Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Garlic Sweet Potato and Spinach Mash || Autumn Recipes

Last night I cooked up this nutritious alternative to traditional mashed potato and it went down a storm on Instagram and Facebook so I thought I would share the extremely simple recipe with you lovely lot.
Sweet potato is one of my favourite foods - it's so versatile. It can be chopped into wedges to make fries (my boyfriend's favourite), baked and served with a variety of fillings, or boiled/steamed and mashed to create the ultimate in comfort foods. Not only are these orange spuds packed full of fibre, Vitamin C and potassium, they also taste amazing - just as nice as their white counterparts if you ask me, and according to experts, regular potato will cause blood sugar to rise around 30% more than sweet potato!

This recipe also contains spinach which, at only 7 calories per cup, is an excellent way to get one of your five a day as well as loading up on various nutrients - there's a reason why Popeye swore by this stuff. 

So, for this recipe you will need: 
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 130g of spinach (washed and trimmed)
- 1 clove of garlic
- a tbsp of butter (you can miss this out if you're being extra healthy)
- a tbsp of oil 
- salt and pepper to taste

  • First up, peel your sweet potatoes and chop them into small chunks (the smaller you cut them, the faster they will cook). Then pop them into a pan of salted boiling water and allow them to cook for around 30 mins. 
  • Peel and finely chop the clove of garlic.
  • When your sweet potatoes have around 5 mins left to cook (you'll know they're ready when they're nice and soft), add the tbsp of oil to a frying pan and cook the garlic for no longer than a minute - it will burn if you leave it cooking for too long on its own. After a minute, add in the spinach, making sure to coat it completely in the garlic oil. Your spinach should only take 1-2 minutes to cook.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and mash them with the tbsp of butter, and add your spinach. 
  • Mash it all together and add salt and pepper to season.
Et voila!

I served the mash with some grilled cajun-spiced chicken and the two complimented each other perfectly! 
This recipe made enough mash for me and my sister, but we did have quite hearty portions so if you wanted to add a side of vegetables or salad and reduce the portions of mash, I'd say you could serve three or four people with this recipe. 

This is definitely the perfect Autumnal side dish, and will also be amazing comfort food on those cold Winter nights.

Would you like to see more of these kinds of posts on my blog?

Holly xo

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  1. This sounds delicious, I love sweet potatoes. My favourite way so far is chopping them into fries but I will definitely try this! :-) xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

    1. I love sweet potato fries too, but this is a great alternative! You should definitely give it a try Kat :) xx

  2. oh my goodness holly you're killing me! I just moved and therefore can't cook anything good right now :( but I'm starving! looking at this is definetely not good for me haha But I want to try it so badly! and yes! I want more of these posts! :) hope you're having a wonderful day!

    Andrea xx

    1. Haha thanks so much Andrea! That made me smile. Well hopefully you'll be all settled in soon and can get cooking! I'll try and do more when I cook up something nice again :) xx

  3. Very nice, thanks for sharing :)

    Santenne of Crystallized Elements.

  4. This looks so good!

  5. I love spinach mash so I've bookmarked this variation to try in the future :) It looks yummy!

    ox Lucy

    1. That's such a great compliment thank you :) I hope you like it! xxxx


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