Rachel’s Cinco de Mayo Papas Verdes | Contributing Columnist

San Francisco-based painter, eco-fashion designer, performance-artist and food-lover Rachel Znerold makes a living by making art. She approaches cooking with the same joyful and free-spirited hand that she does her creative work. Passionate about beautiful, locally-grown foods, Rachel is an enthusiastic member of the Clean-Plate Club—especially when it’s filled with vibrant, colorful fruits and veggies. Check out her artwork and designs at rachelzart.com.

Inside a tiny corner market in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, I gazed up-and-down the store’s two colorful aisles, knowing the odds were slim (okay, nil) that I’d spot soymilk or Earth Balance–still, perhaps out of habit, I felt compelled to look. My fiancée, Scott, and I were excited to prepare dinner in the kitchen of our luxurious, hillside villa and were craving mashed potatoes. (Typical Americans.)

Armed with beautiful red potatoes, gorgeous green onions, and avocados aplenty, I was up for a bit of kitchen experimentation. I ended up whipping together these delicious Papas Verdes (Green Potatoes)  and served them alongside a heap of bright, local broccoli. This is one impromptu recipe I’ll be taking back home to San Francisco with me!

 Papas Verdes

  • Red Potatoes, 4-6
  • Avocados, 2
  • Olive Oil, Splash
  • Green Onions, 1/2 cup diced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Boil potatoes. Pit and dice avocados. Sauté green onion a few minutes until browned. With a large fork, mash the potatoes, avocado and green onions together. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy! (Even better served cold the next morning for breakfast. Cerveza nonoptional.)

Question: Do you have a secret, offbeat mashed potato dish? Mine’s nowhere as adventurous as Rachel’s, but it’s just as simple to prepare: Blend boiled tubers with a splash of oat (or any other non-dairy) milk, handful of nutritional yeast, minced clove of garlic, lots of hot cayenne pepper, and salt. What’s your nontraditional twist on this classic dish? xoxo, abs

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