Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli

With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Sometimes a side dish is so good you can make a whole meal out of it. Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli is that kind of dish. With a soft and creamy middle and a crispy, herb and garlic flavoured outside, these potatoes are de-lic-ious.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

If you haven’t cooked with red potatoes before, they’re awesome. Not only do they have a vibrant red colour, but they have this waxy, creamy, perfect potato texture.

When buying them at the supermarket, you may find that they’re called “new potatoes.” If they’re red and small, you have the right ones. Calling them “new” simply means that they were harvested before reaching maturity.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Now comes the fun part! Once the potatoes are boiled, they’re ready to mash. With a large fork or potato masher, flatten the potatoes. Try not to press too hard, or they may fall apart. You want them to be flat but still in one piece.

With a drizzle of oil, garlic, thyme and parsley, your potatoes are ready to bake. Only a little bit of oil is needed to help give them those crave-worthy, crispy edges.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

I love adding sauces and this dish is no different. With or without the aioli, these potatoes are yummy. But when you add a buttery aioli, it enhances the creamy potatoes, making them even more scrumptious.

Traditionally, aioli is made with a lot of oil, garlic and egg yolk. This skinnier version uses Greek yogurt instead of oil. It gives the sauce a creamy base, without all the fat. Adding a little mayonnaise mimics the egg yolk flavour and lemon, garlic, paprika, and saffron completes the sauce. In the end, you have a floral, crave-worthy sauce, perfect for crispy smashed potatoes.

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.com

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Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli -- With perfectly crispy edges and a fluffy potato inside, these savoury garlic potatoes are the perfect side dish. | thishappymommy.comLooking for the perfect side dish? With a creamy, tender middle and a crisp and crunchy outside, these potatoes are a tasty addition to any meal. Serve it up with a skinny aioli and this dish is sure to impress.

Creamy Saffron Aioli Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon oil (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Crispy Potato Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley, dried

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain and cool potatoes under cold water.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. Place potatoes on baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  4. Using a potato masher or a fork, carefully flatten potatoes until they are smashed, but still in one piece.
  5. In a small bowl combine oil, garlic, thyme and parsley. Drizzle mixture onto potatoes.
  6. Bake potatoes for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. In a small saucepan, boil 1 tablespoon of water. Remove from heat and add saffron. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  8. Mix in Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and paprika. Cover and chill.
  9. Serve with saffron aioli and enjoy!

Note: If you prefer a light taste of oil, you can add a teaspoon for a more authentic flavour.

If you love potatoes, you may also enjoy Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet Potato Chili

If you enjoy food with dips or sauces, you may also enjoy Corn Muffins with Creamy Lime Sauce

Corn Muffins with Creamy Lime Sauce

Panko Crusted Eggplant Parmesan

Panko Crusted Eggplant Parmesan

Salmon with Avocado Basil Sauce

Salmon with Avocado Basil Sauce

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Greek Yogurt French Salad Dressing

Greek Yogurt French Salad Dressing

Have you tried Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Saffron Aioli? What’s your favourite side dish meal?

Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta

Creamy, cheesy pasta casserole with a hint of sun-dried tomato flavour.

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Sometimes you just want a big bowl of comfort food. It’s rich, delicious and oh so crave-worthy. With perfectly cooked al dente noodles and a creamy, cheesy sauce, Cheesy Sun-Dried Tomato Baked Pasta can melt your cravings away.

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With a tasty twist on macaroni and cheese, this casserole incorporates penne noodles, dried herbs and sun-dried tomatoes. By enhancing the savoury flavours, this cheesy pasta is even more delectable. For an additional pop of flavour, add some red pepper flakes for an instant flavourful pizzazz.

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While some comfort food is definitely winter food, this dish can be enjoyed any time of the year. With a tasty mix of lower fat ingredients, you can indulge in your cravings without neglecting your healthy eating.

The sauce is a combination of low fat cottage cheese, cheddar cheese and egg whites. Together they create a rich sauce that tastes wonderfully cheesy, without being too fatty. Cottage cheese enhances the creamy texture of the sauce and adds a subtle cheesy flavour. While egg whites add a rich, almost buttery flavour. Continue reading

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

Refreshing quinoa salad with strawberries, blueberries and roasted almond slices.

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

Summertime is a busy time. Especially when the end of July arrives and we celebrate my husband’s and daughter’s birthday. With about a week and a half between the two days, it feels like birthday season in our house.

Last weekend was my daughter’s third birthday and we whipped up some Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes. This weekend we celebrated with her friends.

Turning three was a whole new experience for us. My daughter helped with every aspect of party planning, from designing the invitations to choosing the music and even the menu. While cake, pizza, and fruit are always birthday party staples for us, I also wanted to include some healthier options, like fish-shaped cream cheese sandwiches, Miso Caesar Salad and Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad.

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is such a versatile grain. It’s like the little black dress of healthy grains. You can make it savoury or sweet, depending on how you prepare it. Pair it with berries, beans or even fish. There are endless ways to enjoy this super food. No wonder it’s so popular these days.

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

With a tasty combination of summer berries, roasted almonds and a honey-sweetened lemon dressing, Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad salad just screams summer. But what makes this salad extra tasty is one very special ingredient, vegetable broth.

Sure, it’s a great base for soups and stews, but vegetable broth also makes perfect quinoa. It adds an element of flavour that you just don’t get when you cook with water. The broth infuses the grain with a wonderfully hearty flavour that adds a savoury element to this fruit-filled salad.

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad is super easy to make. And it’s the perfect make-ahead dish. You can have the berries chopped in one container, the quinoa in another, and the roasted almonds in the smallest one. Even the dressing can be made ahead of time. In fact, the dressing just gets better with time.

On the first day the  lemon juice, water, honey, mint and Dijon mustard, have a fresh lemony flavour. But by the second and third day, the mint infuses the dressing, making it even more refreshing.

Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad

Whether you make Berry Nutty Quinoa Salad ahead of time or not, when it’s time to serve, everyone will love this crowd-pleasing dish.

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Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad

Rich and creamy basil balsamic salad dressing made with avocado instead of olive oil.

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When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, I crave a big bowl of salad. There’s nothing like crunchy lettuce covered with a deliciously creamy salad dressing. It’s the epitome of summertime comfort food.

Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad is definitely that. With a tasty mix of avocado and basil, this richly flavoured salad dressing makes one crave-worthy meal.

Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad -- Rich and creamy basil balsamic salad dressing made with avocados instead of olive oil. | thishappymommy.com

Lightly sweetened with maple syrup, Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad has the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and tart. When it’s added to a salad with sautéed mushrooms and roasted red peppers, it amplifies the flavours of the dressing, making this one tasty salad.

Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad -- Rich and creamy basil balsamic salad dressing made with avocados instead of olive oil. | thishappymommy.com

With a mix of fresh flavours, Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad tastes like a summer’s day. The combination of avocado, basil, maple syrup, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and garlic create a wonderfully complex flavoured dressing. The avocado and balsamic vinegar have an almost oil and vinegar type flavour. Avocado adds a delicious richness without adding excess fat or calories.

Lemon juice amplifies the fresh flavours and adds a delicious tart taste. While the maple syrup sweetens the dressing and balances the tart lemon flavour. Lastly, the Dijon mustard and garlic rounds out the dressing, making this one awesome salad.

Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad -- Rich and creamy basil balsamic salad dressing made with avocados instead of olive oil. | thishappymommy.com

If you’re feeling extra hungry, top the salad off with baked salmon or grilled chicken. Whichever way you serve it, Sweet Avocado Basil Balsamic Salad is a fresh, flavourful meal.

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Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes

Fluffy and moist homemade vanilla cupcakes, perfect for any occasion.

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes -- Fluffy and moist homemade vanilla cupcakes, perfect for any occasion. | thishappymommy.com

Sometimes it feels like time flashes in the blink of an eye. That’s how I felt this weekend when my daughter turned three years old. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow my little baby turned into a full fledged toddler.

When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday, she said, “Cupcakes! Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes!” These treats are definitely that. With a light, fluffy and deliciously moist texture, these cupcakes are a real hit!

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Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes are bursting with vanilla flavour. Each cupcake is made with a triple dose of vanilla – vanilla extract, fat free vanilla Greek yogurt and vanilla flavoured cream cheese frosting. Yum!

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes -- Fluffy and moist homemade vanilla cupcakes, perfect for any occasion. | thishappymommy.com

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes -- Fluffy and moist homemade vanilla cupcakes, perfect for any occasion. | thishappymommy.com

Ditch the boxed cake mix! Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes are literally a piece of cake to make. They taste so much better than the boxed varieties and they’re healthier. Made without butter or oil, these cupcakes are much lower in fat. But no one will taste the difference. Indulge in a cupcake without all the guilt.

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes -- Fluffy and moist homemade vanilla cupcakes, perfect for any occasion. | thishappymommy.com

Not only are these cupcakes delicious, they are simple for anyone to decorate. Top them with vanilla cream cheese icing or your favourite frosting. Then add some sprinkles or chocolate chips. Any way you decorate them, these cupcakes are a tasty delight.

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Creamy Avocado Spinach Pesto

Rich and creamy pesto pasta with a wonderful nutty bite of flavour.

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I love pesto. With a mix of fabulously fresh flavours, it tastes great on anything. From pizza to pasta and chicken to fish, pesto is super versatile. Plus, you can make it with almost anything. Try it with sundried tomatoesbasil or avocados. Anyway way you make it, pesto is a quick, easy and crave-worthy sauce.

Rich and creamy pesto pasta with a wonderful nutty bite of flavour. | thishappymommy.com

Rich and creamy pesto pasta with a wonderful nutty bite of flavour. | thishappymommy.com

Traditional pesto sauce has a real nutty taste. To replicate that, Creamy Avocado Spinach Pesto is made with toasted almonds. Roasting the almonds enhances the nutty flavour, which permeates through the whole sauce. When it’s combined with avocados, spinach, basil, garlic, lemon and cottage cheese, you have a perfectly creamy sauce with an unbelievable nutty crunch.

Rich and creamy pesto pasta with a wonderful nutty bite of flavour. | thishappymommy.com

When the sauce is done, sautéed mushroom and chopped tomatoes are added to the pasta. They add texture, colour, but most importantly flavour. The mushrooms enhance the creaminess of the sauce, while the tomatoes add a subtle sweet touch.

Rich and creamy pesto pasta with a wonderful nutty bite of flavour. | thishappymommy.com

If you have any left over, Creamy Avocado Spinach Pesto lasts for three days in the fridge (maybe longer!). The combination of ingredients stops the avocados from turning brown. So you can enjoy the fresh flavour for many days to come.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Naturally sweetened banana bread filled with peanut butter and melted chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread -- Naturally sweetened banana bread filled with peanut butter and melted chocolate chips. | thishappymommy.com

Summertime is such a busy time of year. Between time with friends and out-of-town relatives, it feels like we’re hardly home. With all the time away, things can get a little forgotten. For us, it was a few sad bananas on the kitchen counter.

Parts of the bananas were still yellow, but most of the peel was covered with dark brown spots. “Yuck!” My two-year-old daughter would say. No one wanted to eat these bananas anymore. Instead of letting them go to waste, I decided to turn them into something delicious. Bread!

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Whether you’re using sad leftover bananas or perfectly ripe ones, Peanut Butter Banana Bread is truly delicious. Oozing with a rich peanut butter and banana flavour with a sprinkling of chocolate chips throughout, you can’t help but fall in love with every bite of this bread.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread -- Naturally sweetened banana bread filled with peanut butter and melted chocolate chips. | thishappymommy.com

If you’ve ever enjoyed a peanut butter and banana sandwich, this is the bread for you. Instead of spreading the peanut butter over the bread and covering it with chunks of bananas, Peanut Butter Banana Bread batter is filled with these two delicious ingredients. The banana keeps the bread moist while the peanut butter adds a savoury pop of flavour. Yum!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread -- Naturally sweetened banana bread filled with peanut butter and melted chocolate chips. | thishappymommy.com

Peanut Butter Banana Bread lasts for three days on the counter and up to five days in the fridge. On the first day, the bread has a wonderfully balanced peanut butter and banana flavour. By the second day, the banana sweetness intensifies. And by the third, every bite of this bread is swimming in mouthwatering banana yumminess. It just keeps getting better and better. Whether you enjoy this bread on day one or day five, Peanut Butter Banana Bread has a wonderful mix of crave-worthy flavours, making it one yummy treat.

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