Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mix 'n' Mashed Potatoes

Feels good to be back on the blog....even though I'm still busy working.  Tomorrow begins the lighter days, followed by a few days off.  I sooo need it!

Today's lunch was a simple salad of: shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, pea shoots (local), turnips (local), the last of my broccoli sprouts, celery, cucumbers (local), and fresh basil and dill.  Added juice from half a lemon, salt, and garlic powder.  As it turned out, the turnips weren't my favorite in there.  Mind you, I like turnips.....just didn't really go with the lemon juice type dressing.  Will have to use my turnips elsewhere!

Like I mentioned before, I had several sweet potatoes from my csa I needed to use.  So I decided to make mashed potatoes, using both red potatoes and sweet potatoes (thanks Lea!).  Here's my recipe:

Tanya's Mix n' Mashed Potatoes:

for the potatoes:

5-6 red potatoes, cut into smallish wedges
2 sweet potatoes, cut into smallish wedges
~1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp onion powder
salt,pepper, creole seasoning

Boil the potatoes until tender.  Drain and put into a bowl.  Mash them up with a fork (I didn't have a potato masher). Add the spices to taste.  If you like it spicy, add more creole seasoning (or paprika, cayenne pepper, etc.). Set aside.

for the sauce/gravy:

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
3-5 cups raw kale, torn apart
1 Tb cumin seeds
1 1/2 cups canned, diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 Tb cornstarch (or other thickener), plus a little water
salt, garlic powder, black pepper

Put the onions in a pot with a little water.  Cook until soft.  Add the kale (I also used market mustard greens). Cook for a couple of minutes, until wilted, stirring every so often.  Add the cumin seeds and spices.  Stir.  Then add the tomatoes and water.  Cook until bubbling.  Mix the cornstarch with a couple of spoons of water. Mix well and add to the sauce.  Simmer for 5 minutes or so.  Serve on top of mashed potatoes.

Notice I again didn't use any oil.  I almost added some almond milk to the potatoes, but then decided against it.  You can, if you want it creamier.  I like it a little chunky too!  Enjoy.  And just so you know, I still have several sweet potatoes left, so there will be another recipe some time in the near future.  Probably this weekend.  It's also time to make another dessert!  Stay tuned.

Eat smart,


  1. That potato salad looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for the wine recommendation!!



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