“Loaded Potatoes” can be tastey and nutritious. They can be an easy to make, complete meal, with not too many ingredients. Recently our grand kids were visiting and we had a great time cooking together. This meal they did pretty much on their own.
Ingredients: Potatoes, black beans (or your choice), scallions, garlic, Indian Masala (or your choice of Indian or Mexican spices), barbecue sauce, salsa (your choice); salad makings.
The girls had fun describing the process:
Addie – first we went to the garden and dug potatoes. Then we went for a swim.
Kalea – By the time we remembered about cooking dinner it was 7:20. "Oops", GramEliz said ….. "no problem"
Addie – I put water on to boil in a large sauce pan – no salt! I put the potatoes in a strainer and scrubbed them with water. No peeling.
Kalea – "The peels are delicious and very, very nutritious" (sung to a cute melody)
Addie – "When the water was boiling, I added the potatoes – the bigger ones cut in half by GranBob."
Kalea – Meanwhile I was “stir frying” thinly cut scallions and 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a small ice cube of vegetable broth on medium high. The trick is to keep stirring with a spatula to keep it from burning. (Read about stir frying without oil)
Kalea – after they were browned, I added the black beans. (We saved the liquid from the bean can for aqua fava).
Kalea – We talked about spices – Turmeric, Cumin ……. And decided on Gara Malasala, and I added ¼ tsp.
Addie – Add a glug of barbecue sauce and let the beans cook on medium for 10 minutes.
Addie – While the potatoes and beans were cooking, we made the salad. Kalea washed and spun the red/green lettuce. (that salad spinner was fun!) I cut up cucumbers and tomato and then ……. I decided to also add Zucchini!
Kalea – I set the table
We served the cut potatoes with beans and salsa on top, along with the salad. A colorful and delicious meal was on the table by 8:20! GramEliz and GranBob said that we're great cooks!