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A Healthy Blog Snack Holiday: Mashed Potato Adventures and My 5 Healthy Holiday Rules

Posted Nov 23 2009 10:17am

Mashed Potato Adventures

CorinneTessaand I headed to Williams-Sonoma this Sunday for a free cooking class on Thanksgiving Techniques. I have been super excited to learn the ins and outs of cooking a fabulous Thanksgiving meal – as this is my first year hosting Thanksgiving dinner – and I couldn’t wait to dive into this class!

The Stories

The teacher was the sweetest little womanwho started off by reminiscing about her Thanksgiving meals-pastand telling us some really funny anecdotes: for instanceshe actually took Julia Childs out for dinner once! She called ahead to the restaurant and said“I’m bringing Julia Childs in for dinner this weekso please be sure to have a table ready for us.” Well when she got there with Juliathe host stared at her incredulously and squawked“oh my goodnessshe really is here for dinner! I thought it was a joke!” Can you imagine?! How absolutely mortifying! She also got it out of Julia that her favorite junk food to snack on was Goldfish Crackers!!

The Options

I loved all of the great storiesbut I also loved the demonstration. The focus of the class was on mashed potatoesan obvious Thanksgiving staple. PersonallyI think mashed potatoes are the best part of the Thanksgiving feastbut there are soooooo many ways to make them – how’s a foodie to decide?! Red-skin potatoesIdaho potatoesYukon Gold potatoesor you could even try a mashed cauliflower-potato mix as a low-calorie alternative. Check out this article to help you choose the best potato for youbased on your preferences.  I whipped up a test batch of red-skin mashed potatoes yesterday (I love the skins in them!)but I think I’m going to try the traditional Idaho mashed potatoes for my Thanksgiving spread.

The “How-To”

Whichever potato variety you decide onyou start off by chopping your potatoes into small cubestossing them into a panand boiling them on the stove in enough water to cover them. I learned that you shouldn’t fret too much over how long you boil the potatoes forbecause you can’t really over-boil them – great tip! After the potatoes were boiledI was able to see Williams-Sonoma’s potato ricer in action for mashing the potatoesand boy was it cool!  Does anyone use one of these religiously? Apparently you can use it for anything from veggies to pasta.  Check out the video below:

After the potatoes were “riced,” our teacher threw in some buttercreamand a package of Williams-Sonoma’s bacon and chives mixand voila! Delicious mashed potatoes – and so easy! We were able to try out the resulting potatoes along with Williams-Sonoma’s cranberry relish – delicious!

Regardless of your favorite dishI think we all have a tendency to over-indulge during our Thanksgiving feastsbut there are ways to keep yourself in check. Here are five things I plan on doing this Thanksgiving to make it a healthier holiday:

My 5 Healthy Holiday Rules

  • Get Moving
  • Use a Smaller Plate
  • Listen to Your Belly
  • Hydrate
  • Holiday” Does Not Equal “Don’t-Eat-All-Day

I can’t wait to put my rules into action and I really can’t wait to whip up my first Thanksgiving dinner – especially the mashed potatoes!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side-dish?

Do you have any holiday health rules that you swear by?


Happy Holiday Snacking!

Lindsey


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