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By Debra Samuels

Boston Globe, April 1, 2009

As Lexington resident Norma Currie explains it, she and her siblings did what many children do: “None of us would eat our vegetables,” she says. But their mother was smarter than her kids. She cooked the vegetables and mashed them with potatoes. “And we loved them,” says Currie, who still makes various versions of the spuds today. Sometimes it accompanies roast chicken or other meats and fish. It’s a good way to have your mashed potatoes with less guilt and fewer calories. Carrots add volume and sweetness and their vitamins, of course. Spinach and mashed is another winning combination. Add rinsed spinach leaves to the hot potato water after cooking. Cover the pot and let the spinach sit for 2 minutes. The heat of the water softens the leaves, but they keep their vibrant green color.

Mashed potatoes with carrots
Serves 4

Salt and pepper, to taste
3 medium Yukon Gold or Yellow Finn potatoes (about 3/4 pound), peeled and quartered
2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch rounds
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
In a saucepan of boiling salted water, combine the potatoes and carrots and turn the heat to medium high. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender when pierced with a skewer.

1 Drain the vegetables and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter and milk. Mash with a potato masher until the mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper

Mashed potatoes with spinach
Serves 4

Salt and pepper, to taste
3 medium potatoes (about 3/4 pound), peeled and quartered
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk

1 In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a skewer.

2 Turn off the heat and add the spinach. Cover and set aside for 2 minutes until the spinach wilts but is still bright green.

3 Drain the vegetables and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter and milk. Mash with a potato masher until the mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper.
Adapted from Norma Currie

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2009/04/01/mashed_potatoes_with_carrots/

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