Since then, we've started making Ultimate Mashed Potatoes more regularly. Our favorite is a mix of sausage, caramelized onions, caramelized mushrooms, and a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika. A sprinkle of cheddar on top of the bowl rounds out all the flavors.
We've also made more of a hash using cabbage, leftover ground beef, and a little mustard. We can make a free-form shepherd's pie with the same leftover ground beef by adding peas and carrots instead. Red peppers and artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower, pulled pork and beans - whatever combination of veggies and leftovers we have in the fridge. Get the idea?!
This is rarely a meal that we plan ahead for, but that we can always make if we're lacking inspiration for something else. To make the potatoes a little healthier for these non-special occasion weeknights, we also use yogurt and some of the starchy cooking water instead of butter and cream.
Is this a meal in your house too?