I know sometimes I get home and I am too tired to pull together a big healthy family dinner or didn’t start the crockpot. And since we tend to stay pretty busy with 5 kids and their activities, those days are more often then I might like. Accordingly, This sometimes leads to some rushed dinners or the temptation to get fast food but as you know it’s my goal to “Avoid the Fast Food Trap“. Well, in order to avoid fast food or several nights of cereal for breakfast I have added the potato bar to my arsenal of quick and easy dinners for my family.
The potato bar is the perfect addition for the frugal family because potatoes are inexpensive and most of your toppings will be free. Yes, you read that correctly, free.
Now, I both sour cream and cheese are staples for my family. As for the other toppings that are shown they didn’t cost me any money because they are leftovers. One bowl has left over pulled pork, another has some left over fried chicken , normally I keep a piece or two of bacon and crumble it. I’m here to tell you that almost anything can go on top of a potato. Here is a partial list of things that I know restaurants serve on their potatoes
- broccoli & cheese
- BBQ (Chicken, beef etc…)
- frito pie (chili with fritos)
- sausage links
- Teriyaki chicken
- fried chicken
- taco meat & salsa
- deli cubed ham
- Pre-Cooked Meats you’ve frozen
Standard toppings for Loaded Baked Potatoes:
- sour cream
- onions / green onions
I think you have the idea nearly any leftover that you have in the fridge can go on top of your potatoes. Even the picky eaters can choose their toppings and put them on the side of the potato. And for those of us that are low carb, I either get a sweet potato or just eat the toppings if there isn’t a sweet potato available.
Things to keep in mind when running a frugal kitchen.
Do not put out a full thing of sour cream in front of your kids remember to put the amount of sour cream you want eaten on the table. The same thing for the cheese, again determine how much cheese is going to be consumed at this meal and put it on the table.
This is a great dinner on a busy day a Sunday or any day you have a hankering for taters!
So what toppings would you add to your potato?