High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes



Eric loves mashed potatoes.

I mean, he really loves mashed potatoes.

He has been hinting on a daily basis that mashed potatoes would be a great way to ‘use up’ our stock pile of red potatoes courtesy of our Plan B CSA.

I said, ‘Sounds good, when ya making them?’ ;)

I have successfully evaded his hints for the past few weeks as I dreamed about making another batch of Homemade Salt & Vinegar Chips. Who needs mashed potatoes when you can make chips?

It’s not that I don’t like mashed potatoes. Really I do. I just love them when they are creamy, garlicky, smooth ‘n chunky, skins and all. Buttery, salty, piled with salsa or ketchup. It is fun to dress them up.

They are total comfort food.

However, my issue is that by the time I remember to add them as a side dish, it is already too late and I don’t have enough time to cook them. I tell myself, ‘I will make them tomorrow’ and then they get buried under veggies, forgotten about for weeks. Then I start to see snake-like sprouts trying to escape from the crisper and I run in the opposite direction like a little baby.

I also never think to use potatoes as a main dish because they lack protein and staying power.

I vowed to change that by amping up the protein.

Watch out Eric, you better be careful of what you wish for. ;)



Add some elbow grease and work out those arms! ;)


Add almond milk…


and Earth Balance (or what you have on hand!)…


We are huge fans of leaving the skins in the mashed potatoes. It adds a great texture and more nutrients (although I wouldn’t suggest leaving the skin on if you use non-organic as potatoes are part of the dirty dozen and are high in pesticides).

Drain beans.


Process 2 cans of navy beans (3-3.5 cups), garlic, salt, and paprika in food processor until almost smooth…


The bean mixture will taste amazing. Spoon some into mouth.


Add bean mixture to potato mixture and mash ‘em up!




Sprinkle with remaining paprika, black pepper, and more salt.


I left them a bit chunky because Eric likes them that way. It’s a texture thing when they are too smooth, I guess. ;)


Adding navy beans to mashed potatoes is a great way to make them protein rich and sneak in some nutrition without anyone being the wiser.

They are now high in protein and delicious.


Eric and I used these potatoes as the main dish for our meal. I added some cooked veggies and stirred them in. It was delicious and very filling! Eric thought they were awesome and he had no idea they contained beans! Success.


I will see you tomorrow morning. :) I will be talking about what activities I did post-10k race to expedite the recovery process! Enjoy your evening.

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Hunter4086 September 8, 2010

I’m seeing red leaves — it’s totally time to bring potatoes front and centre at dinner time.

This recipe looks tasty with the beans. I’m going to try this with some krispy kale mixed in…it will make delicious colcannon!


Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 8, 2010

Adding beans to mashed potato – that is such a good idea! I’d never have thought of that :)


jennifer September 8, 2010

genius! I love it!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 8, 2010

What a great way to include more protein!!
oooh and I just saw your breakfast pizza – holy YUM!


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 8, 2010

Those mashed potatoes look fantastic! I really love mashed potatoes with the skins on too. It’s so good!


Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 8, 2010

YUM! I can’t wait to recreate these sometime soon! I’ve never used navy beans… hmmm!


Victoria September 8, 2010

Oh, I absolutely love this idea! I never would have thought to put beans in mashed potatoes. I’ve got to try this soon!


Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 8, 2010

YUM! I can’t wait to recreate these sometime soon! I’ve never tried Navy Beans… hmmmm!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 8, 2010

This is a great idea! Navy beans are the same thing as cannellini beans, correct?

I use them in my pasta sauces to make bean bologneses! It’s delicious–much better than meat :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2010

Hmm I’m not sure, I was under the impression that they are both two different types of white beans…


Laura September 8, 2010

Navy beans are more of a black bean size and cannellini beans are more of a kidney bean size. Also, cannellini beans are sometimes called “Great Northern” beans.


Patt June 29, 2012

Navy beans, cannellini beans, and Great Northern beans are 3 distinct beans with Great Northerns requiring the longest cooking time if you start with soaked dried beans. Here’s a brief description of each variety: http://www.cookthink.com/reference/988/Cannellini_beans_vs_Great_Northern_beans_vs_Navy_beans

Cannellini beans are the creamiest; they’re also known as white Italian kidney beans. Navy bean have the greatest proportion of skin to bean. Great Northerns are favored by many cooks for baked beans. There are some slight nutritional differences, e.g. cannellini beans are the highest of the 3 in protein and navy beans are the highest in fiber http://www.slowcarbfoodie.com/2011/07/23/what-kind-of-beans-should-i-eat-the-great-slow-carb-bean-index/


Caitlin (EatFeats) September 8, 2010

What a great, creative recipe! You are so innovative!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 8, 2010

Definitely gotta make these for the husband!


Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 8, 2010

Great idea adding the beans. I just checked out the dirty dozen and saved it for a quick reference. Yikes. :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 8, 2010

Genius! I am having visions of a healthy Thanksgiving, starting with this recipe.


Monique@She's Going The Distance September 8, 2010

Wow that’s such a smart idea!!!


sarah September 8, 2010

This is such a healthy recipe!
I emailed it to my friend who loves potatos and I know she will love a different style of her favourite food.


MoniMeals September 8, 2010

Great idea! Sneaky you with those beans, so clever, hehe. Husbands all around will be happy today!


Leah @ L4L September 8, 2010

I LOVE the idea of adding beans to mashed potatoes! Brillz! I’ll be copying!

PS – I like to roast my garlic before adding it to my mashed potatoes! Yummmmm! Sometimes, I add a little wasabi to them too. ;)


Tina September 8, 2010

What a great idea! I had no clue at first glance beans were involved. I was wondering where the protein was coming from.

And I always do the same thing with wanting to make something as a side but forgetting until its too late. So annoying.


Liz September 8, 2010

Yum! this is going on the rotation for next week!


Kristina @ spabettie September 8, 2010

WOW this is SO funny, I made a note in my blog book that I want to have mashed potatoes this weekend!! :) This is a great idea so I may incorporate your genius :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 8, 2010

SOLD! except i’ll have to make them behind the hubby’s back since he SWEARS he hates beans :)


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place September 8, 2010

wow, i love the suggestion of adding beans. I’ll be trying this out!


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 8, 2010

What a lovely recipe Angela!

I love the idea of adding mashed beans to the mix. I’m still thinking of making your pbj pie for breakfast tomorrow…


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 8, 2010

Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods too! What a great way to make them more of a main dish! I’ll be making these soon and surely for Thanksgiving, too!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 8, 2010

I love this idea. My husband is also crazy about mashed potatoes. He’d eat it every day–even for breakfast–if I let him. I’m sure he’d think this is so good.


Charlie September 8, 2010

I love mashed potatoes! When my mom made them, she could be sure that there wouldn’t be any left ;).
Adding beans is such a great idea! I have to try it!


Trish September 8, 2010

Between this and the breakfast pizza I am in heaven. Yum!


Heidi September 8, 2010

Sounds delicious! This would be great for picky kiddos, Im not sure I have met a kid who doesn’t like mashed potatoes.


Becca September 8, 2010

Great idea! I love my veggies but my man… not so much. Now I can sneak some in and he won’t know! Thanks!


Cara Craves... September 8, 2010

As an Irish girl, I love my mashed potatoes!
I think the addition of the beans is genius!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 8, 2010

It’s always good to pump up the volume so to speak if you can add to the fiber or protein content of things. You’ll be a great mom one day b/c you already know how to put veggies in smoothies, protein into taters, and it’s all about being creative with kids (or husbands) to help them get a few extra goodies in :)

I dont sneak too much into my daughter’s food, but she’s a high raw 3 yr old vegetarian who eats raw broccoli all on her own so thankfully I dont have to get too creative. haha!



Allison @ Food For Healing September 8, 2010

another MUST try! thanks


Stefanie September 8, 2010

Growing up, I lived on mashed potatoes. They are my comfort food. I’ll have to give your high protein mashed potatoes a try. They look so good. It would be great with a side of brocolli and carrots topped with salsa. Thank you . :)


Kelsey September 8, 2010

Amazing idea!!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 8, 2010

That’s awesome!! You never think of mashed potatoes as high protein so this is great!


rachel September 8, 2010

Oh…I love mashed potatos and I love beans, what a great combo…I’m actually drooling and can’t wait to make this for dinner tomorrow night!


Red Head, Yellow Dog September 8, 2010

yummm! these look so good! one of my fave post long run meals is a mix of mashed sweet potatoes, mashed red potatoes and hummus!!! SO GOOD!


Liz September 8, 2010

You are the queen of sneaking in an extra veggie. First green monsters, now this? Amazing! Thank you so much! i can’t wait to try them!


Camille September 8, 2010

These look fantastic!


GFree_Miel September 8, 2010

Mashed potatoes are my comfort food of choice. All warm and happy…mmmmmmmm. I know what I’m making tomorrow. =D


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