Monday, March 23, 2009

Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes.

One of the reasons this blog is named after potatoes is that they are extremely versatile, very nutritious, and they fill up hungry tummies quite nicely! One of my favorite ways to make a dollar (and a meal) stretch is to buy a 10# bag of Russet potatoes for $2.97 and try this during the course of a week:

Dinner #1 - Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Veggies, and Garlic Bread

I peel, chop and boil a 10 pound bag of russet potatoes. This will make enough potatoes for 3 different meals. You can add as many whole garlic cloves as you want - I use about 7-10. Then I use a hand beater to whip them up nice and creamy, using only soy milk, salt and pepper. No one ever complains there is no butter in them, they can't even tell!

We will also have corn on the cob, steamed broccoli, peas, asparagus, salad or whatever I have on hand as the "sides." Then I will make the kids some garlic bread and my hubby and I will have warmed bread. Viola! A dinner that makes everyone happy - and full.

Dinner # 2 Spud Tacos
My kids LOVE these! They usually have 2 - 4 each. I use a bit of oil to brown theirs, but I just use a tiny shot of spray oil for my hubby and I. Serve with rice and beans or salad & veggies. I got this idea from a favorite restaurant of mine called Mother's Kitchen.

Dinner #3 Homemade Gnoucci
I already posted recently about these. Again, another crowd pleaser!

One food. Three different ways. But there are a million more ways to eat a potato. What's your favorite way?


Krista said...

I like to roll out my gnocchi and make ravioli from it. Yum.

Potatoes are the best. Curries, tacos, Indian potato dumplings, in my pasta, etc.

Oh, and baked with broccoli and vegan cheese sauce.

Vegan cheese sauce:

Jenn said...

Ravioli? Wow! I never would have thought of that. What do you put inside?

And, I'm curious about Indian dumplings...

I've been meaning to try the cheese dip - but my kids aren't ooey gooey cheese fans so I think I would be the only one liking it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Krista said...

Well, when I used the gnocchi dough to make the ravioli I think I put pumpkin in them. But they would be really good with mushrooms and garlic. Of course, it's just easier to make sauces and plain little gnocchi!

TheIindian dumplings are basically mashed potatoes with peas and Indian spices in a dough and then baked. Well, if you're going for authentic they would be deep fried, but scary! If I have time I'll dig out the recipe for you.

Here's my favorite cheese sauce:

Here's a McDougall one:

In the last one I usually use more nutritional yeast. Oh, and instead of pimentos I use roasted red pepper with the skin peeled off. You can also use cooked carrots.

Krista said...

Haha, I just noticed that I posted the same nacho cheeze in my first response. Sorry!

potatolicious said...

Spud tacos - so simple, but sound so good. I'll have to try these. I think my little carnivores will love them. Such good ideas, Jenn. Keep them coming:-)


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