cooking potatoes before slow cooking?

i had surgery on my wrist this past week, and in my pre-planning got all the ingredients to do a simple throw-together slow cooker batch of lentils, coconut milk, curry and squash or sweet potatoes. in my wisdom, I totally forgot about needing to cut up the squash/potatoes.. and in my defense i thought i'd have at least some use of this arm for steadying things (no such luck).

Is it possible to cook and mash the potatoes ahead of time so i can get them peeled, without the texture being awful? i'm guessing the squash is just not a possibility at all :(

thanks!

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