Potatoes and Broccoli in Perfect Peanut Sauce

Potatoes and Peanut Sauce

Potatoes and nuts work together to make a filling dish that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. Our take on nuts and potatoes is a Thai-inspired dish with peanut sauce that comes together quickly in the blender but tastes like it came straight from a professional kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads broccoli, broken into florets (about 4 cups)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tray PotatOH Petit Chardonnay Steamer Potatoes
  • 1 batch Perfect Peanut Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts or cashews, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 350F. Afterward, season the broccoli with a little salt and pepper and wrap it in a foil packet (see directions here), and bake for 45 minutes.
  2. Broccoli in Foil

  3. 2) Once the broccoli is in the oven, cook your PotatOH Petit Chardonnay Potatoes according to the package directions. When they’re cool enough to handle, chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  4. 3) While the potatoes cook and cool, make your Perfect Peanut Sauce (recipe below).
  5. Peanut Sauce

  6. 4) Divide the broccoli between your plates, top the broccoli with the potatoes, and spoon peanut sauce onto each dish. Top with 1 tablespoon of peanut pieces and serve.
  7. Potatoes and Peanut Sauce

Perfect Peanut Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 2″ piece of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Add additional water by the tablespoon if the sauce is too thick. The finished sauce should almost have the consistency of chocolate mousse.

Nutrition (for 1 serving of potatoes, broccoli, and sauce):

Serves 4

  • 407 calories
  • 54g carbs
  • 16g fat
  • 18g protein
  • 461mg sodium

 

Arts and Crafts: Holiday Potato Stamps

Potato Stamp Present

While you’re cooking up holiday supper, do the kids get a little bit bored? Toss them a couple of potatoes, and keep them entertained with one of these arts and crafts projects!

Potato stamps are a lot of fun for kids, and they can be educational, too. Until your little ones are old enough to wield a knife unattended, you’ll want to supervise the carving part of these projects (or just carve the stamps while they watch). To keep them engaged, talk to them about what shapes you might carve, so they still feel like they’re part of this portion of the arts and crafts.

We’ve found a few fun ways that your kids can use homemade potato stamps in arts and crafts projects, and we’ve got a full tutorial for you, too!

Arts and Crafts: Get Creative with Your Potatoes!

Potato Stamp Cards

1. Cards

Once your stamps are carved, put your kiddos to work stamping holiday cards. Your friends and family will love receiving holiday greetings on these one-of-a-kind creations! Image Credit: The Joy of my Life.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Art

2. Potato Art

Let your kids make gifts for the people on their lists. You help them carve the stamp, provide a large piece of paper as their canvas, and let them create personal art pieces! Image Credit: Creative Jewish Mom.

>>Get the tutorial.

 

Potato Printed Pillow Cover

3. Potato Fabric

If you sew, you can let your kids make custom fabric with potato stamps, then turn it into pretty throw pillows for holiday gifts. This arts and crafts project calls for fabric paint, so make sure your children are wearing something that you don’t mind getting stained. Image Credit: Crafting a Green World.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Present

4. Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

Instead of buying pre-printed gift wrap, purchase a roll of kraft paper or a book of construction paper at the craft supply store, and let your kids stamp it with potatoes.

Supplies

  • potato
  • paring knife
  • rag
  • old cardboard box, cut open and flattened
  • tempera paint
  • roll of kraft paper or book of construction paper (kraft paper is best for bigger gifts)

Step-by-Step

Carved Potato<

1. Carve your potato stamp. You can try drawing your design on your potato, then carving, but most markers won’t write well on that wet spud. You’re best off sticking to a simple, geometric shape, like the plus sign that we used. Before you dip your potato into the paint for the first time, use your rag to dry it off as much as possible. The more excess water you get off of your stamp, the better it will pick up the paint.

Potato Stamp Dip

2. Pour the paint onto your cardboard, and dip the stamp into the paint. Show your kids how to blot the stamp. Too much paint won’t give you a good, clear imprint. Let them do some test stamps on scrap cardboard from the box to get a feel for how to stamp.

Potato Stamp Paper

3. To stamp with your potato, the best method we found is to place the potato onto the paper, gently press straight down, then carefully remove the stamp. It’s OK if your kids’ designs aren’t perfect. A smudge here and incomplete shape there are part of the charm!

Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

4. Let them go to town! The paper in the example has a repeating pattern, and theirs can be as organized or as random as they want. What’s important is that they have a lot of fun!

Halloween Recipe: How to Make a Spooky Mashed Potato Spider Web

Halloween Potato Spider Web

Need a Halloween recipe that will encourage your kids to eat their veggies? This spooky bowl of mashed potatoes is just the thing.

Halloween recipes are usually all about the candy, but you can also make delicious healthy treats to celebrate this year. For this spooky spiderweb, a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes are your canvas, and you use shredded carrots, black olives, and dried rosemary to create the web and the spider.

You don’t have to make those delicate shredded carrots yourself. Check your grocery store’s produce section for a bag of already-shredded carrots. If you can’t find them, use a knife to julienne the carrots into the thinnest sticks that you can.

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Mashed Potato Spiderweb

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of buttermilk mashed potatoes
  • 1 bag shredded carrots, or at least 1/2 cup carrots very thinly sliced
  • 2 jumbo black olives
  • 8 pieces of dried rosemary

Directions

1. Heap your mashed potatoes into a large bowl, then use a spoon to smooth them down. With a clean dish towel, wipe any potato from the sides of the bowl, so you have a clean canvas to start:

Bowl of Mashed Potatoes

2. Use your carrots to build your web, like in the images below. Start by creating an X with your carrots, then add two more rows to create an asterisk. Finally, use the carrots to create a few circles connecting the lines of your web:

Carrot Spider Web

3. Make your spider. Slice about a 1/4″ piece off of the top of one of your olives, and slice the other olive in half lengthwise. One of the olive halves is going to be your spider body, and the small piece is its head. You can eat the other two pieces of olive. You deserve a snack after making that detailed web!

Sliced Olives

4. To give your spider its legs, very carefully press each piece of rosemary into the sides of the large half olive. Place the spider body and head on your web, and you’re all done!

Play With Your Food: How To Make Holiday Potato Stamps

Holiday Potato Stamps

We’re getting ready to have a house full of kids. While that’s always fun, we like to tip the tables in our favor and have some crafts on hand keep them entertained. So we set up a craft table and let the kids come and go from the project throughout the day. If you follow suit, be prepared with enough supplies so a handful of adults can join in, too. They always want to at our house!

So what’s the best craft?

Potato stamps, of course!

They’re super-easy, flexible, inexpensive and best of all, fun to use!

First, you can “carve” your potato stamps into any shape or theme you want. Because it’s Christmas, you can make gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars, angels, snowmen, basically any shape we’d use to make a cookie. In fact, you can use your cookie cutters to make the outline for your stamps.

Second, potato stamps flexible because you can stamp anything you want. We’ve had kids make a set of thank-you cards to use after the holidays. We’ve also done t-shirts, napkins, aprons, dishtowels, a calendar and, one Thanksgiving, our holiday cards.

Of course, you don’t need to be a kid to love this, and you don’t have to be at a party to give it a try.

This is a great activity to try at home over winter break, and we promise you’ll have lots of fun. Enjoy!

Supplies List:

  • Potatoes (russets, red or whites)
  • Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cookie cutters or a pencil
  • Paint (craft or poster paint for paper, fabric paint for fabric)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Paper plates or shallow dish (one per color)
  • Card stock, paper, or prewashed items (t-shirts, aprons, etc)

How To:

  • 1. Cut your potatoes in half; shave the cut surface of the potato flat with the peeler.
  • 2. Use a cookie cutter to press the outline of your shape onto the flat surface, or, if using a pencil, draw the outline of your shape pressing hard into the flesh of the potato.
  • 3. Use your paring knife to cut around the shape.
  • 4. Pour paint into dishes.
  • 5. You can either dip your potato into the paint or use a brush to paint the raised shape.
  • 6. Stamp away!
  • 7. You can also use a paintbrush to add details—decorate your tree, give your snowman some eyes and buttons, paint Santa’s beard, etc.
  • 8. If you’re using fabric paint, follow the directions on the container. You probably want a coat hanger to let your item dry, then you’ll probably have to iron it, too.

Check out our photos below to see an example!


No matter what your plans are, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Enjoy!

Play With Your Food: Fun Holiday Potato Recipes for Kids

Winter break is just a few days away. Woot woot!

Funny how winter days are only shorter when the kids are at school. Seems like when you’re at home with them for two weeks straight, well, those days can get kind of long. Especially when kids don’t have enough to do!

You’re in luck, because we have the perfect solution.

In addition to planning ahead and looking into what sledding hills, scavenger hunts, crafts, games and other activities we don’t want to miss, we also look for ways to make the day-to-day stuff fun, too. Like eating potatoes!

Below are three recipes we love for the playfulness they bring to the table around the holiday season. Whether you surprise your kids when you serve their bowls or let them help out with the prep work, these recipes are sure to fill their tummies with holiday cheer.

Melted Snowman Soup

Melted Snowman Soup

This recipe offers unique flavors, as it calls for vermouth and a whole (!) head of garlic. We think it sounds delicious, but if you’ve got a house full of picky eaters don’t be afraid to go for a simpler-yet-delicious recipe, like our Quick & Healthy Potato Soup.
The main point is the garnish and the possibilities are endless. Mushroom buttons. Red pepper frowns. Bacon buttons. Yum!

Image Source: Cadry’s Kitchen

Potato Trees

This presentation manages to be both fun AND elegant. We would be as proud to serve these at a party as we are to our kids. If you’re not afraid of a little food coloring, you could add a few drops of green. You can also garnish your trees with little bits of finely diced pepper—green, yellow and/or red—sprinkled on to look like ornaments. Cute, right?

Image Source: The Kitchn

Snowman Stew

Snowman Party Stew

Soup always tastes great on a cold winter night. So we love this idea we found from Taste of Homes. Again, the recipe isn’t the most important thing, it’s the idea we love. Because this would be fantastic over your family’s favorite beef or vegetable stew. Anything thick enough to hold up to potatoes on top would do the trick. You can let the kids make the snowmen, or, just watch their surprise when you serve this. Enjoy!

Image Source: Taste of Home

Snowball Soup

Snowball Soup

Using cookie cutters on potatoes is really clever and we love that kids can play a huge role here, making the “snow balls” for the soup. When they make the dough, it’s just like rolling Play-Doh that they can eat! If you use peppercorns for the eyes, just remind your kids to take them out before they take a bite, or they’ll get more than just holiday spice!

Image Source: The Artful Veggie

 
Hope you have a very happy time at home with your family. Coming soon: more ideas that use potatoes to keep kids happy and busy over the break!

Have favorite crafty/fun/awesome-for-kids recipes of your own? Share them in the comments below!