Friday, July 5, 2013

Potatoes: A Mom's Lifesaver For Any Meal

Potatoes are definitely a staple in our house for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether as a side or main dish, potatoes are versatile in many ways. From baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, french fries, hash browns, soups, potato skins and more. Potatoes provide a healthy natural starchy comfort to our (Jack's) gluten-free lifestyle. Surprisingly, they have more nutritional benefits than you might think as well.

Potatoes are:
  • Loaded with Vitamin C
  • Have more Potassium than Bananas 
  • And Provide Vitamin B6, Iron and Fiber

Jack used to eat baked potatoes and then decided he didn't like them.  As you know from reading my blog, Jack's a very picky eater. He doesn't like the skin of the potatoes I'm working on different ways to re-introduce the potato to him. As Jack grows and loses all his baby fat, I need to find healthy ways to pack on some weight! I think keeping on the weight can be a challenge for some children with celiac adding healthy carbohydrates to the gluten-free menu is a must!

So below, I compiled some different ways I use potatoes...I seem to use red potatoes more for side dishes and Idaho potatoes for main dishes.

Breakfast time - homestyle red potatoes
Cheesy Potato Soup
A mountain of yumminess - pile up your potatoes with
cheeseburger, veggies, sour cream - whatever your
heart desires!
Roasted Red Potatoes

Whether with breakfast or dinner, these always hit the spot!

Red potatoes: Baked @375 with olive oil, salt and pepper for 30 minutes. I like them crispy. I usually flip them have way through and sometimes I broil them for the last few minutes.

Crockpot Time!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Hearty, yumminess full of potatoes!

Cheeseburger Mountain

Red Potatoes piled high with cheeseburger, shredded cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions!

Forget the bun, use potatoes!

Parmsean red potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

These are my new fav!

Bake @375 for 25 minutes with olive oil, butter, salt and pepper. Flip them half way through. Add parmesan cheese last 5 minutes. I also broiled these for a couple of minutes. I like them crispy!

Loaded Chicken BBQ - okay, this really is one of my favs!

BBQ Crockpot Chicken on top with shredded cheddar cheese underneath and a dollop of sour cream.

Loaded Spuds have endless options!

Potato Bar - make your own creation!

Potato Bar

My daughter LOVES Potato Bar night - she loves making her own creation! I personally love melted cheese and broccoli on mine. Having little dishes with toppings for everyone to choose from, makes it a fun dinner for all.

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