I grew up in a family where dinner normally consisted of a meat, vegetable, and potato; it is what I consider a “traditional” meal. I still often cook this way even though my husband thinks it is sort of weird. Let me give you a sneak peek into our marriage and some of our dinners – not that it’s very interesting.
While he doesn’t really eat anything for breakfast, he seems to be an empty pit lunch. In his defense, he runs about 3 miles a day which probably increases his appetite.When making a “traditional” dinner, I usually suggest my family go to – meat, vegetable, and starch of some sort. Bryan will then discourage me from making the potato – saying he doesn’t need it. If I go with his suggestion, I find him snacking while cleaning up dinner – not to mention the late night snacks as well. On the nights I make a starch, he doesn’t snack as much. So – I stand by the starch and say he does probably need it. It is also pretty tricky for me to not eat with him every time he gets up for a snack, especially when he goes for the chocolate. But I digress…
Mashed sweet potatoes are my fave starch. I definitely prefer a sweet potato over a baked potato and the mashing process is easy enough for me to do with any meal.
- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- ½ cup milk (I use skim)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (add more to taste)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (add more to taste)
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut down into chunks. (They will soften faster that way.)
- Bring a pot of water to boil and add the sweet potatoes. Let boil for about 15 minutes or until tender. (If you are cooking more sweet potatoes, it will take longer.)
- Pour into a strainer when potatoes are done then return the potatoes to the pot.
- Mash the potatoes
- Add milk, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Taste and see if you like them a little sweeter.
**Note – most people I know add a little butter into the mix. I personally don’t feel like I am missing anything taste wise without butter but add if you would prefer. ***