Thursday, May 6, 2010

Family Fitness and Homemade Hutspot

Here in the de Jong household, every year has had a theme. 2006 was "Fall in Love." 2007 was "Adjust to Marriage." 2008 was "Pregnancy." 2009 was "Adjust to Parenthood."

2010 is "Family Fitness." In addition to making an effort to be more active, both Niels and I are trying to get to a healthy weight. This makes meals interesting, because Niels is trying to gain weight, while I am focused on losing it! And, now that Daniel eats what we eat, we've been much more mindful of what we serve. Last year we started a habit of trying three new recipes a week. We didn't always make our goal, but we did greatly expand our menu options. We've continued this tradition this year, and as my confidence has grown, so has the variety of our meals.

One of Niels' favorite Dutch meals is hutspot, which is basically potatoes and carrots mashed together:

(follow the link for nutritional information)

1¼ hours | 20 min prep

SERVES 8 -10

6 onions
6 carrots
8 potatoes
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter

  • Dice & boil onions and carrots 20 minutes. I actually found some rainbow carrots. They come in shades of red, orange and yellow. I thought they'd add a festive look! Aren't they pretty?!
  • Drain.
  • Boil peeled and quartered potatoes 20-25 minutes, til tender. We use red potatoes because they taste great even with the skins on them, and I'm all about saving the time of peeling them!
  • Drain and dry thoroughly.
  • Add onions and carrots mash well.
  • Add salt, pepper, butter and milk.
  • Mix.
  • Warm all together and serve hot.

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