weight over the holidays but for me that's a big double no no. I run a marathon in January and extra weight is bad for the joints. Plus I need to fuel my body with the right stuff not empty calories.

hector pichardo
Nov 27, 2013

sol un buen colaborador para la socieda consuma alimentos sano y libre e inkuo