Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Mashed Potatoes with Kale & Garlic Recipe

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What happens when Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day reproduce? You get this.

Which, I’ll be honest, I’m not mad about. Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods, any time of the year and kale is a close second. Not only is kale super trendy right now (and you know me, following the trends) it has 0 points and is considered a power food (Plus, it’s green for St. Patty’s!). Anything that’s a power food is going straight to my belly this month because I need to lose 8 pounds by April 20th. Yep, 8 real pounds.

I know you’re probably like, “you aren’t going to lose that eating mashed potatoes!” And you couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, the delicious kind my mom makes with 2 sticks of butter and a tub of sour cream may stunt my efforts, but these? These luscious tots? They don’t have ANY butter and just a smidgen of fat free sour cream and light cream cheese. So they are guilt-free and just as delicious.

Now, why is kale a power food anyway? It’s just a leaf, right?

Well yes, but it’s much more than that! Kale is full of super antioxidants and nutrients, like calcium, vitamin C, folic acids, maganese and the powerful carotenoids lutein and zeaxathin, which help prevent UV damage to the eyes, among other things.  The maganese in this leafy vegetable help aid your body’s defense system too. A lot hiding under that simple leafy, exterior!

Paired with fiber rich potatoes, you’ve got one healthy and naturally green meal! Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day should mate more often, don’t you think?

Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks and Spark Recipes.

Mashed Potatoes with Garlic & Kale

Serves about 8
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes 


  • 5 large russet potatoes, rinsed (you can keep the skin on or remove it)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 – 3/4 cups low sodium, organic chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup kale, wilted
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper


  1. Prepare potatoes by cutting them into quarters and placing them in a large pot. Add enough water to cover them and set to boil. Boil potatoes for about 6 minutes, or until soft when pierced with a fork. Rinse and place back into the pot.
  2. While potatoes boil, saute garlic in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add in 2/3 cup chicken broth, cream cheese, sour cream and garlic. Beat with a handheld mixer or immersion blender until soft. Stir in wilted chopped kale. Add additional chicken broth or cream cheese for creaminess. Season liberally with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Nutritional information per 1/2 cup:

Calories: 95 calories 
Fat: 2.8 grams 
Carbohydrates: 19 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fiber: 1.9 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points:  3 

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  1. Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    Yuuuuum! Kale is my thing lately. Love it in any form. Mashed potatoes + kale = brilliance! 
  2. Posted by Liz @ Southern Charm on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    You made my day! Love the mashed potato recipe!! Looks and sounds amazing and with those stats for 1/2 a cup? SOLD :)
  3. Posted by Jessica lynn on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    Yum! I never would've thought about putting the two together, but that sounds delicious! 
  4. Posted by Lacy @ NYCityEats on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    Mmm this sounds fantastic! I love kale and mashed potatoes and honestly would never think to put them together but now that it's aout there I'm totally trying this out. Great idea!!
  5. Posted by Lauren on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    this is just an amazing idea. YUM :)
  6. Posted by amy donovan on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    yum, i love the combo of comfort food with good-for-you super food!
  7. Posted by Deborah Dowd on
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    This sounds like a healthier take on the traditional.  Kale is a big favorite in our house, and this is a great dish, St. Pat's Day or not!
  8. Posted by Áilbhe on
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    Looks great, although I feel it's missing something... Leek!!!
  9. Posted by Corina on
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    Very healthy.  And a good way of adapting mashed potato for St Patrick's day.
  10. Friday, March 16th, 2012
    Yum! And what a great way to use up leftover kale. Such a smart way to bulk up the nutritional value of your mashed 'taters!
  11. Posted by Ally on
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    My, I am all about kale lately... this recipe is next on my list!
  12. Posted by Tina on
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    We grew up on this combo... in Dutch it's called "Boerenkool".  Traditionally served with gravy, sausage, and pickles!!  Yum... but this does look a little healthier :)
  13. Posted by Kim on
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
    What is wilted kale?
  14. Posted by Cindy on
    Monday, March 25th, 2013
    LOL- we used to serve this at The Holland Home- a retirement home I worked at when I was 15- only they called it "Mouse". I chuckled when you called it trendy...