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.