Cheesy, bacony goodness- tops a healthier version of a loaded mashed potato casserole. It is low calorie and low fat but full of flavor.
It’s mashed potato time! Oh yes, it is the time of year that mashed potatoes sing, at least in our house. Once the weather cools, mashed potatoes go into heavy rotation onto our dinner table. They are great underneath a ladle of stew to sop up all that delicious sauce. They can be perfect next to a roast chicken with a spoonful or two of gravy, and, of course, they have to be on my Thanksgiving table. More importantly, they have to be on my turkey sandwich the next day. Oh yes, when it comes to a Thanksgiving sandwich, mine has to have a smear of mashed potatoes, a dab of stuffing and a few pieces of turkey all sprinkled with lots of fresh ground black pepper. Mashed potatoes just make me happy.
This time I took a little inspiration from my favorite way to eat a baked potato – loaded. Load on the bacon, cheese, green onion and sour cream (or yogurt these days). So why not enjoy all those deliciously decadent flavors on top of my favorite Thanksgiving food. Oh these are over the top mashed potatoes but not over the top in calories and fat. In my mind that makes them a super food. It makes me super happy to eat them and totally satisfies every single one of my taste buds and even my soul.
Are mashed potatoes always on your Thanksgiving table? What other food must you have for Thanksgiving?
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Healthy, Low Calorie Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
- 2 lbs . Yukon gold potatoes cut into 1 inch chunks*
- 1 lb . cauliflower florets
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 1 ½ tsp . kosher salt divided
- ½ cup 2% fat milk
- ¼ cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp . unsalted butter
- ¼ tsp . fresh ground black pepper
- 6 Slices cooked turkey bacon or center cut pork bacon finely crumbled
- ¾ cup shredded 2% reduced fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup chopped green onion
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place potatoes and 1 tsp. kosher salt in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until fork tender.
Scoop out with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl. Mash the potatoes.
Bring water back to a boil and add cauliflower and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until fork tender.
Drain cauliflower and garlic and place into a food processor.
Add milk, yogurt, butter, ½ tsp. kosher salt and pepper and puree until smooth.
Pour into the bowl of mashed potatoes and stir well to combine.
Spray an 11 x 7 inch oven-proof baking dish with non-stick spray.
Spoon in the mashed potatoes.
Top with bacon crumbles and cheese.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
I calculated 6 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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