Fresh broccoli gives creamy mashed potatoes a boost of flavor and nutrition. Make this savory side in one pot!
Here’s one of our most tried-and-true techniques for turning picky eaters onto a new food: serve that food in as many ways as you can think of. If your kids don’t like steamed broccoli, try roasting it. Top a pizza with it. Serve it raw with a dip. Turn it into a soup. Try ALL THE THINGS.
Because the more kids see and taste an ingredient, the more willing they are to accept it as a safe, normal food. Even though this technique works, it can still be frustrating. So here’s your next recipe to try: creamy, rich, (and easy!) broccoli mashed potatoes.
Are Potatoes Healthy?
Potatoes sometimes seem to have a bad rap among healthy eaters. They’ve got a lot of carbs, and they’re the base of one of the most-maligned foods of all time: French fries. (For the record, fries can be super healthy. You can bake up these super crispy french fries, or make them from nutrient-dense vegetables like carrots or zucchini. Just saying.)
Anyway, ordinary potatoes ARE a healthy, whole food that belongs in your repertoire of balanced ingredients. The high carb count actually benefits kids, who need enough carbs to support their habit of, well, bouncing off the wall.
Adding broccoli to these mashed potatoes brings lots of nutritional extras to the party, like Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and fiber. The milk and cheese add a bit of protein and fat, so if your kids decide they want nothing for dinner but these creamy, savory potatoes (we all know it can happen,) they’re still getting a decent balance of nutrients.
This recipe is also a perfect baby food for those little ones who have graduated from thin purees, but still aren’t great at chewing. Get those babies hooked on broccoli!
How to Make Broccoli Mashed Potatoes
These mashed potatoes are well-suited for a busy weeknight dinner. You only need one pot to make them, and because you’ll cube the potatoes before cooking, they tenderize pretty quickly.
Start by setting up a steamer basket in a pot. (Everyone needs one of these babies!) Toss your cubed potatoes in and steam until they start to soften, about ten minutes. Then add your broccoli and continue steaming until everything’s good and tender.
Next, you can empty the water from the pot and dump the veggies back in, along with some milk, butter, and savory Parmesan. Finally, mash it all up! Kids as young as three love to help with this part.
Serve hot with chicken, pork, or beef, plus a fresh green salad on the side. Tada! Dinner.