Smashed Vegan Thyme Taters

Do you ever get bored with eating potatoes? Me neither. This is one of the funnest root vegetables to cook with; you can do so much with the flavour, texture, and…well, structure.

This recipe is a staple for our family. It calls for only 5 ingredients and doesn’t need a lot of work. The flavour is right on point and the crispiness of the outside of the potato compliments the soft and warm texture on the inside. Yum!


  • 10-15 petite yellow/white potatoes

  • olive oil

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

  2.  Cover potatoes in a pot and bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium, and cook until soft.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle lightly with olive oil.

  4. Drain potatoes and line up on the baking sheet.

  5.  With a potato masher (or a glass with a bit of oil on the bottom), gently press on the potato until it splits open.

  6.  Drizzle a bit of oil on the tops of the potatoes, season with red pepper flakes, thyme, salt, and pepper.

  7. Cook until golden brown with crispy edges (approximately 20 min).

Becky Bayda
Becky is completing her education towards Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on mental health and sports. She uses her blog to help share her vision and knowledge, which focuses on restoring balance and empowering people through wholesome living.