This post has been sponsored by Skim Plus.
Over a decade ago I landed my first real job in a bank. It was an interesting experience and I feel I gained so much during my 6 years climbing up the corporate ladder. At that time, who knew I would have ended up becoming a food science teacher? I have one memory in particular, which has absolutely nothing to do with banking and a lot to do with learning how people eat and what their expectations were when it came to food. I remember a coworker talking about her delicious mashed potatoes, and at the end of the conversation said they came from a bag where she just added liquid. I mentioned to her how easy it was to make homemade mashed potatoes from scratch because my mother had made them at least once a week for me (I LOVED them!) She scoffed at me, saying my mother lied to me and no one would go through THAT much trouble. For some reason, I’ll never forget that comment because really, my mom’s homemade mashed potatoes are so easy, they practically cook themselves!
I use to help her peel the potatoes but as I grew up I either became lazy or wanted to incorporate the nutrients from the skin of the potatoes, so I stopped peeling them. I’ve used a variety of potatoes and my favorite are red skinned, as they yield the best flavor. This time around I used organic gold potatoes and they were slightly sweet and gave a perfect creamy texture. Another variation from my mom’s recipe is that I use Skim Plus milk as opposed to whole milk. My husband and I have learned that everything you eat counts when it comes to calories, even if it’s just an added ingredient in a recipe. Skim Plus milk offers the same rich and creamy texture you expect from 2% milk, without all the fat. To boost their nutrition profile, Skim Plus has even more protein (11 grams!) and Calcium than regular milk. Plus, they boast no added hormones, so they are in line with our lifestyle choices.
If you’ve ever asked a Greek mother for a recipe, you know she doesn’t have one for anything she makes and eyeballs the amounts of ingredients she uses. Well, for this recipe I’m going to loosely tell you how much you need of everything, but ultimately that will depend on your preference- texture, creaminess, flavor are all on you, as I like my potatoes super creamy and garlicky, but my husband prefers them a bit more chunky.