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.

Duh.

Goat cheese spinach mashed sweet potatoes
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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. Goat cheese is also great stirred into some creamy grits for another side dish option.

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.

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Goat Cheese Spinach Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 154mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
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  1. 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 :)

  2. Oh man, this recipe looks amazing!!!

    I’ve just added it to my recipe roundup so others can have it too.

    Thanks!

    amelia from hks

  3. I just recently found your site and what a great recipe! We modified with purple majesty sweet potatoes, kale instead of spinach, a mix of mozzarella and smoked farmers cheese (the goat cheese we thought we had went bad– boo!), and the savory addition of garlic (goes with everything!). The result was a brilliant purple mash of tasty goodness and the smoked flavor of the cheese really created a unique additional flavor. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Those sound like great modifications! I love purple potatoes if for nothing else but their color :)

  4. ok all jokes aside, can you please come be my personal chef? I’ll pay and let you take pictures of your food all day long.

  5. Anything with both sweet potatoes and goat cheese in it is right up my alley… toss in some spinach, and I’m sold ;).

  6. I bet these would be even better the next day crisped up and served as a sweet potato cake with a poached egg. Assuming there were leftovers of course.

  7. Awesome! I almost always mix a ton of spinach into regular mashed potatoes, I don’t know why I didn’t think to put it in sweet potatoes. Loooooove the shallots and goat cheese too :D