Potatoes are the “right” kind of carbs: The nutrient-rich kind, with lots of fiber, plenty of antioxidant vitamin C and loads of potassium for healthy blood pressure. Keep the skins on for even more phytonutrients.

Chives, the smallest member of the onion family, bump up the antioxidants and provide cancer-fighting vitamins A, C and K. Light and reduced-fat ingredients mean these rich potatoes contain slightly less fat and calories.

This big-batch mashed potato recipe is perfect for large family gatherings; for weeknight meals, make half.

Makes 12 servings (1 cup each)


5 pounds red potatoes

1/2 to 1 cup reserved potato cooking water

8-ounce package reduced-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, room temperature

1 1/4 cups reduced-fat light sour cream, room temperature

6 tablespoons light trans-free margarine

2/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Wash and cut potatoes into equal-size large chunks (depending on size, either halve or quarter potatoes).

2. In a large 7-quart stock pan, place potatoes and cover with cold water.

3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer gently about 25 to 40 minutes or until tender (knife or fork inserted in chunks will have no resistance).

4. Reserve 2 cups potato cooking water, then drain potatoes thoroughly.

5. Add 1/2 cup potato cooking water and all other ingredients.

6. Smash lightly with fork or potato masher, leaving some chunks.

7. Add additional potato cooking water in 1/2-cup increments to obtain desired smashed consistency.

8. Serve immediately. Can be warmed in microwave.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Calories: 270

Protein: 7 g

Carbohydrate: 40 g

Fat: 8.5 g

Saturated Fat: 4.5 g

Cholesterol: 20 mg

Sodium: 240 mg

Potassium: 1105 mg

Calcium: 62 mg

Iron: 1.4 mg

Vitamin A: 651 IU

Vitamin C: 26 mg

Fiber: 3.5 g


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