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20 Tasty Ways To Have Mashed Potatoes. #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

20 Tasty Ways To Have Mashed Potatoes. #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

Mashed potatoes seem to always be a favorite side dish on a lot of people’s dinner tables. But in the past few years mashed potatoes have seemed to lose their luster due to the endless variety of boxed and bagged instant potatoes that clutter shelves at your local grocery store.  If you are looking to ditch the box for dinner tonight and experience a taste that you may not have had in awhile, you definitely have to check out these recipes for some amazing mashed potatoes.

1. Ultimate Slow Cooker Potatoes

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    A classic style of mashed potatoes. If you have the time to make them this way, I highly recommend it!

    2. Chipotle and Cilantro Mashed Potatoes 

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      Mashed Potatoes with a Mexican-style influence to them.  If you like a little spice, this recipe is worth a shot.

      3. Veggie Mash

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        This delightful dish is perfect for vegetarians, or people looking for a low calorie recipe.

        4. Smoky Mashed Potatoes

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          This dish is chock full of flavor.  A good recipe to check out if you have a lot of left over mashed potatoes, since it doesn’t necessarily call for freshly mashed potatoes.

           5. Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash 

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            This is a delightful dish, and is commonly seen around the holidays.  The sweet potatoes add a nice amount of nutrients, too!

            6. Two-Tone Potatoes

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              Another fun way to add sweet potatoes to your mashed potatoes!

              7. Pepper Jack-Bacon Mashers

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                Everything is better with bacon!  This award-winning recipe is sure to satisfy the whole family!

                8. Fiesta Potatoes

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                  A very fun and flavorful recipe.  This is sure to be a hit at your next family dinner!

                  9. Leek, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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                    A creamy, garlicky, mouthwatering mashed potato recipe.  This recipe is perfect for garlic lovers!

                    10. Cheddar Potato Casserole

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                      A delightful, cheesy dish that is a perfect solution if you deal with picky eaters on a nightly basis.

                      11. Three Cheese Whipped Potatoes

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                        If you are a cheese lover, and you are not afraid to try something a little more exotic, this is the potato recipe for you!

                        12. Onion & Sage Mashed Potatoes

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                          A good recipe for those who love onions.  This recipe has you roast your mashed potatoes, giving them an unforgettable taste.

                          13. Mashed Potato Quesadilla 

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                            An amazing main dish you must try.  Very easy to make, and it is loaded with flavor!

                            14. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

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                              A quick and healthy way to make mashed potatoes. You cant even taste the spinach!  This is a good way to trick the kids into eating their green vegetables.

                              15. Lobster Mashed Potatoes

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                                The ultimate mashed potato recipe for sea food lovers.  Be sure to try this recipe for your next sea food night at home.

                                16.  Mashed Potatoes and Apples

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                                  A whole new way to experience mashed potatoes.  The apples give the potatoes a whole new flavor that you must try!

                                  17. Moroccan Mashed Potatoes

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                                    A delicious middle-eastern version of mashed potatoes.  If you have never experienced a middle-eastern dish, then this is the perfect place to start. Definitely a must try recipe.

                                    18. Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

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                                      An amazing twist to a southern dish. This recipe is worth checking out for your next family dinner.

                                      19. Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

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                                        Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there are mashed potatoes with an Asian influence to them. These have a good spice to them, if you can handle the heat.

                                        20. Perfect Mashed Potatoes 

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                                          If all of those recipes don’t work for you, and you are looking for just a simple, classic recipe, I recommend this one.  You will not be disappointed.  The easy to follow directions on this recipe makes it really easy to make a perfectly smooth and creamy batch of mashed potatoes.

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                                          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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