Sweet potatoes are healthy, inexpensive, and there are a bunch of different ways to prepare them. That being said, I tend to be pretty boring and always just throw them in a hash or salad…needless to say, it gets old and I’ve gotten sort of sick of sweet potatoes.
So, this time I tried something different and made mashed sweet potatoes. Of course, these aren’t the mashed sweet potatoes I look forward to every Thanksgiving, topped with brown sugar and pecans and buttery goodness. These are super easy, under-ten-minutes mashed sweet potatoes that make a nutritious side dish to lunch or dinner. Not very fancy, but surprisingly still tasty!
To save time, I cooked the potato in the microwave on the “potato” setting for about 4 or 5 minutes until it was nice and soft and the skin came off easily. You could boil the potato instead, but I’m lazy and impatient.
After I removed the skin, all I had to do was mash the potato with a fork and add one Laughing Cow light swiss wedge, a tiny bit of almond milk, and some garlic salt and chili powder. The potatoes were creamy and tasty, and I didn’t miss the butter and cream of the Thanksgiving version. If you wanted these to be sweet instead of savory, you could easily replace the salt and chili powder with brown sugar and cinnamon; the cheese is really mild and helps make things creamy, so it still works with the sweet version.
Quick & Light Mashed Sweet Potatoes for One
1 medium sized sweet potato (about 180 grams)
1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese wedge
Splash of milk (unsweetened almond, light soy, or nonfat)
Salt & pepper to taste
Pinch of chili powder
Let cheese wedge sit out on the counter a bit so that it comes to room temperature (this makes it easier to mix with the potato).
Scrub potato and poke it with a fork all over. Place in microwave and, using the potato setting, cook it about 5 minutes or until it’s soft to the touch and the skin can easily be peeled off.
Remove potato from microwave and let cool a bit before peeling the skin (careful! It’s gonna be pretty hot!). Place sweet potato in a bowl and begin to mash it with a fork. Add cheese wedge and combine, then add milk as needed until the desired consistency is reached. Add seasonings to taste.