This month’s goal…creatively feed my family by utilizing one 50 pound bag of potatoes. My kids were surprised that I could buy 50 pounds of potatoes for $10.00.
I asked my kids for their favorite potato dishes, their input always helps with getting them on board with my crazy ideas.
Since I am a homeschooling mom, I have assigned them the task of calculating the cost of each meal. I started a Pinterest board for potato recipes and invited my daughter to pin any recipes she finds.
I should note that food allergies require my meals to be gluten and dairy free. I either substituted various dairy free options or selected meals that were already gluten and diary free. I tend to keep things simple and do not spend a huge amount of time on finding substitutions, so you will not find a gluten dairy free chicken and dumplings recipe in my menu.
I selected 5 meals each week, my kids would mutiny if I gave up Taco Tuesday and Sundays are left over meals. Thus choosing 5 meals gives me a weeks worth of meal planning. I tried really hard to mix up the recipes to avoid the dreaded “I will not eat another potato again.”
We ate these meals for 4 weeks, this is just not a list of things you could do…we cut the food budget and ate potatoes for 4 straight weeks.
I have another pet peeve with cooking, when recipes call for 2 tablespoons of something, or 2 cups of a 2 and ½ cup package. I tend to cook recipes where I use it all or skip it. It bugs me to waste food and I am too distracted to remember to use the open can of tomato puree from yesterday’s meal.
4 Weeks of Eating A 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals
Week 1 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Hash browns, Eggs and Pancakes
- Shepard’s Pie
- Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with broccoli and grilled chicken
- Chicken and Potato Stew
- Twice Baked Potatoes with baby carrots and applesauce
Week 2 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Hash browns and eggs and bacon
- Pizza Potatoes with sausage
- Baked Potatoes with Chili
- German Goulash
- Seasoned Potato Wedges with Grilled Cheese and vegetable
Week 3 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals:
- Potato Pancakes and Eggs
- Tuna Casserole
- Greek Style Chicken and Potatoes
- Sausage, Green Beans, and Potatoes
- Potato Salad with Chicken and vegetable
Week 4 of Eating a 50 Pound Bag of Potatoes Meals: Disclaimer my son went into the hospital during week 4, so this actually became week 5 of meal planning. Since he came home Christmas Eve, we were given 2 spiral hams. Thus we ate 5 days of ham and potato combinations resulting in putting my family over the edge of the potato eating frenzy.
- Ham and Mashed Potato Casserole
- Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Ham and Pea Soup
- Ham and Green Bean Soup
- Ham, Potato, Broccoli Soup
Here is a printable of the 4 Weeks of Potato Meals