Seven Meals Under Seven Dollars and a Recipe for Meat ‘n Potato Bites (Podcast #51)

Meat 'n Potato BitesImagine a dinner that costs less than seven dollars for a family of four!  Talk about budget busting meals. In this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, we share seven nutritious, delicious, cost-cutting dishes that you and your family are sure to love. Our first recipe for Ravioli & Chard Lasagna is easy, kid friendly, and costs just $1.75 per serving.  The other recipes include Potato Ole Omelet, Vegetable Garden Tofu Pie, Corny Salmon Cakes, Chicken & Broccoli Casserole, Slow Cooked BBQ Beef, and Tuscan Minestrone Soup.  You can find them under the Recipes section of our main site or on Life Script, a women’s wellness website.  We are pleased to announce that as of earlier this week, we are Life Script’s official new Family Nutrition Experts, so we hope you’ll visit us there from time to time!

The day we recorded this podcast, Janice happened to have some leftover mashed potatoes and steak in her fridge.  For lunch, we decided to create a new recipe which we’re calling, Meat ‘n Potato Bites.  We talked about these yummy little bites during the show because they cost little to make — just $2.64 for the entire recipe — and our kids gobbled them up!

Meat 'n Potato Bites

Meat ‘n Potato Bites

Makes 4 Servings (about 16 “bites”)

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped leftover cooked steak
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1. In a bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, egg, flour, baking powder, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Gently stir in the steak and peas.

2. Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

3. Add about half the potato mixture to the skillet in rounded tablespoons.  Flatten gently with the back of a spoon. Cook 4 minutes, flip the potato bites, flatten again using a spoon or spatula, and cook an additional 4 minutes until crispy and brown.  Repeat with the remaining oil and potato mixture.

Nutrition Information per Serving (4 “bites”):  220 calories, 7g fat (1.5g saturated), 180mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 11g protein, 10% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C, 15% iron

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5 responses to “Seven Meals Under Seven Dollars and a Recipe for Meat ‘n Potato Bites (Podcast #51)”

  1. Dakotapam says:

    I’m going to have to try that lasagna! I have some lasagna nuts in my house!

    ps. Your Life Script link is broken.

  2. Thanks Pam. Link should be working now. Let us know what your gang thinks about the lasagna!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I can’t wait to try the lasagna – I had to grocery shop tonight and that was the first thing on my list!

  4. Alison says:

    I have just discovered the Meal Makeover Moms and I am having so much fun trying all kinds of new recipes and listening to your podcasts on my iPod. I was listening to podcast #51 and there was mention of using chicken broth in your mashed potatoes. I have to admit that I never make good mashed potatoes and they always seem heavy and dry and stuck together. Can you share how you make mashed potatoes? Thanks!

  5. Hi Alison:

    Thanks for posting your comment. We’d be happy to share our recipe for mashed potatoes. In fact, we have a video on our website that shows how to make them at this link:

    Here is the recipe:

    Let us know if you try the recipe and how your family likes it!

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