Mash has got to be the ultimate comfort food, but stodgy mashed potatoes can leave you feeling bloated and tinged with guilt.
My skinny garlic mash uses crushed white beans to create the mash-like texture, drizzled with olive oil and a generous amount of garlic. I was introduced to skinny mash by a friend and I genuinely think I now prefer it to mashed potatoes. Plus, it is surprisingly filling and full of nutrious beany benefits such as being full of protein and helping to lower cholesterol.
One of my favourite suppers ever is a juicy sirloin steak served with lots of skinny garlic mash. It takes minutes to make and is packed full of protein to leave you feeling fuller for longer.
- 2 tins of butter beans ( or any white bean will do)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- Heat the olive oil in a pan on the hob, and then throw in your crushed garlic.If you aren't lucky enough to have a garlic crusher - sprinkle some salt on the garlic and it will make it easier to crush it with the tip of your knife.
- Watch the garlic, you don't want it to burn.
- Open and drain your beans and give them a quick rinse.
- Then throw them in with your garlic and olive oil, give them a good stir and then let them cook for 2 minutes or so.
- Take a wooden spoon and smoosh the beans until they resemble mashed potato.
- Taste first and then season with Maldon salt and pepper (some beans are already salted).
- Serve with pan fried steak, roast chicken, sausages...or anything you would normally serve mashed potato with and feel virtuous in the process.