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Goat Cheese and Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy side dish for dinner.

Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes

Yesterday while starring at a PowerPoint presentation about capital spending on college campuses, I started thinking about sweet potatoes.

Because obviously there’s a correlation between $/gross square foot spent on college buildings and my side dish for dinner.


Goat cheese spinach mashed sweet potatoes

There are certain things that I always have on hand.

Wrinkly sweet potatoes on the verge of going soft (ha!), baby spinach (which my little Asian produce market spells “spinage” on the plastic box it comes in), goat cheese and this plastic baggy of dried thyme that I’ve had well over a year for the sole reason that I have severe issues throwing things out.

I eat them all individually, but why not mashed together to make a creamy, veggie filled side dish?

Goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes

Add in some sautéed shallots for some extra flavor and this was the perfect side to the filet mignon we ate last night for dinner.

Basically, I did a Valentine’s dinner a day late and I think it tasted even better than it would’ve on Valentine’s Day simply because I spent 24 hours dreaming about it after seeing too many pictures of other people’s delicious filet dinners.

A juicy, medium rare filet (or balsamic dijon crusted tenderloin) is exactly why I could absolutely never be a vegetarian.

It’s all that’s right in this world in one perfect forkful.

Goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes with spinach

These mashed sweet potatoes are creamy from the goat cheese and yet sweet from the shallots.

You don’t even know the spinach is there except for it’s texture so it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greenery.

Spinach and goat cheese mashed sweet potatoes

Could you eat this alongside tofu or tempeh?

Sure…I guess.

But if you eat meat, go splurge on the best cut you can find and get this on your dinner table with it.

Or, go the comfort food route and serve this alongside the best bomb meatloaf recipe.

Wine is mandatory optional.

Prefer white potatoes? These garlic Greek yogurt mashed potatoes are excellent too.

How about purple potatoes? Try these stunning mashed purple sweet potatoes with the easy herb butter sauce that comes with them. Delicious!

Or, mashed rutabaga, creamy cauliflower pumpkin mash and carrot parsnip puree are all great lower-carb options with the same mashed comfort food vibe.

Goat Cheese Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy side dish for dinner.
4.3 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach finely chopped
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-3 sprigs of dried or fresh thyme


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with sweet potatoes in it and cook for about 15 minutes until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  • While potatoes cook, saute shallots with olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat until softened and just starting the brown (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Combine cooked potatoes, sauteed shallots, spinach, goat cheese, milk and thyme if using in a medium bowl.
  • Mash together with a potato masher or fork until well combined.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste and mash again.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 154mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Side Dishes
Keyword goat cheese spinach mashed sweet potatoes, spinach mashed sweet potatoes


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Monday 5th of March 2012

this looks fantastic! I am out of goat cheese, but I'm going to try this tonight using some Romano. Can't wait! thanks for the dinner inspiration :)