Mondays got ya down? Day just started off on the wrong foot? Built up frustration over time? Now you do not even know what to make for dinner. You got some meat in the fridge, some vegetables, but you are missing your carbs. Well here is the perfect way to combat the issues. Butter yourself up with some…. MASHED POTATOES.
You can get all your anger out and yet have carbs to console you later.
• 3 pounds of mashed potatoes
• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
• 1/2 cup of butter
• 2/3 cup of whole milk
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 cup of grated Romano cheese, optional
• Salt and pepper to taste
An American classic at your fingertips. Now take it and add it to the classic dishes you got in your back pocket.
My Rating: For cooking, easily a 9 out of 10. Simple steps, simple ingredients and mash the ingredients into submission. I did have to really work the potatoes. I would recommend instead of using a masher or mixer, to use a blender for creaminess effects.
As for as taste, the mashed potatoes are a 7 out of 10. I grew up with mashed potatoes and had them with various spices. This recipe was a basic non-spiced filled version of mashed potatoes. Nice addition to our meatloaf and zucchini noodles but could have added more flavor to our meal. In addition, I also got more mashed potatoes to pair with other meals because of how the taste of mashed potatoes is benign.
Shayne’s Rating: He rates this recipe a 6 out of 10. We usually have the same consensus about food because we mainly eat the same meals. He grew up with mashed potatoes and had them with various spices. That was the first part, second part I made them too chunky for his liking. His rating was based on the flavor and the abilities of my cooking.
What can I say, just an average Jane trying to not spend money on eating out all the time.
I bought all the ingredients at Walmart. No special grocery trips this time. Luckily. I swear I feel like that is my main form of exercise. Going to grocery stores and walking up the aisles to get my supplies. Ha. I really am getting ready for motherhood. Just give me a peloton bike and I am there! Ha just kidding. I really do want a peloton bike at some point but it will take some bargaining with my fiancé. Anyways, here is the price breakdown for these mashed potatoes:
• Potatoes- $3.27 for five pounds
• Water- free from my sink
• Kosher Salt- already had the salt
• Butter- $2.98 for a box of four sticks
• Whole Milk-$2.21
• Cayenne pepper- already had the cayenne pepper
• Grated Romano cheese- did not use Romano cheese
• Salt and pepper to taste- already had salt and pepper
The total cost for me to make the mashed potatoes was $8.46. Definitely more cost efficient than other recipes I have made in the past. Not to mention, I have some left over to pair with other meals as well. Reusing ingredients for other meals, saving my money, and also earning money on my cash back applications.
Millennial Cash Back Application Winnings
While using the Ibotta application, I earned 10 cents back for any item and any bagged coffee on a receipt from Walmart. In total, I got 20 cents cash back. Not bad considering I was not looking at the offers closely.
Fetch Rewards was somewhat scoring me today. I earned receipts. I earned 50 points from Walmart. Not bad for one shopping trip.
For walking into Walmart, I got 10 kicks for just walking in to the store. Shopkick typically does not have the products I shop for, I earn kicks by walking to the store. Though, there is an option to scan promoted items to earn more kicks. An option I don’t utilize, however this will help you later!
For my penny rewards from Coinout, from four receipts I earned eight cents. I earned two cents for two Walmart receipts and two two cents for Sam’s Club receipts. Slowly climbing up the money ladder!
Outcomes and Recommendations
This recipe helps the body in more ways than one. Now have you gotten your frustration out? This recipe is made to help you physically, emotionally, and mentally. You got to beat the shit out of potatoes into submission. Emotionally, you got your frustrations out and get to feel a feeling of peace. Mentally, you get to feel the peace about multiple components.
You are reusing ingredients to have a versatile side dish for many meals. Cheap to make. Customizable toppings. You also earn money back for shopping for these ingredients. Saving money, releasing anger, and feeling at ease about dinner for tomorrow. Can you really be angry or frustrated now?