Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Light Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes will be waiting for me in heaven, I just know it. I absolutely love them and if you don’t, you should – They’re great with grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Pot pies and roast meats love ‘em too. And they make you feel good inside, like you’re getting a big, warm hug. What doesn’t always feel the best, though, is the guilt that comes with all those calories. But, never fear! I’ve discovered a perfectly simple, scrumptious way to get your potato fill without filling up your waistline … all without any butter! Really.

Light Creamy Mashed Potatoes

A mixture of fat-free cream cheese and milk, as well as reduced fat sour cream, does the trick and then some. Replacing fatty heavy cream and whole milk, these ingredients combine to make for the most mouthwatering mashed potatoes ever. Ever, ever, ever. If I type it one more time does that make it true?

Ok then. EVER.

Try this spin on the classic favorite sometime for yourself and I know you’ll agree! With a little garlic powder and fresh herbs, these mashed potatoes tasty dreamily decadent but pack under 150 calories per 2/3 cup serving. No need to feel guilt about this delish side dish – dig in!

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Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Yield: Yields 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 cups quartered peeled potatoes (about 3 pounds)

2 ounces fat-free cream cheese, cubed

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/4 cup fat-free milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 Tbsp. chopped chives or herbs, such as parsley or thyme

Directions:

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and mash, or blend with a handheld mixer. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, salt, garlic powder and pepper; beat until smooth. Top with chopped chives or herbs, if desired.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Taste of Home

      

60 Responses to “Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes”

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    love2dine — May 11, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    i must try that.. i love garlic.

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    Zee — May 11, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    I would add a dash of chicken stock to it and eat it all by myself! Looks delcious

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    Choc Chip Uru — May 11, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    This mashed potato looks dreay creamy – love the addition of garlic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 11, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    My favorite mashed potatoes are always garlic. Yum!

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    Blog is the New Black — May 11, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Perfection!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 11, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    Perfect mashed potatoes if you ask me!

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    Lindsey — May 11, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I always love to add garlic to mashed potatoes! I love this lighter version! Thanks for posting!

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    Angie's Recipes — May 11, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    This is my type of mashed potatoes.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 11, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I love converting bad for you recipes into something you can enjoy every day!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 11, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    me and my husband are very big mashed potatoes fans, i like that you are adding cream cheese, sour cream and milk, actually to make them even creamier, try adding WARM light cream next time,it tastes amazing!

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    Tina Bk — May 11, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    These do look pretty tasty, I love creamy mashed potatoes. However, I know someone that does not want anything else but mashed up potatoes in there! That does sound pretty bland, since I do want the cream I might as well go lighter with the low fat dairy! Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food-so this goes very well with your blog name! Have a great weekend!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 11, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    My dad would love these…or my hubs! Totally up their alley!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 11, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmm. mashed taters are definitely a favorite indulgence of mine. Reduced fat recipes never seem to be quite as tasty, but you’ve convinved me to give these a shot!

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    Vicki Bensinger — May 11, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    Oh these do sound good! I love mashers especially if I don’t have to worry about all the calories.

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    london bakes — May 11, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    I love the garlic flavour in these, they look so creamy and rich and just the ultimate comfort food!

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    Karly — May 11, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I need these in my life. Immediately.

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    Honey — May 11, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    oooh.. you had me at LIGHT! I love mashed potatoes.. I often make mine with buttermilk to add the moisture but avoid the fat. This recipe looks delish! LOVE the GARLIC!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — May 11, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    yum, these sound delicious + I love that they’re a lighter, healthier version!

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    Pacheco Patty — May 11, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    We are big garlic mashed potato fans, will have to try your lighter version, it really looks and sounds perfect!

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    pb and oatmeal — May 11, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    My mouth is watering! Those look delicious!

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    Cucina49 — May 11, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    I agree–there must be mashed potatoes in the afterlife. These look lovely, and I love the idea of creamy potatoes without all the buttery calories!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 11, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    those mashed potatoes look so heavenly and look like clouds. i want to dive right in and curl up in it.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — May 11, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    I have to try these, they look so good!

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    Marla — May 11, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Georgia I love that you lightened up mashed potatoes for us! They sound amazing!

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    Pam — May 11, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I could have just these potatoes for dinner and be perfectly happy!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — May 11, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    I could live solely on garlic mashed potatoes. These look amazing, Georgia!

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    Val — May 11, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I could eat pounds of these light and dreamy potatoes!!

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    Jennifer {Mother Thyme} — May 11, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    Garlic mashed potatoes are my favorite! I now have an excuse to whip up a batch and not feel guilty if I eat the entire bowl. Love this recipe!

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    From Valeries Kitchen — May 11, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    I love mashed potatoes to Georgia. This is a great way to reduce the fat, calories, and guilt! I always make some of these changes to mine and save the luscious, full fat variety for the holidays.

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    Asmita — May 12, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    Wow, I love these garlic mashed potatoes. I can eat loads of it.

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — May 12, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Light and creamy? Sounds perfect to me!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — May 12, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    There’s nothing quite like fluffy creamy mashed potatoes!

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    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — May 12, 2012 @ 1:47 am

    I truly believe that these are probably some of THE best mashed ‘taters, ever, ever, ever! ;)

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    Holly — May 12, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    I ♥ how you’ve lightened up one of my favorite versions of mashed potato! Mmmmm

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    Jeanette — May 12, 2012 @ 3:45 am

    These mashed potatoes look super fluffy – love how you lightened them up.

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    Baking Serendipity — May 12, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    I love your substitutions! I use sour cream in mashed potatoes a lot, but never thought to add cream cheese. Definitely doing so next time!

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    Hotly Spiced — May 12, 2012 @ 5:09 am

    This is a great mashed potato and the garlic would give it wonderful flavour. This would be a great compliment to many dishes xx

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    Katie|Epicurean Mom — May 12, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    I adore sour cream in Potatoes! Love that you didn’t add in butter! So healthy and satisfying!

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    mireia badia — May 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I love mashed potatoes!!!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — May 12, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Georgia….mashed potatoes are my absolute go-to comfort food! They will be waiting for me in heaven, too! Though I’ve had sour cream in mashed potatoes before…I’ve never used cream cheese and I must admit…that sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to try this recipe the next time I’m making mashed potatoes! : )

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    The Cooking Actress — May 12, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Mmm I love mashed potatoes-and esp. when they’re made over in such an awesome, guilt-free way!

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    Alfriston Cottage — May 12, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Mashed potatoes and cream cheese? That sounds fabolous! I have to try it…soon! ;-)

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    Lizzy — May 12, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    These sound incredible!!! My hubby and son adore mashed potatoes…and I must make this lightened up version for them. I doubt they could tell the difference :)

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    Sawsan@chef in disguise — May 12, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Mashes potatoes are a favorite here and the idea of a guilt free version sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing Georgia

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    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — May 12, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    Here’s another thing I do to make mashed potatoes healthier: sneak in some cauliflower! This version sounds so flavorful and delicious! :0

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 12, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Great idea, Jen! I’ve done something similar before but with broccoli. Here’s the recipe: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2012/02/asiago-mashed-potatoes-and-broccoli.html

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 13, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with cream cheese before and they turned out wonderfully. nice and creamy like you said.

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    RecipeNewZ — May 13, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    I never added cream cheese or sour cream to mashed potatoes. That sounds like a good idea :-)

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    Reem | Simply Reem — May 13, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    Yum!!!
    you know my dad makes very smiler mash potatoes but he also adds caramelized onions and some pepper flakes….
    Delicious Georgia, I need to make this soon..

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    Heather Allford — May 13, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Oh wow! This looks like the perfect comfort food. I need to try it :)

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    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — May 13, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I LOVE garlic mashed potatoes and could easily eat that whole pot. :)

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    Paula — May 13, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    Love, love, love mashed potatoes! This is a great recipe.

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    Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee — May 15, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    I have to admit I’ve never made mashed potatoes with cream cheese in them, but it sounds like a fabulous idea:)

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    Amy — May 15, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    These look so yummy! Definitely going to make these!!

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    OCFoodBlogger — May 15, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    My favorite side dish. I also like how there are fat-free ingredients used.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 16, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    I love all kinds of mashed potatoes, but especially ones with garlic. This looks so luscious!

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    The Harried Cook — May 16, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    I’ve never been keen on mash recipes that skip the butter, but this one’s got me convinced! :) I gotta try this one! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Lynna — May 16, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    What do you know…I have 2 oz of cream cheese left. I guess I have NO choice but to make these, to use them up!

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    Steph — August 25, 2012 @ 6:13 am

    I tried this today and it was delicious…plus this is the first time I’ve had success making mashed potatoes from scratch! I had to make some substitutions based on what we have in the fridge: neufchatel instead of fat free cream cheese and nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, but it came out just great anyway.

    One thing though, 3 cups chopped potatoes is more like 1 lb (16 oz) not 3 lbs. That way it comes out to the calorie count you posted above too :)

    Thanks for the recipe…love your site!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — November 13, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try this to lighten up Thanksgiving a bit :) yummy!

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