They say that Christmas is for the young and young at heart, where a hearty Christmas meal with family and friends completes the holiday feels. And this season, allow me to take some space in your family buffet with my signature potato recipe.
This is an all time favorite not just of my own fam and kids but also of my clients who cooked this as part of their meal plans. This dish can be eaten on its own for it is already a complete meal. It is vegetable based and has adequate carbohydrates and protein. The gooey cheese topping, especially if mozzarella is used, is a good attraction for the kids. While for the young at heart, this dish can also be paired with roasted chicken, grilled fish, or even a steak. Here is my recipe.
Creamy Potatoes and Vegetables
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 piece onion, chopped
250g lean ground beef or ground chicken
1kg baby potatoes, skin on, cleaned and boiled
10 pieces green beans or 1 small zucchini, chopped
1 piece carrots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
30g mushroom soup powder, dissolved in 1 to 1-1/4 cups milk (or water)
200g grated mozzarella or quick melt cheese
salt and pepper to taste
In a nonstick pot, combine ground beef/ chicken, onion, and garlic.
Heat the pot and allow the meat to cook. Mix occasionally to cook evenly.
When the meat juice has come out and meat is no longer pink, turn off heat and drain excess oil and meat juice.
Return the pot to the stove and turn on heat to low-medium.
Add the carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add the green beans or zucchini and cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the cooked potatoes and the milk-mushroom powder mixture.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cover the pot and allow to simmer while stirring occasionally until mixture has thickened.
Sprinkle the cheese on top, cover the pot and turn off heat to melt the cheese.
May I just add, this tasty potato dish is just what my growing kids need. Potatoes are packed with vitamin C (boosts immunity), vitamin B6 (improves cognitive function) and potassium (important for healthy growth and building muscles). They are filled with quality complex carbs that help optimize mental and physical performance. These nutritious benefits make the potato a welcome addition to our dining table.
Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Potatoes USA - Philippines, but all opinions stated above are my own.