Easy healthy mashed potatoes recipe loaded with broccoli, mushrooms, garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese. A perfect and healthy side dish for lunch or dinner!
These Instant Pot mashed potatoes are my all-time favorite side dish! They are shockingly good and healthy! Your family is going to love them!
In the Western world mashed potatoes are a perfect side dish for any holiday table or any special occasion like Thanksgiving Day, Christmas or Easter.
Mashed potatoes are always on my weekly menu. You might want to check my Brown butter mashed potatoes, Garlic mashed potatoes or Spinach mashed potatoes. Trust me, they all are seriously good! However, these healthy broccoli mashed potatoes really stand out!
Healthy mashed potatoes (with skin)
Many people want to know whether mashed potatoes are healthy or not. The truth is that it depends on the cooking method and ingredients.
Many people use potatoes without skin. If you are one of them, you should broaden the horizons of your plate and try to make mashed potatoes with skin. It gives so much texture and is full of healthy nutrients that our body needs.
I personally prefer to make potatoes in instant pot because they cook faster. This simply means that pressure-cooking preserves most of nutrients and you get healthy mashed potatoes.
Adding broccoli and mushrooms to mashed potatoes adds a bit of flavor and texture and tons of nutrients too! You can substitute heavy cream for low-fat Greek yogurt if you are on a diet. This will not affect the taste much.
How to make the perfect mashed potatoes
Cut the potatoes. I cook potatoes together with broccoli in my instant pot. Broccoli cooks faster than potatoes. That is why I quarter potatoes. I like to leave the skin on for extra nutrients, but you can peel them. Cutting guarantees that they cook evenly when they are of the same size. Medium potatoes work the best for Instant Pot method.
Saute the garlic until slightly browned and frangrant.
Pressure cook potatoes, garlic and broccoli until fork tender. Don’t cut broccoli into florets as it will cook really fast. Leave it whole or halve.
Mash the potatoes, garlic and broccoli in a food processor until smooth, adding heavy cream (if needed) and cheese. Beat JUST until smooth. Don’t over beat potatoes because they tend to become gooey.
Adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
Can you freeze mashed potatoes?
Absolutely!! These mashed potatoes freeze really well. Cool them completely, transfer to a freezer–safe bag (or airtight container) and freeze up to 3 months.
What goes well this mashed potatoes?
Garlic herb butter roasted chicken– a flavorful juicy chicken recipe.
Mojo chicken– a Cuban recipe
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