Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

My Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza is a big hug in food form. There’s been a lot in the news that’s distressing lately but my blog is not where I like to think about those things. Food is the form of comfort I’m best at and so this big huge pizza topped with mashed potatoes and lots of other good things is what I’m offering you today.

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

There’s actually a funny story behind the potatoes that became the main topping for this pizza. We are in the dog days of summer in Ohio. It’s hot and humid and we’ve had more than our fair share of pool time and I’m in all air-conditioning all the time mode. So for dinner last week I’d pulled out some pizza dough I’d frozen and was contemplating toppings when I realized I had a whole package of bacon, cheddar cheese and sour cream already in the fridge. All I needed were a few potatoes and some chives or green onions. But that meant a trip to the store and leaving my air-conditioned oasis.

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

My neighbor and I have a close relationship and borrow cups of sugar from each other (or eggs or oil or anything else we might need). It helps that we both love to cook. As luck would have it she texted me that she was hoping to bake some banana blueberry muffins but didn’t have bananas that were ripe enough. I walked over the three that I had and mentioned my need for potatoes. She walked over to her trash can and pulled out five (organic and still in the plastic potato bag) Yukon Gold potatoes and handed them to me. She’d tossed them because they weren’t going to be around either and she figured they’d start sprouting in her cabinet. Clearly this pizza was supposed to happen, “dumpster-diving” potatoes and all!

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

I always use THIS crust recipe. We make it so often I can recall it from memory. But for these simple toppings, feel free to use your own crust recipe or even store-bought dough. It won’t be quite the same but it is still a deeply satisfying dinner when you are talking about mashed potatoes on top of freshly baked pizza dough. All the carbs.

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza by Foodtastic Mom

Supreme Mashed Potato Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. Dough for one large pizza crust (refer to my recipe link in the post)
  2. 5 small Yukon Gold potatoes
  3. 4 T. butter
  4. 2 T. whipped cream cheese
  5. 2 T. sour cream
  6. 1 t. salt
  7. 1 1/2 c. (6 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  8. 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  9. fresh chives, chopped
  10. extra sour cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the potatoes and place in a saucepan. Fill with cold water to an inch above the top of the potatoes. Simmer on the stove top until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and add the butter, cream cheese, sour cream and salt. Mash until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat a pizza stone in the oven at 500 degrees.
  3. Shaped your dough and brush lightly with olive oil.
  4. Evenly (and gently) spread the mashed potatoes on top of the pizza crust. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese (amount of cheese is approximate). Use more or less to your liking.
  5. Bake the pizza until cheese is starting to brown, 10 - 14 minutes.
  6. Top the pizza with the crumbled bacon and chives. Slice and serve the pizza with sour cream for topping.
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Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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These pink lemonade ice cream sandwiches combine my Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe with vanilla ice cream and pink lemonade concentrate for the perfect summertime treat your whole family will enjoy! 

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Do you have a miracle in your life? I think miracles run the spectrum from big to small and maybe they aren’t always obvious. One of mine happened over 11 years ago now and I still marvel at the tiny beginning. Our son was a 33-week gestation preemie, born after my water had spontaneously broken at 31 weeks gestation, leaving me on hospital bed rest for almost two weeks before his birth. He started life at 4 pounds 5 ounces with an almost two week stay in the NICU. As a new mom I had never imagined being discharged from the hospital but having to leave my newborn behind.

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His stay was mainly to make sure he could eat on his own and gain weight. He had some IV’s, including one in his tiny head, and a feeding tube for one day. But overall he was incredibly healthy for a NICU baby. Those two weeks in the hospital for me, hooked to my own IV and getting steroid shots to strengthen his lungs, were filled with uncertainty. Many prayers were said while I was in the hospital and I can say with certainty when the Dr. walked in for delivery with the sun streaming brightly into the room I knew God was saying my son was going to be OK. It was a powerful moment in my life. Today he’s one of the tallest boys in his class – 5’4″ as an 11 year old with a men’s size 10 1/2 shoe! 

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So I really wanted to see Miracles from Heaven which is based on the true story of the Beam family and their little girl who was miraculously cured from a chronic disease after suffering a fall into the hollow of tree. I brought the DVD along with us on vacation with friends so we had five children (ages 6 to 11) watching with us and they all enjoyed the story and uplifting message. 

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Before viewing the movie we pulled out my Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe. I wanted a summery treat to go along with our viewing party so we sandwiched the cookies with vanilla ice cream mixed with pink lemonade concentrate. It’s hard to go wrong with the sweet and tart combination of pink lemonade ice cream sandwiches!

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I’ve got the recipe for these Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches at the conclusion of this post. And be sure and get to your local WalMart for your own miraculous family movie night with the Miracles from Heaven DVD. As an added bonus $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network which helps the 62 children admitted to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals every minute across the country! Do you have a miracle in your life? Let’s spread some positivity – leave me a comment telling me about your own miracle. 

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Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches by Foodtastic Mom #MiraclesfromHeaven #ad

Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 t. vanilla
  5. 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  6. 1 t. cream of tartar
  7. 1/2 t. baking soda
  8. 1/2 t. salt
  9. 1.5 quart container of vanilla ice cream
  10. 1/2 can of pink lemonade concentrate
Instructions
  1. Before baking the cookies, set the ice cream and pink lemonade concentrate out of the freezer to soften. In a large bowl, mix together the softened ice cream and lemonade concentrate. Return the ice cream mixture to its original container to refreeze overnight. You'll have extra lemonade-flavored ice cream after filling the sandwiches!
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on high for about 2 minutes until very light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for one minute more.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on medium in the stand mixer until well combined.
  5. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie (I used an OXO cookie scoop) and dip the top of each cookie in sanding sugar. Place the cookies onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. The recipe yields 20 cookies.
  6. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. The cookies will look a bit underdone. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on pans, then remove them to cooling racks to finish completely cooling.
  7. Evenly scoop your vanilla ice cream and pink lemonade mixture in between pairs of cookies, yielding 10 ice cream sandwiches. Place sandwiches on a sheet pan to freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Weekly Meal Plan

 

Weekly Meal Plan

We’ve got lots of yummy food for you as usual for your Weekly Meal Plan. Take a look at the menu… what are you most hungry for? I’m thinking that roast chicken or the fig prosciutto and arugula pizza are calling my name. And homemade thin mint ice cream?! Yes, I think it’s going to be a good week. Enjoy!

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

Fig, Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza 2

Sunday

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Breakfast

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Dessert

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The Pajama Chef | Big Bear’s Wife | The Cooking Actress | Pies and Plots | Foodtastic Mom | The Spiffy Cookie

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Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread

Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread by Foodtastic Mom

Have a bumper crop of zucchini to use up (get rid of)? You need this recipe for Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread in your collection then! It’s just sweet enough, moist, full of flavor and deeply satisfying in the way only a home-baked quick bread can be.

Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread by Foodtastic Mom

So apparently zucchini fresh-picked from the farm can keep a LONG time in the fridge. I’m talking over three weeks. I’d picked up a rather large zucchini from one of my local farm markets, originally intending to grill it for sandwiches. But summer travels and swim meets happened and that zucchini was still sitting in my vegetable drawer. It was still perfectly fresh when I ran across THIS recipe for zucchini bread from America’s Test Kitchen.

Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread by Foodtastic Mom

I couldn’t remember the last time I had made zucchini bread, probably because I had been underwhelmed by my previous attempts. But this recipe? It really does yield a simply perfect loaf. For my own unique spin I used both ground walnuts and macadamia nuts (because that’s what I had in the house) plus I added some fresh pineapple sage leaves from my neighbor’s extensive herb garden. It’s not a mandatory addition but the macadamias and subtle pineapple flavor made my loaf just a little bit tropical, which is always fun for summer.

Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread by Foodtastic Mom

Be sure to Pin this recipe because it’s a keeper!

Simply Perfect Zucchini Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, shredded and drained
  2. 1 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  3. 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 t. vanilla extract
  6. 1 1/2 c. bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
  7. 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  8. 1 T. ground cinnamon
  9. 1 t. salt
  10. 1 t. baking soda
  11. 1 t. baking powder
  12. 3/4 c. ground nuts (walnuts and/or macadamia nuts)
  13. 2 T. fresh pineapple sage leaves (ground together with the nuts) - optional
  14. 1 T. clear sanding sugar (large crystals)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x5 bread pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the shredded zucchini in a large mesh strainer and press on it thoroughly. Press as much liquid out of the zucchini as you can.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Fold in the drained zucchini, ground nuts and sage (if using).
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the sugar and zucchini mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour the bread batter into the pan. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with the tablespoon of sanding sugar.
  7. Bake the loaf for 60 - 70 minutes or until loaf springs back when lightly touched and/or a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Allow the loaf to cool for about 15 minutes in the pan. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

Summer is for salads and this Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad is a star. Honestly if we are comparing this salad to a celebrity she’d be a diva. This salad and her dressing want to be noticed. In fact I almost titled my post Drinkable Poppy Seed Dressing because I seriously could have sipped down that whole jar of dressing… it’s that good. 

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

I clearly haven’t been eating enough salads in these summer months because after these photos were snapped I inhaled that whole platter. I transferred the salad to a bowl for less mess while eating. Not just any bowl but a mixing bowl bigger than my head! And I happily ate it all and felt supremely satisfied afterwards.

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

When I eat a salad for dinner it helps to have cooked some part of the meal. It’s a mind trick I guess. So I tossed my fresh asparagus and walnuts in a pan and seared/toasted them for a few minutes. You’ll appreciate the added flavor this provides so don’t skip the searing.

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

As for this dressing it can at least be considered low fat. It’s not low in sugar but that’s what makes it so luscious. Just five ingredients (counting everything) are all that’s needed for poppy seed dressing bliss: sour cream, brown sugar, lemon juice, poppy seeds and salt. So simple for such a satisfying taste experience.

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

Tell me because I really want to know: what’s your favorite salad to eat in the summer? I hope you have a few and I know you’ll want to add this salad to your list!

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing by Foodtastic Mom

Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 6 c. spring mix lettuce
  2. 16 asparagus spears, tough ends removed
  3. 1 c. fresh sweet cherries, pitted and sliced in half
  4. 1/2 c. whole walnuts
  5. 1/2 c. feta cheese, crumbled
  6. cooking spray
  7. 1/2 c. sour cream
  8. 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  9. 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  10. 1 T. poppy seeds
  11. 1/2 t. salt
Instructions
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the asparagus spears and whole walnuts. Cook, tossing occasionally until asparagus is starting to brown, 5 - 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small jar, whisk together the sour cream, brown sugar, lemon juice, poppy seeds and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the cooked asparagus and walnuts, cherries and feta cheese with the spring mix lettuce. Top with the dressing. I had some dressing leftover for another day :)
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Weekly Meal Plan

 

Weekly Meal Plan

Here’s your weekly meal plan! We’ve got pork chops, fried avocado tacos, a cheeseburger macaroni skillet, Cincinnati-style chili, burgers, one of my favorite salads and a summery blackberry tart. Are you hungry yet? I hope so! Have a great week.

Monday

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Tuesday

Oven-Fried Avocado Tacos

Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

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