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Potatoes – a Quick and Thrifty Meal

October 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Potatoes have always been one of my favorite budget stretchers. You can make so many recipes with them:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • French fried potatoes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Potato salad
  • Potato soup

A five pound bag of potatoes doesn’t cost much either. If the grocery budget is tight, potatoes could be the answer.

Early in our marriage one of our favorite meals was potato soup that we made by boiling potatoes, mashing them, adding milk, and simmering the mixture. If we had it we’d also add bits of ham and onion. The final seasoning was a bit of pepper and a touch of garlic.

(Just writing about the soup is making me hungry …)

I think that potatoes sometimes get a bad rap healthwise because they are a starch. The truth is that a single potato only contains 100 calories and there is no fat or cholesterol in it (unless, of course, you add a fatty topping). A diet favorite of ours is a baked potato with salsa.

I found this neat potato website that has just about everything you could want to know about potatoes (including recipes): IdahoPotato.com.

How about you? Do you like potatoes? What’s your favorite potato recipe?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings // Oct 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Fried Potatoes and Onions. Yum!!

  • 2 Renae // Oct 16, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    We used to glean potatoes from the field across the street when we lived in Idaho. Some of those potatoes were enormous! One of those gigantic spuds would feed my whole family.

    Now I want baked potatoes smothered in chili…

  • 3 Laura // Oct 20, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Laura and Renae!

    Laura – My mom used to make fried potatoes and onions.

    Renae – I haven’t really heard the term “gleaned” outside of the Bible. I’m glad that it’s still going on.

    Yum! I love chili on my potatoes.



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