Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

by Heather on July 26, 2010

A wonderful resource that I use quite frequently for trying out cookbooks is the library. It’s a great way to test out a book to see if it’s worth buying. When we lived in SF, I had a massive collection available, and with a library across the street, I couldn’t resist. Now, since we live in between Berkeley and Oakland, I’m able to take advantage of both library systems! Hit up your local library, and if there’s a specific cookbook you’re looking for, search for it online and have it sent to your branch. And, if it’s not offered, you could always request it and see what happens. SO, I checked out Eating Well’s 500 Calorie Dinners and I wasn’t disappointed! The recipes are easy to follow and most include healthy ingredients that are convenient and easy to find. If I wasn’t trying to limit my cookbook additions, I’d definitely consider purchasing this book.

Like most everything else, I buy my broccoli at Costco. This leaves me searching for new and exciting ways to use it so that Alex will actually touch the stuff. I couldn’t wait to try this recipe, and I can’t wait to make it again! It’s a perfect way to get kids, or anyone for that matter, to eat their veggies. It’s a healthy take on mashed potatoes. I can’t wait for Lizzie to be old enough to try this. Actually, I can wait, she’s already growing up too fast :(

Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash Eating Well 500 Calorie Dinners

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges

3/4 pound broccoli florets (about 4 cups)

3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/4 cup Parmesan)

1/2 cup nonfat milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

ground pepper to taste

Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add potatoes, cover and steam for 10 minutes. Place broccoli on top, cover and steam until the potatoes and broccoli are tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl and coarsely mash with a potato masher. Add the potatoes, cheese, milk, salt and pepper and continue mashing to desired consistency. Serve immediately.

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foodies at home July 27, 2010 at 1:27 am

I shop at Costco too and always end up with too much food! Great idea for extra broccoli!
P.S. It’s nice to meet another Bay Area foodie!

katherine jasiewicz July 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I love making this recipe! Great way to use up tons of ingredients!!!

CC Recipe July 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

This really is a great idea and side dish, thanks for sharing!

Stephanie July 28, 2010 at 12:19 am

Beautiful picture! And it sounds delicious too!

Kim (Liv Life) July 28, 2010 at 1:21 am

Excellent recipe! My family is a little broccoli phobic, but I think this will work.
Your baby is absolutely beautiful. And you are right, they grow up WAY too fast… my son is no 5 inches taller than I and he is entering high school. Enjoy your baby moments!

DessertForTwo July 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I didn’t know you were a Nor-Cal girl! I live in the middle of nowhere in Yolo County! Howdy!

I can’t believe you just had a baby and you’re still finding time to blog. Wow, you’re super mom for sure! She sure is beautiful! :)

Christina July 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm

This sounds soooo delicious! I will have to try this soon! :)

Brie July 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

mmm, anything with ‘cheese’, ‘broccoli’, and ‘potatoes’ in the title has to be delicious – looks amazing!

Laura August 1, 2010 at 2:58 am

Yum. Looks great! I’m trying to eat more green veggies and am getting a little sick of broccoli and hummus for snacks. I just got some great broccoli from my local farmer’s market and this just might be how I use it…

naomi August 1, 2010 at 5:11 am

OMG! i love this idea. showed it to the hubs and he’s dying for it now too.

S August 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

This looks awesome. I love kid-friendly recipes and this one is definitely it. Love how inviting it looks. :)

Lindsay August 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

She is a doll! I keep hoping your baking blog turns into something all about babies… but you keep me coming back, looking for new pictures :-)

zerrin August 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This is an awesome healthy dish! I love mashed potato but combining it with broccoli is a great idea! I can have this even at breakfast.

BethT August 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm

That looks delicious!

Heather August 11, 2010 at 1:11 am

This looks super yummy and perfect for my little ones. Great way to get their veggies in. Thanks so much and I can’t wait to give these a try.

k August 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

This looks like something my husband would actually eat. He’s somewhat vegie-phobic. Fantastic pictures… especially the wee-one! And yes, she will be big before you know it!

Ashley Jordan May 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I don’t know why I have never heard, nor thought of this myself, before! I made it tonight and it was so good. I had slight problems because I don’t have a steamer but it worked out. Thanks. :)

Sherlly September 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I just made this recipe for dinner and enough to take to work tomorrow…..I took a spoonful to taste and I thought “woah!!! this is delicious!”…It truly is flavorful and a great way to take in the veggies! Great recipe!

jEN January 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

What a great idea! I love this blog! Come check mine out if you get a chance..I have things like cauliflower hasbrowns and spicy roasted cauliflower. Keep up the great work!

Rose November 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

This sounds so delicious!! Is there a way to make this without using a steamer basket? I don’t have one!

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