Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes |

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

An easy recipe for cheesy, delicious Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes made in minutes with Idahoan® Signature™ Russets Mashed Potatoes. Thanks to Idahoan® Foods for sponsoring this post.

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes |

For Easter this year, my kids have their hearts set on going to the zoo, playing outside and hunting for Easter eggs (of course) – all as a family.  With fun family time a priority, I was looking to make changes to simplify our Easter menu with delicious results made easy. Fortunately, I discovered mashed potatoes made in minutes with a tasty twist with this Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes recipe. 

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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins |

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins #SundaySupper

For a delicious, crowd-pleasing appetizer featuring Idaho® potatoes, try this easy recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins {gluten free}

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins |

Potato skins are always a fun appetizer. What is not to love with a crispy potato shell filled with so many tasty possibilities!  These Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins are inspired by the ever popular appetizer, only made a little healthier with broccoli and skipping sour cream and butter.  Of course there is plenty of cheddar cheese to keep things delicious!…

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake |

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake |

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas #SundaySupper

Make fun, spooky and healthy pizzas with these Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas that use a baked potato skin for the crust and are creatively topped with your favorite pizza toppings. {gluten free} 

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It is fun, carefree and just feels less stressful most other holidays. We are starting to get into the Halloween spirit! This past weekend, we visited a pumpkin patch, decorated the house with Halloween decorations and started to talk about costumes.  And then of course there are the Halloween recipes! I love to make pumpkin everything, candy-inspired treats and even decorate my food for Halloween.  These Halloween Baked Potato Pizza Skins are always a favorite.  They are healthy, fun and the kids love them (adults do too!)   …

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Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes #PantryInsiders

A popular side dish gets lightened up with these fluffy Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes. {gluten free}

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes |

The other night we were looking to make an easy side dish to go with our steak dinner. Mashed potatoes are always a tasty pair with steak, but I wanted to come up with something lighter and healthier.  Since August is National Olive Oil Month, I have  had olive oil on the brain lately.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to swap butter for olive oil to make some tasty Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.  …

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Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew #SundaySupper

No browning of the beef is required for this easy Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew recipe. Simple, healthy comfort food that the whole family will love! {gluten free, dairy free} 

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

This Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew is my absolute favorite beef recipe.  It is a simple recipe made with wholesome ingredients that is pure, healthy comfort food. Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew  is packed with beef, lots of vegetables, is easy to make and is just delicious.  What could be better?   Well, my friends, it gets better.  What if I told you that all that you need to do is mix up a simple sauce, cut the vegetables, cube the meat, and that’s it.  There is no browning of the meat required…just put everything in the pot and then pop it in the oven!  A few hours later you will have perfectly browned and tender beef and vegetables….

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Kale and Apple Potato Salad | #recipes #potatosalad #ProudOfIt

Kale and Apple Potato Salad

Kick off the unofficial start to summer with a fun twist on a classic summer staple with this Kale and Apple Potato Salad!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.   

Kale and Apple Potato Salad |

With the school year coming to an end and Memorial Day just around the corner, let the unofficial start of summer begin! I used to think of summer as a time to relax, but our summer schedule is packed with camps, classes and potluck parties.  I always like to bring something special to potlucks (in addition to a dessert of course!) but often don’t have a ton of time to spend on it. That’s where this Kale and Apple Potato Salad comes to the rescue!…

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Parsley Pesto Potato Salad | #recipes #SundaySupper

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad #SundaySupper

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad puts a fun, picnic spin on parsley potatoes.  It is a healthier potato salad, made with roasted yellow Idaho® potatoes and tossed in a lighter parsley pesto sauce.  

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad

Potatoes are such a great and versatile vegetable that can be served up in many ways that my whole family will eat it (score!)  Baked, mashed, whipped, ‘fried,’ or in a salad, it’s all good.  This Parsley Pesto Potato Salad uses delicious yellow Idaho® potatoes cooked using my favorite method – roasted!  Add in a fresh and vibrant parsley pesto sauce to drizzle and toss with the potatoes, and you’ve got a rock star party Parsley Pesto Potato Salad that everybody will love!…

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Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups | #recipes #OreIdaHashbrown #shop #cbias

Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups

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Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups are shredded potatoes baked in a muffin tin and then filled with broccoli, cheddar cheese and eggs.  These are a perfect addition to your Easter brunch menu!

Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups |

I have been eagerly anticipating Easter for a while now – coming up with the perfect gifts for Easter baskets,  planning an afternoon with the bunny and working on our Easter brunch menu.  While I still have to get a couple more things for the baskets, our bunny play-date is next Saturday and the brunch menu is complete.  We were missing two brunch essentials – hashbrowns and muffins. So to make our menu complete, I decided to combine the two by making muffin cups out of shredded potatoes, and then filling the cups with a cheesy, broccoli egg mixture.   I headed to Walmart, picked up a bag of Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes, and got straight to work!  The result was a very simple to make Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups.

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Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette

Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette |
 With temperatures hitting record highs this summer, I am always happy to be able to cook a quick and healthy dinner that does require turning on the oven.  This Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette can be made on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes.  It’s served over a bed of fresh baby spinach, making it healthy and delicious.  I’d say this dish fits the bill of quick and healthy, making it a perfect dinner!

I actually found this recipe in a magazine at least 10 years ago and gave it to my mom.  She has made it regularly ever since, and everybody is happy when she has it on the menu.  This salad became an instant family favorite!  While the original recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, my mom bakes chicken breasts and shreds them.  In this recipe, I poached the chicken.   The original recipe calls for watercress, but the spinach gives the salad a bit more substance.  Arugula would also be a tasty substitution.  Basically what I’m telling you is that this recipe is flexible.  Go with what works for you to make this a family favorite of your own.

Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pound small red potatoes
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  1. Put chicken in a large sauce pan and then add enough water to cover the chicken. Add a couple pinches of salt. Bring liquid to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Then cover, remove from heat and let sit for 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, put potatoes and 1 tablespoon salt in a medium sauce pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. While chicken and potatoes are cooking, whisk together mustard, vinegar, garlic, honey, and pepper in a small bowl. Gradually add oil, whisking constantly until incorporated. (Note: I then pour vinaigrette into a cruet for ease of pouring).
  4. Once chicken is cooked, transfer to a separate bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons vinaigrette over warm chicken and let sit for a minute to soak in. Then use 2 forks to shred chicken.
  5. Cut cooked potatoes into quarters (or halves, depending on size).
  6. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Add potatoes and chicken, and toss to combine. Serve immediately, drizzling with additional vinaigrette as desired.
You can add the vinaigrette to the serving bowl and toss, but I prefer to let others control the amount of dressing on their salad. For me, a little goes a long way!

Adapted from Real Simple

healthy cheesy potato soup with broccoli

Lighter Cheesy Potato Soup with Broccoli

So I just logged in to do a final proofread of this Cheesy Potato Soup recipe, and my post was gone.  Blank.  Nothing.  It was my best post ever.  It was witty and insightful, delivered a life-changing message – all.  gone.  Seriously folks…my mommy brain cannot recreate the greatness of that post, so I will simply cut to the chase and get to the real reason why you’re here…the soup!
Lighter Cheesy Potato Soup is one of the tastiest soups I’ve ever had and is also very easy to make. Win-win if you ask me!   I decided to add some broccoli for color and to bump up the nutrition level.  I also added more cheese than called for in the original recipe.  For the love of cheese, it’s a ‘cheesy’ soup!  We’re using reduced-fat cheese here, so this only adds 45 calories per serving.  It is worth every bit, trust me.
The result is a light and healthy soup, filled with perfectly tender potatoes, vitamin-packed broccoli and calcium-rich cheese.  Mike noted the consistency was just perfect for a cheese soup – not heavy, drips off the spoon nicely.  I’d say this is a keeper for sure!

Lighter Cheesy Potato Soup with Broccoli
Yields: 4 servings
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chopped red potato (about 1 pound)
  • 3-4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 stalk)
  • 1¼ cups skim milk (or 1%)
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) reduced fat (2%) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (optional)
  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring onion mixture constantly.
  2. Add potato, broccoli, milk, broth and water to pan; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add cheese, cayenne pepper, cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat immediately once cheese has melted. Top each serving with chopped green onions, if desired.
Adapted from Cooking Light, Jan/Feb, 2012

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

As my rosemary plant continues to flourish, so continues my search for tasty recipes using rosemary.  I recently made Herbed Balsamic Grilled Chicken, which required a suitable accompaniment.  For some reason it was just screaming potatoes to me.  

This recipe for Rosemary Roasted Potatoes has a nice short list of ingredients and could not be any easier.  It is very hands off, which worked well with cooking the rest of the meal on the grill (or doing whatever else you need to do).

The only changes I made from the original recipe were adding more garlic and increasing the amount of potatoes to use up my 2 pound bag.  Otherwise, this recipe is absolutely THE perfect go-to recipe for roasted potatoes.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher flake salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Cut potatoes in quarters and put in bowl with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.  Toss making sure potatoes are well-coated.
  2. Dump potatoes on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and spread out so they are 1 layer.
  3. Roast in oven for at least an hour, or until browned and crisp.  Flip twice during cooking to ensure evenly browning. 

Slightly adapted from Ina Garten