As parents, we're often telling our kids not to play with their food. We can make an exception in this case, though, because ordinary mashed potatoes just won't do for St. Patrick's Day—they've got to be green! Kids go wild over this colorful and tasty dish, and with its generous helping of healthy vegetables, parents love it too.
What You Need:
- 3 medium baking potatoes
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Green food coloring
- 1 cup of your child’s favorite vegetables, cooked
What You Do:
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into ½" slices.
- Have your child place them in a pot and cover with cold water.
- Boil for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Drain the potatoes well in a colander, then return them to the pot and mash with a potato masher.
- Add the milk, butter, garlic powder, and stock. Stir in the cream cheese and add the salt and pepper. Add several drops of food coloring and stir well.
- Fold in the vegetables.
- For the wow factor, use an ice cream scoop to serve the potatoes. Since we eat with our eyes first, we're more likely to enjoy food that looks attractive and appetizing. Serving the potatoes with an ice cream scoop makes a really attractive presentation and is sure to make your kids eager to dive in and eat. The potatoes are tasty by themselves, but you can also top with your child's favorite gravy for a little extra oomph.