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We are thrilled that this recipe was chosen from Dr. L J’s Alkalinity Challenge by Dr. Mercola’s Recipe site!

Nothing screams “comfort food” more than mashed potatoes. Sadly, people tend to go overboard when they add ingredients loaded with trans-fats. Luckily, this Dill Red Creamy Potatoes with Cashew Sour Cream recipe from Dr. LJ’s Natural Wellness (naturalwellnessacademy.org) is here to save the day.

Sprigs of dill and various leafy greens are added not just for extra flavor, but for vitamins and nutrients as well. Instead of gravy, cashew sour cream or tahini sauce (with a spicy kick!) can serve as a partner to this dish, especially if you like your mashed potatoes extra smooth and creamy.

Ingredients:

For Dill Red Creamy Potatoes

  • 4 to 5 small red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh greens (spinach, spring mix, slaw, chopped kale)

For Cashew Sour Cream

  • ½ raw cashews, soaked for 1 to 2 hours
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • Sea salt
  • ½ cup water

For Tahini sauce

  • Couple of tablespoons of tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • Sea salt
  • Cayenne or chili powder

Procedure:

For Dill Red Creamy Potatoes

  1. Fill large salad bowl with combination of greens.
  2. Wash potatoes and poke some holes in them with a fork or knife.
  3. Place water, turmeric, crushed garlic, 1 tsp. sea salt, and coconut oil in a sauce pan. Then, add potatoes and herbs.
  4. Cover and simmer until potatoes are easily mashed with fork for about 20 minutes
  5. Pour over greens, including remaining liquid.
  6. Top with yogurt, sauce, or cashew cream.

For Cashew Sour Cream and Tahini Sauce

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Why Dill Red Creamy Potatoes with Cashew Sour Cream Is Good For You

One of potatoes’ strongest points lie skin deep, literally. Potatoes contain fiber, mainly in the skin, which can aid in relieving constipation and lowering your LDL cholesterol levels. Digestion and absorption of simple sugars are also among its health benefits.

When using potatoes in other dishes, simply season with Himalayan salt or fresh, dried, or powdered herbs. Keep the skins on as well for an added texture. And, don’t forget to eat them in moderation – the high starch content could spell disaster if you consume too much.

Meanwhile, dill has an exceptional number of vitamins and minerals ranging from vitamins A and C, B vitamins, minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and even flavonoid compounds like kaempferol, vicenin, and limonene.  What’s impressive, however, is the presence of essential oils that can help in shielding your body from cancer, and may even stop bacteria from entering  your system.

If you’re adding sour cream to a recipe, always make sure to use organic, grass-fed milk and/or cream. Most milk available nowadays comes from cows that were in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and fed growth hormones and additives. Grass-fed milk is your ideal dairy choice because it comes from cows that were free to roam pasture and have a natural diet that’s not artificial in any way.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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