Potatoes are the ideal kid-friendly vegetable – they cook quickly, they can be smashed, mashed, boiled, and baked into just about any shape or size, and with just a little bit of seasoning, they taste delicious. Baked and mashed are undoubtedly the most standard way to serve potatoes at the dinner table, but if you’re looking to mix it up and serve your tubers in a more exciting way, there are an unbelievable amount of options that are simple, kid-friendly, and above all else, tasty. In addition to cheese and garlic, jazz up your potato dishes with any vegetable you can think of, from broccoli to zucchini, to make sure there is an extra kick of nutrition on your kid’s dinner plate.
If you’ve already made a potato dish for dinner and now, you’re looking for a way to use up the leftovers, look no further – we’ve got you covered. Mashed potatoes make the perfect base for crispy baked potato nuggets, mashed potato casserole, zucchini potato tots, and even savory potato pudding. Kids will love having a crunchy, dippable treat for lunch or a snack, and choosing their favorite pizza toppings for pizza smashed potatoes lets them take charge and have fun in the kitchen. Check out our guide to 16 delicious potato recipes for kids for the best ideas to take your potato dishes to a whole new level.
Mashed Potato Nuggets
If you’re not sure how to use up your leftover mashed potatoes from dinner last night, here’s your answer – these mashed potato nuggets are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes.
30 minutes 150 calories Easy
Cheesy Mashed Potato Bites
These cheesy mashed potato bites are delicious and kid-friendly, and adding in steamed broccoli gives these a nutritious kick.
25 minutes 150 calories Easy
Irish Potato Bites
Kids will love these mini stuffed baked potatoes, packed with spinach, cheese, and turkey for a protein-packed snack.
35 minutes 175 calories Easy
Pizza Smashed Potatoes
Add your favorite toppings to these pizza smashed potatoes for a fun and cheesy snack your kids will be excited to take the lead on making.
10 minutes 50 calories Easy
Mashed Potato Casserole
Garlic and cheese make this mashed potato casserole a creamy, flavorful dish your kids will go crazy for.
1h 00m 220 calories Easy
Mashed Potato Pancakes
Serve these crispy potato pancakes alongside turkey and stuffing for a delightful twist on mashed potatoes at the Thanksgiving table.
15 minutes 150 calories Easy
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet and savory roasted sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish the whole family will love, and they’re ready in just 35 minutes.
35 minutes 175 calories Easy
Mexican Sweet Potato Boats
Sweet potato boats loaded with black beans, corn, and cheddar cheese are a great way to serve sweet potatoes to the whole family.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
Homemade Potato Salad
This potato salad is simple and classic, and gives plenty of opportunity to mix in your favorite flavors and spices to make it your own.
30 minutes 300 calories Easy
Cream of Potato Soup
This soup is creamy, comforting, and a great way to enjoy potatoes without frying or mashing.
20 minutes 270 calories Easy
Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Ham and Broccoli Sauce
Potato gnocchi are easy to make and even easier to enjoy with this luscious and velvety ham and broccoli sauce.
35 minutes 405 calories Easy
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Make French fries a healthier side dish at home with these sweet potato fries that are crispy and baked instead of fried.
40 minutes 160 calories Easy
Baked Zucchini Potato Tots
Get veggies on the dinner plate in a fun way with these tots that are packed with zucchini, potatoes, and cheddar cheese.
30 minutes 180 calories Easy
One-Pan Cheesy Potatoes and Green Peas
This cheesy, comforting dish is a delicious, family-friendly dinner that comes together all in one pan.
25 minutes 285 calories Easy
Egg and Potato Bake
Bring the classic egg and potato breakfast together in one cheesy, comforting casserole that’s perfect for breakfast or lunch.
45 minutes 200 calories Easy
Savory Potato Pudding
These individual potato puddings are dairy, gluten, and nut-free, and make for a great substitute for hash browns at breakfast.
1h 00m 170 calories Easy