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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

MASH IT UP

Baby food is not just for babies. Anyone who loves mashed potatoes knows this. In fact, pureed foods can be easier to digest, since blenders do the work of your teeth and often do it better, but unfortunately pureed foods often come mixed with oils and fats and laden with salts and flavorings.

For dinner, try this:

3 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. flaxseed
1 head of cauliflower
1 can black beans
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

Wash and dice the sweet potatoes in 1-inch cubes, leaving the skin on. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Bring 6 cups of water to a rapid boil. Add the potatoes and boil uncovered for 7 minutes. Then add the cauliflower and boil for an additional 7-10 minutes, depending on preferred softness. Then strain and add to a food processor or Vitamix with the flaxseeds, avocado, black beans, and nutritional yeast and blend until smooth. Season to taste. Top with fresh tomatoes and onions for added kick.

This variation on mashed potatoes makes four 350-calorie servings. It is loaded with fiber (22 grams per serving) and most major vitamins and minerals. You can use it as a dip with carrots or other raw veggies, load it into a lettuce leaf for a nifty wrap, or eat it directly from the bowl with a big spoon. The avocado and flax provide just the right amount of fat so you won't in the least bit miss the cream, butter, and oil.

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