Family Table Comfort Food

Chicken and Mashed Potatoes are always a good family comfort food.

Here I’m sharing how to make these chicken and potatoes in a way that will be comforting and even detoxing and cleansing to the body at the same time.  Win! Win!

When you’re trying to replace sweet potatoes for white potatoes in your family’s diet you can meet some resistance from your family.

Especially when you have picky eaters in the house.

Picky eaters are picky for different reasons and sometimes it can just be the color of a food that’s a turn off.

If you’ve tried giving your picky eater orange sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and they didn’t go for it… try this.

Try using a white colored sweet potatoes in your favorite mashed potato recipe.


These white sweet potatoes have a purple colored skin and are called Japanese Sweet Potatoes.

You can read and see pictures of other different sweet potatoes in this article at Paleo Magazine.


Vitamix is my favorite high power blender.  I’m sure other brands are great too, but I couldn’t really tell you because I’ve never needed to replace my Vitamix.  I got mine at Costco but you can also get it here.

I’m showing you my Vitamix because I made a substitute for canned full fat coconut milk in it.

This recipe calls for full fat coconut milk and sometimes I like to change things up and I “try” to avoid cans as much as possible.

I found this boxed organic creamed coconut at my local Mother’s Market.

I like it because:

it’s not canned

it takes up less space in my pantry

it has 1 ingredient; organic coconut

All I did was mixed it with water in my high powered Vitamix.

Another item I like to have stocked in my kitchen is pure 100% organic lemon juice.

I like it because:

I can keep it stocked in my refrigerator as a back up to fresh lemons

It saves me time having to squeeze lemons and strain the seeds

I found this bottle in a two pack at my local Costco.

To save lot of money on organic chicken, I will buy 2 whole chickens, cut the pieces and store them in glass containers by cuts.

Cuts of chicken are always more expensive per pound than a whole chicken.


My Vitamix was too deep to mix the pesto, so I used a motar and pestle.
Plus, a little bit of manual labor helps you burn more calories 😉

I used a big Mexican molcajete.  I love it because it’s part of my Mexican heritage.
But if I didn’t have this one, I’d use a smaller motar and pestle made out of marble like this one here.



Cooking with fresh herbs and spices always taste better.  But dried organic herbs and spices are practical to have on hand and can always be used in a recipe.

Using oregano in this recipe gives you detoxing benefits:

“Oregano has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal

Oregano helps with Immune support and even helps upper respiratory infections by helping to get rid of unwanted phlegm in your lungs.” – Dr. Mercola


I did not peel my sweet potatoes.  But, if you have picky eaters, I recommend you peel them, so that they look more like white mashed potatoes.

I used my Vitamix again.  This time to whip up the mashed sweet potatoes.

I personally like the color and extra fiber that the Japanese Sweet Potato peel has.
Don’t you think these mashed potatoes look pretty?



Cooking your chicken with the basil pesto gives this dish even more detoxing power.

Basil actually has antibacterial properties.

Doesn’t a detox and cleanse while eating comfort food sound so good to you?!! … Me too!


My kids ate up the chicken and passed on the herbed mashed sweet potatoes. – You win some, you lose some.

Remember, eating healthy is about trying new things and taking baby steps.

Do what works for you and ditch what doesn’t!

Next time, I’ll still make the sweet potatoes but I’ll pull out some scoops for the kids and then whip up the rest of the batch with the oregano and thyme for me and my husband.


Pesto Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Chicken and Mashed Potatoes are always a good family comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
4people 10 minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4people 10 minutes
Cook Time
  1. In a blender, blend the first 4 ingredients (lemon juice through salt and pepper) until smooth.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat coconut oil. To the skillet, add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, until brown. To the chicken, add the pesto and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  3. In a mixer, blend the remaining ingredients (sweet potatoes through garlic) until smooth.
  4. Serve chicken with mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

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I’m going to use orange sweet potatoes next time.  Because our whole family loves them and the orange color will look much prettier than the original all white looking plate I made here 😉

What color sweet potatoes would you use in this recipe?

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