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Leftover Mashed Potatoes? Potato Dream Pie Anyone?

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Every time you open the fridge, the container of leftover mashed potatoes is sitting there, daring you to get inspired.  Maybe a little hard to do considering your challenger right?  Lumpy, pale, no appealing sauces to remind you of how good it tasted last night, just plain ole potatoes.  Pretty blah!  But I’ve come up with a wonderful idea to make use of them as well as to get a pretty substantial kick at the ‘nutritional’ can!

Also it’s actually a good recipe to follow the day before you go grocery shopping because it uses up the last bits of produce from the last shopping excursion as well as the leftover mashed potatoes!  That way when you come home tomorrow, bags loaded with all those lovely fresh veggies, you’ve got room in the fridge for them.   While we’re on the topic of grocery shopping, if you want a little more information on the benefits of trying an all plant way of eating, there’s some great information here.

Another benefit is that it’s pretty easy and if you’re going to be tight for time on the day that you want to serve this dish, you could always prep the night before.  So here goes and hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

Food preparation sequence, leftover mashed potatoes becomes potato dream pie.

 

Ingredients That’ll Put Some Pizzazz in Leftover Mashed Potatoes.

1 19 oz. can     Navy Beans

1 cube              veggie soup cube

2 sticks            chopped celery

1/2 cup            sliced carrots

3 large             white mushrooms, chopped into bite sized chunks

1/2 cup            chopped onion

1/2 cup            chopped peppers

1.5 Tbsp.         Braggs Liquid Soy Seasoning

1/3 tsp.            black pepper

1/2 tsp.            turmeric

1/3 tsp.            chili pepper flakes

2/3 tsp.            onion powder

1 tsp                 dry parsley

1/6 tsp.            dried oregano

1 Tbsp.             corn starch

3/4 cup            cold water

 

Note on Ingredients:

I’ve listed the veggies that I included this time in my ‘Potato Dream Pie’ but you can throw any bits and pieces in there.  Half a sweet potato, one left over carrot, even the tiny bit of fennel bulb that you have left!  It’s all good.  Also, while I’ve listed a can of navy beans in the ingredients, if you want to save a little money on your cooking, you can always use dry beans that you’ve soaked and cooked previously.  I like to soak, cook and freeze a bunch ahead of time in individual containers.  That way they’re always there when I need them instead of opting for the canned version.

 

Method for Using Up Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Open the can of navy beans, drain and rinse them and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan with a 1/4 cup of your water and break down your soup cube so that it begins to soften more quicly.

Starting with the hardest veggies, water saute them for a couple minutes.  Continue adding your veggies with the tenderest being the last.  The goal is to get them almost ‘mouth tender’ but not overcooked.casserole topped with left over mashed potatoes

Add the drained and rinsed navy beans.  Mix in well.

Time For the Seasonings (plus a hint to make it that cornstarch mix better!)

Add your assorted spices, including the corn starch and cold water.  Add your Braggs Liquid Soy Seasoning.   Stir your mixture carefully and watch it as it begins to heat and thicken.  [TIP:  Here’s a tip which helps keep your corn starch from wanting to be little lumps in the liquid.  In a small container, add all your dry spices AND the corn starch.  If you mix this all together while it’s dry, when you add it to your veggies with water, the corn starch is already evenly distributed in amongst the dry spices.  So no little lumps and bits that defy stirring in!]

Once your veggie mixtures gravy is nicely thickened, pour into a 9 x 9 casserole dish.  Carefully spoon your cold left over mashed potatoes on the top of your vegetables.  Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.  While my guideline is 20 minutes, it’s a good idea to check on it from time to time.  Because part of it is already starting out hot, it may take a little less time (or it may take a little more depending on how good your oven is).  So keep an eye on it and when you can see the gravy bubbling around the edges, a little poke in the middle will tell you if it’s hot all the way through, and ready for serving.

And that’s all there is to using your leftover mashed potatoes!

I hope you enjoy this super simple, ‘uber’ nutritional, one dish meal that covers all the bases.  And when you do try it, please, come back and tell us all about it.

Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!

 

Disclaimer

As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor.  What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts!  Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.

My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life.  I and Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.

I also advise that any changes that might affect your health status be checked with your accredited physician.  This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Chloe
    March 15, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I recently moved over to a plant based diet. (Celebrated a month of being vegan last week!) I am always looking for new recipes and absolutely LOVE potatoes!

    • Reply
      debbymccabe@icloud.com
      March 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Glad you liked this one Chloe! I’ve started making mashed potatoes more simply so I can make this recipe. I love one dish dinners too don’t you?

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Perfectly Peachy
    March 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    This sounds like such a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. One time I froze mine out of desperation, and there’s just not a good way to bring them back to life haha. I’ll have to try this next time!

    • Reply
      debbymccabe@icloud.com
      March 15, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      I’m glad you told me that about freezing them. I was actually thinking of doing that last week with some. Now I know not to bother. So thanks for mentioning that.

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    Alice
    March 19, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I already adore mash potato but my gosh this is a game changer! It sounds so super tasty and I’m sure my mum would whip this up a dream, I’ll definitely be passing this onto her, very much looking forward to trying it!
    Alice Xx

    • Reply
      debbymccabe@icloud.com
      March 21, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Oh I think you and your mum are going to enjoy it! We just had it last night again and it’s one of those recipes that is so easy, it never goes wrong. We love it and there’s never left overs. Tell your mum hi! and maybe come back and tell us what your verdict is on it after you’ve tried it. I’d love to hear from you.

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