Snacks & Light Meals
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Ham and Potato Tostadas
The crunchy tostada shell makes a tasty base for yummy toppings. A great snack, particularly if there are left-over roasted or boiled potatoes in the fridge!
1 tostada shell
1 slice of lean deli ham, halved
1/2 cup (125 ml) cooked Ontario potatoes, cubed
2 tbsp (25 ml) shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp (15 ml) thinly sliced green onion
Put tostada shell on a small microwavable plate.
Arrange pieces of ham over tostada shell. Top with cooked potato and sprinkle with cheese and green onion.
Put in microwave and cook on high until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 30 seconds. Let cool slightly before eating.
Makes 1 serving.
Per serving: 205 calories, 10 g protein, 9 g fat, 23 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 384 mg sodium,
Hawaiian Potato Tostadas - Add canned pineapple chunks and diced green peppers with potatoes and replace the cheddar with mozzarella
Pizzazz Potato Tostadas - Replace the ham with pepperoni slices and spoon a little pizza sauce on top; add potatoes and sprinkle with Mozzarella and any of your other favourite pizza toppings.
Potato Club Tostadas - Replace the ham with sliced turkey, add potatoes, crumbled bacon and cheese. Microwave as above and top with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes before serving.
Pizza- Stuffed Potatoes
Kids will love to make and eat this recipe! Microwaved baking potatoes stuffed with sure-fire pizza toppings. Adult slices potatoes. Kids microwave potato halves, scoop out insides to prepare filling, and stuff potatoes.
2 baking potatoes (Russets), unpeeled, washed
2 oz. (50 g) pepperoni slices, cut in quarters
Other favourite pizza toppings such as sliced olive, bell peppers, etc. (optional)
1/4 cup (50 mL) tomato sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 tsp (5 mL) soft margarine or butter
1/3 cup (75 mL) grated cheddar cheese
Use large sharp knife to cut potatoes in half along lengths of potatoes. Use a fork to prick each potato skin three times.
Place potatoes cut side down on microwaveable plate. Microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes, or until a fork pierces potato easily. Leave potatoes on plate, but remove plate from microwave and cover with clean tea towel for 5 minutes to let potatoes cook some more.
Meanwhile, mix pepperoni, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and margarine or butter in a bowl. Set aside.
After potatoes have been under the tea towel 5 minutes, use a spoon to scoop out potato inside each half, leaving a thin shell of potato inside skins. Put scooped potato into bowl of pepperoni mixture. Stir gently to mix together.
Fill potato shells with potato-pepperoni mixture. Sprinkle tops with grated Cheddar. To finish cooking, place on baking sheet and bake 15 to 20 minutes in a regular oven preheated to 400 F (200 C), until cheese is lightly browned. Or heat in toaster oven until cheese is browned.
Makes 4 Pizza-Style Stuffed Potatoes.
Per serving: 212 calories, 8 g protein, 11 g fat, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 471 mg sodium
Potato and Cheese Pancakes
The smokey cheese adds another element of flavour to these crisp pancakes. Serve with sour cream and salsa on their own or as an accompaniment to chicken, fish or beef.
2 long Ontario potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded smoked provolone or old cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh parsley and basil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
1 tbsp (15 mL) each butter and vegetable oil
In saucepan bring water to boil. Add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Grate potato into bowl. Add cheese, egg, garlic, parsley and basil, salt and pepper and stir until combined.
Heat butter and oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat.Using 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the mixture, place in pan and flatten slightly to form pancake. Cook, turning once for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Per 1 pancake serving: 110 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g fat, 11 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 140 mg sodium, 200 mg potassium
Source of Vitamins B12 and C, Source of Calcium
Potato Samosa Pitas
A vegetarian sandwich with a fragrant Indian-style potato filling for families who want a tasty change of pace.
1 lb. (500 g) Ontario mini or regular-size red or white potatoes, unpeeled
2/3 cup (150 mL) frozen peas
1/3 cup (75 mL) low-fat plain yogurt
1 stalk green onion, snipped into small pieces with scissors (1/4 cup/50 mL)
2 tbsp (30 mL) tomato sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) garam masala (optional)*
1/2 tsp (3 mL) finely chopped garlic (pre-chopped from jar or chopped by adult)
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) lime juice (optional)
Three 6-inch (15 cm) whole-wheat or plain pita breads
* A fragrant, non-hot Indian spice available in supermarket spice sections or bulk spices.
Cut unpeeled potatoes in 1/2-inch (1 cm) dice. (An adult should peel and dice for young children.) Place in microwavable bowl, cover and heat on high 6 minutes, or until potato is tender and can be pierced with a fork. Use oven mitts when removing cover. Be careful, steam from bowl is hot. Pour frozen peas over potatoes, re-cover. Cook on high another 2 minutes. Set aside.
Put in saucepan (no heat at this point), yogurt, green onion, tomato sauce, olive oil, cumin, garam masala (if using), garlic and salt. Turn heat to medium-low, stir mixture and gently simmer 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
Add potatoes and peas to saucepan and mix well. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until most of yogurt mixture is soaked up by potatoes. Take off heat. Stir in lime juice, if using. Use a potato masher or wooden spoon to break apart potato chunks, but do not mash completely.
To make samosa sandwiches, cut pita breads in half. Use fingers to split open pockets. Fill each pocket with about 1/2 cup (125 mL) potato mixture. Gently press pita bread to even out potato layer. Fill six pita halves.
Place pitas on baking sheet. Bake about 8 minutes in 350 F (180 C) oven, or until pita bread is crisped and filling is warmed through. (Note: Filling can be covered and chilled up to two days for sandwich-making as required).
Makes 6 Potato Samosa Pitas.
Per serving: 181 calories, 6 g protein, 4 g fat, 33 g carbohydrates, 4 g fibre, 309 mg sodium
Tex-Mex Potato Coins
Crunchy on the outside, tender inside, this snack has just a hint of the Tex-Mex spice that kids love. For added pizzazz, serve with tomato salsa, green onions, sour cream, even chili! A fun way to eat red or white potatoes.
1 1/2 lb. (750 g) Ontario white or red potatoes, unpeeled
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive or vegetable oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) Tex-Mex spice*
1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream
1/2 cup (125 mL) tomato salsa
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped green onion (optional)
1 cup (250 mL) canned chili, heated (optional)
* Available in supermarket spices section.
Preheat oven to 450 F (230 C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch (0.5 cm) thick rounds. For young kids, a parent should slice the potatoes. Either place slices in heavy plastic bag with oil and Tex-Mex spice, close bag and shake well to coat potato slices with spices, or mix potato slices in large bowl with oil and spice.
Spread potato slices on lined baking sheet. Bake in oven about 35 to 40 minutes or until slices are crisp-edged and browned. Turn baking sheet around if some coins begin to burn before others have browned. Transfer to serving platter.
Serve immediately with sour cream, salsa, green onion and chili, if using.
Makes one Tex-Mex Potato Coins snack platter (4 to 6 servings).
Per serving: 169 calories, 4 g protein, 12 g fat, 23 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 353 mg sodium