There’s a reason potatoes have been the poor man’s ultimate food for hundreds of years. Potatoes, believe it or not, are packed full of almost all the nutrients the human body needs to survive. They form an essential base to many dishes, and they’re also dirt cheap. Sometimes, though, doing the same old potato recipes over and over gets pretty old. Switch up your routine by working in these awesome meals!
Spinach Quiche With Potato Crust
This is a great meal if you want to use up leftovers. While the recipe is best with chopped spinach and mushrooms, quiche is gloriously customizable, so you can really use any vegetables you have on hand to top the quiche off with. The crust is formed with refrigerated mashed potatoes…y’know, the leftover kind. The rest of it? Eggs, bacon, milk, and rosemary. I know. So inexpensive and so tasty! Get the recipe here.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
It’s getting cold. You know what that means…soup season! This baked potato soup is just about the best thing ever on a rainy day. It’s creamy, warm, hearty, and comforting. It’s everything you need to warm you up with only a few choice ingredients.
All you’ll need is bacon, milk, chicken broth, potatoes, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, flour, butter, and salt and pepper. So simple, perfect for a rushed, chilly Autumn night. Get the recipe here!
Italian Roasted Potatoes
This recipe packs a flavor punch with minimal ingredients, making it the perfect filling side dish to anything from a pot roast to baked chicken to fish. All you need is potatoes (you don’t even have to use baby potatoes like the recipe calls for. You can just slice up larger ones…which will save you money!), garlic, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe here.
Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Potato pancakes, man…if you haven’t tried them, then you absolutely have to. Usually they’re made with grated potato, but this recipe uses leftover mashed potatoes, making them a double-win in the money-saving section (inexpensive ingredients? Check. Using up leftovers? Also check).
These mashed potatoes are mixed with eggs, flour, cheese, and scallions, and then fried on the stovetop and topped with extra scallions and sour cream. They’re so delicious! Get the recipe here.
Baked Chicken and Potato Casserole
Ah, the humble casserole. Casseroles became popular in the 1950s as one-pot wonders that could feed a whole family with just a single dish. While you might want to consider a salad or some roasted veggies on the side, this casserole does pretty fabulously all on its own.
It uses a few basic, inexpensive ingredients. All you’ll need is potatoes, whipping cream, chicken breasts, Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions, and various seasonings. Layer everything in a baking dish, throw it in the oven, and let dinner make itself. Get the recipe here.
Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges
If you’re looking to host a party, please a crowd, or just have something tasty to munch on, these potato wedges are the perfect side for any occasion. The best part? They’re so inexpensive and easy to make! These are better than any potato wedge or fry you can buy in a restaurant, and they’ll cost you way less than ordering them in, too.
Serve them with ketchup, mustard, or ranch and freshly chopped parsley: total bliss. All you’ll need to make them is some russet potatoes, olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning, and shredded cheese. Get the recipe here.
You should probably always have a bag of potatoes stashed away in your pantry for those cold nights when you need an easy, inexpensive meal. You can’t go wrong with a well-cooked potato, and if you switch it up often so that you’re not eating the same exact recipe every day, your wallet will thank you for buying inexpensive ingredients, and your stomach will thank you for making it some fantastic food.