Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food, and they don’t need tons of butter or cream to taste great. These maple (turkey) bacon potatoes make a delicious, flavorful side dish without too much added fat. Substitute sweet potatoes for regular potatoes to boost your intake of vitamins, iron, magnesium, and potassium.

Maple Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, September 2012 

4 large potatoes (or 2 pounds)
1 tbsp. softened butter or margarine
2 tbsp. fat-free milk
1 tbsp. light maple syrup
2-3 slices cooked turkey bacon

Rinse potatoes and pierce with a fork several times on each side.

Wrap each potato in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 8 minutes, turning halfway through. When cooled, cut potatoes in half, scoop pulp into a bowl and mash.

Stir in butter, milk and maple syrup and mash until desired texture is reached. Crumble turkey bacon on top and serve.

Photo credit: Christie Fassold