Lost Weight Eating Mashed Potatoes and Gravy – Week 3

Lost Weight Eating Mashed Potatoes and Gravy – Week 3

Whoever said carbs are “bad” for you apparently has never lost weight eatting mashed potatoes and gravy.  They probably are not on a whole food plant based diet either where eating as much as you want of fruits and vegetables – until full – is normal.  I'm here to tell you that you can lose weight eating healthy carbs.

Superfood Oatmeal Breakfast

In order to get the day started off just right – I love me a hot bowl of oatmeal.  Not only is it filling, but it's tasty, warm, and nutritious.  I remember growing up in Texas where mom always cooked oatmeal for breakfast with raisins scattered throughout.  She had a method to adding the raisins.

You can't just add the raisins on top of the cooked oatmeal.  Oh no.  There's a secret to the raisins.

First you have to add the water to the pot for you oatmeal and then toss the raisins in and let the water come to a boil, then add your oats and cook as per instructions.  Then your raisins will be warm and soft.  Such yummy goodness.

Plant based oatmeal

Once your oatmeal is ready, I add a little bit of honey for sweetness and stir well to spread the amber colored honey throughout the oatmeal.

Next, I add my superfoods of about a tablespoon of chia seeds, a tablespoon of hemp seeds and then top with some fresh organic blueberries.  Did you know chia seeds come from the mint family?  These tiny black seeds having some amazing benefits:

  • Lowers triglycerides and supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart disease
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • High in plant based omega 3s
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Helps to regulate glucose levels
  • Great source of fiber

Buying Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Many years ago when I was learning more and more about nutrition, my cousin would implore me to buy organic.  I realized the health benefits, but my pocket book was saying “no”.

Instead of buying everything organic, I started off slow and bought a few things organic at first, like bananas and corn.  It got to the point where I could taste the difference between organic and conventional foods (sprayed with toxic pesticides) and I began buying more and more organic.

I just tasted better.  More fresh.  Sweeter.  Juicier.

Buy organic

Now I buy almost everything I can organic and have adjusted my budget over time.  My mindset adjusted as well.  Where I thought I couldn't afford it – I could.  I changed my priorities.

So I say to you, if you aren't already buying organic – start!  Just buy a little at a time.  It's so much better for you.  If you're reading this, then you're interested in getting healthy.  Getting healthy also means getting rid of toxic chemicals sprayed on your food.

Buy local.  Find local farmers.  Join a CSA.  There's all kinds of creative ways to buy organic, whole, nutritious, toxic-free food.

Week 3 Weight Loss

It's been 3 weeks now since I fully went whole food plant based.  I wouldn't change it for anything.  I don't even miss meat.

I'm eating more healthy carbs and foods that are filling.  The key is it's whole food and it's plant based.  My stomach feels full.  My mind is alert and it doesn't have that “diet” brain where it's all fuzzy due to lack of carbs.

I'm cooking more but also keeping it simple so that meals are cooked in the Instant Pot so it takes less time.

This week, I lost another 3 lbs for a total weight loss of 11 lbs.

Can you believe I ate mashed potatoes and gravy this week?  Rice?  Bean chili poured over rice?  These are all healthy carbs and contributes to my fullness and not feeling deprived.

Week 3 weight loss

Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy

Now on to the recipe for the mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy that I made in the Instant Pot.  Quick.  Easy.  Delicious!
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy
 
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy that's completed whole food and plant based.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the Mashed Potatoes:
  • 4 medium russet or yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • Salt
  • For the Mushroom Gravy:
  • 16 oz portabella mushrooms
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. For the Mashed Potatoes:
  2. Chop the potatoes into about 8 chunks per potato.
  3. Place into the Instant Pot with the vegetable broth and garlic.
  4. Close the lid per instructions and turn the steam valve to sealed.
  5. Select "Manual" mode/button and change the time to 4 minutes.
  6. Once the Instant Pot beeps that the 4 minute cooking cycle is complete, take a towel over your hand and move the pressure valve to "venting" and allow the pressure valve to come down until now steam is coming from valve.
  7. Carefully open the lid.
  8. Mash the potatoes with a masher or a hand blender and add soy milk to your liking as you mash.
  9. Add salt to taste.
  10. Transfer mashed potatoes to a separate bowl and clean out the Instant Pot to use for the mushroom gravy.
  11. For the Mushroom Gravy:
  12. Place all ingredients in your Instant Pot.
  13. Close the lid per instructions and turn the steam valve to sealed.
  14. Select "Manual" mode/button and change the time to 4 minutes.
  15. Once the Instant Pot beeps that the 4 minute cooking cycle is complete, take a towel over your hand and move the pressure valve to "venting" and allow the pressure valve to come down until now steam is coming from valve.
  16. Carefully open the lid.
  17. You can thicken the sauce by turning the Instant Pot to saute mode and letting it come to a boil with the lid off.
  18. Combine ¼ of water or juice from gravy with 2-3 T of corn starch or flour, and when the gravy is boiling, add the mixture.
  19. Stir well and let cook for 1 minute.
  20. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Are you eating a whole food plant based diet?  If so, tell me how you're doing below in the comments.