When diagnosed with kidney disease, you may feel overwhelmed with all the foods you have been told you can no longer eat. It can be hard finding meals and recipes that taste good and still support your kidney health! As a kidney dietitian, one of the recipes I get asked about the most is dairy free mashed potatoes. Yes, you can still eat potatoes when you have kidney disease. Today, I’m sharing my favorite dairy free mashed potato recipe for you to try!Jump to Recipe
The reason you may hear potatoes are “bad” for those with kidney disease is because they are high in potassium. However, it is important to note that just because you’ve been diagnosed with kidney disease does not mean that you have to be on a potassium restriction. If you do, in fact, have to be on a potassium restricted diet, then there are ways to reduce your potassium and still enjoy mashed potatoes. Two ways to do this is by double boiling them to remove potassium from the potatoes and to choose a dairy free milk to reduce potassium in the recipe.
The double boil method is a great technique for removing some of the potassium in your potatoes! The double boil method can remove up to 50-75% of the potassium from your potatoes. You’ll first want to rinse, peel and dice the potatoes. Then, you will boil the potatoes for 5-10 minutes. Once that’s done, you will rinse the potatoes again, add new water to the pot and boil again for another 5-10 minutes.
I chose unsweetened cashew milk because it is lower in potassium than regular dairy milk. For example, one cup of Silk unsweetened cashew milk has 0 mg of potassium & 1 cup of Elmhurst cashew milk has 150 mg of potassium whereas 2% milk has around 400 mg of potassium.
Rinse, peel, dice potatoes in quarters or smaller
Boil the potatoes for 5-10 minutes in a large stockpot
Rinse the potatoes again, add new water to the stockpot, and boil again in new water for another 5-10 minutes.
Drain water and place potatoes in a large bowl. Add cashew milk, oil, and black pepper.
Mash the potatoes with the other ingredients with a hand mixer or potato masher. Stir until well combined.
Top with parsley and chives.
You may store the potatoes in the refrigerator by placing them in a large bowl and covering with plastic wrap or an air-tight lid. They will hold for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, poke holes in the plastic wrap or loosen the lid from the bowl and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. You could also reheat on the stovetop by placing potatoes and a little water or cashew milk in a pot. Cook on medium high heat until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
•180 calories, 3 gm protein, 20 mg sodium, 300-350 mg potassium, 2 gm fiber
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Could I use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe instead of Cashew Milk.
can’t find cashew milk, would almond milk work, or what other substitution would you suggest?
Hi Jill! Great question. Yes, almond milk would work too. You can use any non-dairy milk that you like and that fits your nutrient needs. I prefer cashew milk because it makes it extra creamy.
I peel and thinly slice the potatoes and bring to a rolling boil, rinse thoroughly in a colander, cover with fresh water, and boil about 10 minutes, and then rinse again in hot water in a colander. Am I not accomplishing the same thing? I was not taught to boil the first time for 5-10 minutes. Do I need to change my method?
Hi Mary Jane! Great question. Yes, I would change your method and boil for 10 minutes the first time as well. This will help to reduce the potassium by 50-75%.
Perhaps an obvious question, but would this double boiling would apply to whole potatoes.
I have been advised by my Nephrologist that I should avoid potatoes and tomatoes because of high Potassium. I do not now eat either very often. I like both, especially tomatoes in cooking.
Hi Michael! Great question. Yes, you can use this on whole potatoes but it is typically more effective if the potatoes are cut. Double boiling can be used on any type of potato to help reduce the potassium by 50-75%. Double boiling hasn’t been shown to be helpful with reducing the potassium content of tomatoes.