High Protein Mashed Potatoes

The other day I was super craving mashed potatoes. The problem with mashed potatoes is that there is zero protein or nutrition and that’s kind of an issue. I was Googling ideas to make it high in protein and found a recipe where the person added beans into the mashed potatoes. Since this was a last minute craving, and I was out of canned beans, I ended up using green lentils as my protein source so the mashed potatoes went from creamy white to a yellow-y colour.
Also added super garlicky spinach and added mushrooms to my mushroom gravy (I cheated here and just used the store bought packet ones) and this was the perfect vegan comfort dish. It was so delicious and so satisfied my cravings for mashed potatoes. Plus very simple to make, though admittedly, there were a lot of pots and pans to wash…so thankful for a dishwasher 🙂
The lentils were hard to mash because they were so tiny and gave the mashed potatoes some texture, though not in a bad way. But I think next time, I’ll try it with canned white beans that I’ll keep on hand.

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Ingredients:
3 large potatoes
6 bunches of spinach
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of lentils
mushrooms (as much as you want, or as little. I used cremini and enoki mushrooms)
1 tbsp of nutritional yeast
splash of cashew milk (or whatever milk you prefer)
salt
garlic powder to taste
olive oil
1 package of mushroom gravy

Directions:
In a pot, boil water. Add salt and garlic powder for taste. While waiting for the water to boil, cut potatoes into thick slices. When the water starts to boil, add potatoes.

Boil a second pot of water to cook your lentils or beans in. Follow directions on package of lentils.

While waiting for the potatoes and lentils to cook, wash and chop the mushrooms and spinach into bite sized pieces.
Add olive oil to a heated pan and add garlic. When fragrant, add the spinach and stir around and immediately take off the heat. You can cook it longer if you wish, I choose not to.

In another pot, make the gravy as per packet directions. 5 minutes to it being done, dump in the mushrooms and let cook.

When the potatoes and lentils are ready, mash the lentils. Mash the potatoes and add a splash of cashew milk until preferred creaminess. Add the lentils and nutritional yeast and add more milk and salt as needed. Add in the garlic spinach and make sure it’s all incorporated.

Scoop mashed potatoes and then add the mushroom gravy on top. Enjoy!

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