Special Cheesy Mashed Potatoes By: Dori F.
My three-year-old, Brett, was born with cystic fibrosis. He's a picky eater and would not eat jarred baby food. It smells/tastes terrible. I started making variations of mashed potatoes. I'd mix in pureed chicken/beef/turkey/veggies and cover up the taste of them by adding a lot of cheese. I started adding sugar and then sour cream and it took off from there. Now he likes mashed potatoes a lot and I can sneak veggies and meats into them. He's getting more "healthy" food than he normally would because he refuses to eat veggies and only eats chicken nuggets and fish sticks for his "meat." I sometimes add half and half to boost the calories as well; I can get up to 700 calories in a 3/4 cup serving!
- 5 lb potatoes
- 1 stick(s) butter
- 1 c sour cream
- 1/4 c sugar
- 2 c sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 c whole milk
- 4 tsp salt
- pureed chicken/beef (optional)
- pureed vegetables (optional)
- chopped frozen veggies or frozen corn (optional)
- gravy made out of cream of mushroom soup made with whole milk and with browning seasoning (optional)
- Add All Ingredients
Boil potatoes and drain.
Add in all ingredients and mash or use emulsion blender until desired consistency.
Add additional salt to taste if necessary.
Add in optional ingredients if desired.
Tip from Suzanne Michel: Mashed potatoes are a great vehicle for adding other foods to a child's diet. For the baby or toddler who is eating table foods I often suggest that parents add "scrambled" (sautéed) ground beef, or shredded cooked chicken, and/or finely chopped, cooked carrots.
- Servings: 6
Amount per serving:
- Calories: 680
- Fat: 35 g
- Sodium: 1850 mg
- Protein: 19 g
- Calcium: 368 mg
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