Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

When Hector & I where still living in Grand Rapids, we had our good friends Angie & David over for dinner & I made my Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. For some reason the potatoes where lacking a little bit of flavor. I am not sure why, maybe because I usually only buy organic potatoes and this time I was unable to buy organic because the store was out. Anyways, the potatoes needed something a little extra.

I looked inside the fridge, hoping that something would inspire me. I had picked up a container of Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese when I was on the other side of the state earlier in the month. Thank goodness for my Rachael Ray insultated tote bag! I have used this bag so much; definitely a great purchase! It really does keep food insulated for hours. I thought that adding the cream cheese would add a nice richness. I started with just a small amount of the cream cheese, adding more until it reached a creamy texture and tasted delicious!

Trader Joe's Vegan Cream Cheese

Trader Joe's Vegan Cream Cheese

Angie, who isn’t vegan, was so surprised by the texture and taste of these potatoes. The cream cheese was able to add a little something extra; transforming regular mashed potatoes into something a little more decedent. Some Vegans shy away from using “imitation” or processed vegan cheese products. I don’t use them on a regular basis, but I believe that certain times call for using these products. These Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes would be great to serve around the holidays, which will be here before we know it.

This recipe for the Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes was inspired by those potatoes that I had made a few months ago. It is quite easy to prepare. You start with adding the potatoes, water, and coconut oil to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on low and cook the potatoes for about 3-4 hours, or until they are tender.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Once the potatoes are nice and tender, use a slotted spoon and carefully transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add the warmed almond milk and softened cream cheese to the potato mixture. Add in the salt, adjust according to your taste. The cream cheese is a little salty, so you might not need to add in the much salt.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Mix the potatoes with a potato masher until everything is throughly mixed. By leaving the potato skins on, it gives the mashed potatoes a really nice texture, which pairs nicely with the smooth cream cheese.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Comfort
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Serves: 6
 
Vegan Cream Cheese add richness and decadence to Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. Perfect for serving at family gatherings and holidays.
Ingredients
  • 3 Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, preferably organic, scrubbed and cleaned
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 3 Tablespoon Refined Coconut Oil
  • 4 oz. {half a tub} Vegan Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ Almond Milk, warmed
  • ¼-1/2 Tsp Salt, or to taste.
Instructions
  1. Cut the potatoes in half. Add them to the slow cooker. Add in the water and coconut oil. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 3-4 hours, or until the potatoes are nice an tender.
  2. When the potatoes are done, carefully use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the warmed almond milk and softened cream cheese. Add a little bit of salt.
  4. Use a potato masher and mash everything together until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings. The cream cheese is a little salty, so you might not need to add too much more.
  5. Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes Do you have a favorite Vegan Cheese Product that you like to keep on hand?
I’d love to hear about it!
XOXO
Jeni

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Yule Love It Lavender Farm| July 2014

After having such a wonderful time last year at Yule Love It Lavender Farm in Leonard, Michigan, my Mom and I decided to go again this year. We went the last weekend of July, just like we had done last year. We obivously knew that we were going on the closing day for the season; however, we were shocked to learn that it was the closing weekend forever!

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

My Mom and I couldn’t believe that the Lavender Farm was closing forever. We were so excited to have found a hidden local gem. The owner, Farmer Iris, informed us that due to farm bill that was passed earlier this year, she can no longer have her lavender farm. She also mentioned that her neighbors where giving her a hard time about people coming in and out. It is really a shame to see someone so passionate about local farming and food no longer do something that they love.

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

We took the farm tour with Iris a little after 10 AM. We learned about planting lavender and the history of the farm. Iris also discussed her passion for food advocacy. With the lavender farm closing, Iris will continue her work for food advocacy and the local food movement.

Yule Love It Lavender Farm Tour

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

The tour lasted a little longer than normal because Iris kindly showed us around the rest of the farm. I was really excited to see her compost piles!

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

After the tour, we went out into the field and picked the beautiful lavender. While we were on the tour, the farm became really crowded! Word must of gotten out that it was the closing weekend. It was amazing to see a large turnout for the closing day. I have found that picking lavender is very thereapedic and good for the soul.

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

After were done picking the lavender, there was a talk about fermented foods. I am really interested in learning about fermented foods, so I was excited to hear what the local speaker had to say about incorporating more fermented foods into your diet.

Fermentation Presentation

We learned about how to make your own kombucha- something that I have been curious about for awhile. I am hoping to start making my own after we move to Mexico. The speaker also talked about making your own kimchi and sauerkraut. I have been trying to incorporate more fermented foods into my diet, especially after my gall bladder surgery last Fall. She also brought lots of samples of fermented foods. My favorite sample was the kombucha!

I am really sad to see Yule Love It Lavender Farm closing. I am glad that my Mom and I where able to go twice. It was a wonderful experience; a local gem that will be truly missed.

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

XO
Jeni