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Make the Most of Mashed Potatoes

7 inventive recipes, starring one of our favorite comfort foods

4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Leeks, Peas and Walnuts

by Nava Atlas

This savory recipe for mashed sweet potatoes — including a little fresh ginger and ground nutmeg — is a nourishing and tasty side dish that can be made vegan-friendly.

Per serving: 246 calories, 32g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 5g fiber, 46mg sodium

5. Millet-Cauliflower 'Mashed Potatoes'

by Robin Asbell

This recipe doesn't actually include any potatoes, but instead is made of steamed cauliflower and creamy millet. Adding common potato flavorings like butter or roasted garlic will make this healthy substitute even more convincing.

Per serving: 84 calories, 0g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 243mg sodium

6. Potato Celeriac Mash

by Susan Spungen

Adding celeriac, or celery root, to your mashed potatoes makes them lighter-tasting than the classic version. If they are done too soon before the rest of the meal, use the author's tip: Place the mashed potatoes in a metal bowl over a large saucepan full of simmering water, and cover the bowl with foil. Just remember to give them a stir every so often.

Per serving: 353 calories, 4g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 9g fiber, 543mg sodium

7. Maple-Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Toasted Pecans

by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds

This rich, indulgent recipe is a holiday favorite, with crunchy pecans taking the place of the traditional marshmallows. Butter, maple syrup and cayenne create a sweet side dish that could almost do double duty as a dessert.

Per serving: 404 calories, 8g saturated fat, 52g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 6g fiber, 252mg sodium

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