This innocent looking plate of mush is actually the Chick Pea and Potato Mash from Apples for Jam. Basically, you saute a can of chick peas in olive oil, garlic, and sage. Once they're soft, puree them with a bit of butter and milk and then fold that mixture into whatever mashed potatoes you have laying about. I used instant, which I know is totally lame, but the boy eats constantly and if I didn't have things like that on hand, I'd never leave the kitchen.
I have to admit that as I was making this I thought "They aren't going to go for this. It's going to seem too healthy and weird and they're going to make fun of me the way they always do." But they loved it! The boy shoveled it in wordlessly-a good sign-and Jay ate a heaping helping, saying that the beans didn't take away at all from the way he associates mashed potatoes with good, simple, comfort food. Initially the girl was a bit turned off by the color but after some prodding she cleaned her plate too. As for me, I really couldn't even taste the actual chick peas, it just tasted like seasoned mashed potatoes. I liked it so much that I made some more the next day.
I almost always have chick peas on hand so I'll definitely be making this again. It's an easy way to sneak some fiber into my otherwise white bread family.