Smashed Potatoes

When I’m hungry, I don’t want to cook. Unfortunately, in the middle of the day  (unless I am going out to lunch) this presents a real dilemma. My first reaction is to look for something that I can put in my mouth. That usually means something in the cupboard or the fridge that is quick. There is actually a biological reason for this. Our body senses when there is food in our mouth – any kind of food – and automatically raises our blood glucose levels in anticipation of food and immediately lessens our sensation of hunger. This may be a neat little trick but it is not nutritious or healthy.

How do you avoid the cupboard raid and prepare and eat proper food? I might have written a book about eating on your own, but I think the best way to do this is with a partner. Whether you are trying to lose weight together or just keeping your intake of proper food in check, a buddy system can aid in your goals. With a willing partner, plan a strategy of feeding each other, both literally and figuratively. The willing partner does not need to be your significant other. It can be a friend or a co-worker.

The concept is that with two people you can do a little planning. It could be as simple as: you make lunch on Monday and Wednesday, your partner makes lunch on Tuesday and Thursday and Friday you go out. This way, you are responsible for another and therefore know that you have to complete the task since someone else is depending on you, and it also means that half of the time you don’t have to think about it. Mainly it means that you are not going to be reaching for the chips or piece of old processed meat to gain immediate satisfaction instead of sitting down and eating a proper meal.

It is important to be sensitive to your partners needs when planning and preparing food. My partner has been sick for the past few days and all she wanted last night was mashed potatoes. I think that we forget about those childhood comfort foods sometimes when we are trying to be “good food” people. I would not suggest a regular diet of starch and fat, but these potatoes fulfill much more than just our hunger sensation, they make us feel better. Food is intertwined with all aspects of life and denying that is probably more unhealthy than just having the occasional plate of mashed potatoes.

I guess the difference between mashed and smashed potatoes is the skin. I like to leave the skin on. It has lots of good stuff in it. Make sure you wash the dirt off and cut out any nasty spots.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper

Tools

  • Large Pan
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Hand Masher
  1. Wash and trim the potatoes. Cut into roughly 1″ chunks.
  2. Fill pan 3/4 with water and place on high heat. Add potatoes.
  3. The potatoes will be cooked when a fork will go easily through. About 10-15 minutes.
  4. Drain all of the water and return to the pan.
  5. Add buttermilk, butter and plenty of salt and pepper.
  6. Add the cayenne if you want a little spice.
  7. Mash away. Add a little more milk or butter to adjust the consistency. Keep adjusting salt and pepper until delicious.
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