This recipe combines cooked potatoes and cottage cheese for the quickest imaginable, warm and delicious meal to serve to a toddler or young child. Older kids love it, too.
You can take this easy dish with you on picnics, camping, and in small containers to serve as a healthy snack for your little one.
Don’t be afraid to use flavorful potatoes. Russet are the least flavorful, but Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes are more flavorful. Sweet potatoes are the most nutritious.
4 small potatoes, quartered (Yukon Gold, Russet, or Sweet Potatoes)
1 small container of (4% fat or less) Cottage Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: finely chopped fresh herbs or crushed dried herbs*
Cut the potatoes in half and cook them thoroughly. Here are the ways:
Microwave them on high for 5 minutes, or
Boil them for 8 minutes in a small pot of water, or
Steam them for 8-10 minutes in a vegetable steamer.
They must be soft when you pierce them with a fork.
Let them stand a minute and then gently mix in the cottage cheese, salt, and pepper. Add herbs for more flavor and nutrition, and voila! You have a high protein, low-fat meal that is not challenging for their stomachs or developing teeth.
It stays fresh in the refrigerator for several days.
*Most children are slow to warm up to unusual taste, so don’t overwhelm them at first with too many herbs. A little goes a long way. The object with fresh herbs is to acquaint them with the taste of dark, leafy greens and get the nutritional value (Vitamin K, among others).