The Happy Plate

February 21st, 2010

This plate of food makes me smile. It is a happy plate. It is happy because David did most of the cooking. And it is happy because it is full of good tasting and good for you foods. David is a terrific grill cook and he is great with both salmon and vegetables. I love the vibrant colors of grilled vegies. He brushed them with a little olive oil and let the grill do it’s work. I love the char on the onions and the grill marks on the zucchini.

The only thing I cooked were the mashed potatoes. I tried a new recipe from Ellie Krieger. It came from her new book So Easy. She is known for her healthy cooking and is a nutritionist and host of Healthy Appetite on the Food Network, when looking for ways to boost your nutrition, here you can find out about where to get supplements to boost your body. I was a little skeptical of these garlic mashed potatoes at first. There is no butter, cream or milk in them. But according to Ellie, Yukon Gold potatoes have a luxurious texture and a natural creaminess on their own. She is right and these are now one of my favorite recipes for garlic mashed potatoes. Give them a try and get happy.

1 1/4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, left unpeeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 large cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place the potatoes and garlic in a steamer basket fitted over a large pot of boiling water. Cover and steam until the potatoes are knife-tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Warm the chicken broth in a small saucepan on the stove or in a glass container in the microwave. Remove the steamer basket and drain the water from the large pot. Transfer the potatoes and garlic to the pot, add the oil, salt, and broth and mash until smooth.

6 responses to “The Happy Plate”

  1. Grilled food!!! After this long snowy winter, I am really looking forward to grilling and eating out doors. You food looks wonderfully yummy! I have been thinking about getting Ellie’s cookbook. Would you recommend it?

  2. I am looking forward to more grilling soon too. Looks yummy!

  3. Lyla says:

    Thanks for making me happy!

  4. Penny, looks like David is a “master griller” and the garlic mash potatoes are a hit, too. You two make a happy plate indeed!

  5. Katy ~ says:

    A very happy plate, without argument! You two really cook!

  6. Karen says:

    Oh, I can’t wait for garden veggies and grilling weather! This looks delicious and no milk in the potatoes? I’m going to have to try that!

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