Kid-friendly potato side dishes

We love potato side dishes in all their mouth-watering glory—from creamy scalloped potatoes to sweet-potato fries. (Not to mention all the delicious ways you can add in cheese!)

We’re also pretty pumped that they’re easy to prepare with kids in the kitchen (read: hanging off you while you’re cooking). You can even put the troops to work whisking. assembling and more. The fact that potato sides will please even the pickiest eater in your house is a bonus.

Try our favourite potato-side-dish recipes for your next family meal and use up that giant bag of potatoes from your last grocery run.

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Skinny scalloped potatoes in a green pot

Ready in: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Why we love it: Our recipe for scalloped potatoes is lighter than the traditional version that relies on cream, butter and flour—but it’s still smooth, creamy and delicious.

How kids can help: Your kid will get a kick out of the easy potato-assembly work here including arranging a layer of sliced potatoes in the baking dish, pouring a third of the leek mixture over the potatoes and repeating the layers twice to end with the leek mixture on top.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
By using soup mix and milk instead of cream and butter, these scalloped potatoes go light on fat and heavy on taste.

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Creamy scalloped potatoes recipe

Ready in: 3 hours

Why we love it: Thinly sliced creamy, cheesy potatoes with crispy edges—what’s not to love?

How kids can help: Teach them the art of layering with this recipe: Potato, cheese, cream sauce, repeat.

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Grilled potato salad with green onion dressing

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: This potato salad is one of our favourite grilled-potato side dishes. We’re suckers for red potatoes with creamy salad dressings because they make a perfect combo for a summery BBQ, picnic or family holiday any time of year.

How kids can help: After you’re done boiling the potatoes, your kid can toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper. (Let them cool down first so they’re not too hot to touch!) Once the spuds are off the grill (or a ridged skillet if you’re doing prep indoors), the kiddos can also make the topping by combining the roasted red peppers, green onions, yogurt and mayo in a bowl. No finger-licking allowed!

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TIME-SAVING TIP
You can shave off at least 10 minutes from your pre-dinner prep by boiling the potatoes in advance, even the day before.

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Lemon Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Ready in: 33 minutes

Why we love it: Roasted potatoes make a classic and delicious side to almost any meal, and the seasoning couldn’t be easier with fresh lemon and herbs.

How kids can help: Kids can be on potato-peeling duty (under supervision), or help whisk up the simple marinade.

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Sweet potato fries with bbq mayonnaise

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: With only three ingredients, these easy sweet-potato fries for kids are one of the easiest sweet-potato recipes out there! Plus, they take only 15 minutes to prepare and your picky eaters will be sure to devour them with ketchup. (Though we prefer the BBQ mayo dip ourselves!)

How kids can help: Get your kid to roll up their sleeves, wash their hands and toss the sweet potatoes in mayo before baking. (This step helps make them extra moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.)

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
Sweet potatoes are extra high in vitamin A,[1] which is important for normal vision, as well as a well-functioning immune system, heart, and pair of kidneys and lungs.[2] We also love that you can bake these sweet-potato fries for kids with minimal oil.

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Creamy mash with kale and bacon recipe

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: This spin on Irish mashed potatoes may be the most brilliant way to get kids to eat kale.

How kids can help: Kids are obsessed with mashing potatoes and you will be their best friend for letting them. They can also sprinkle the bacon bits over the dish at the end.

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Garlic herb smashed potatoes

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: Cooking these potatoes twice—first by boiling and then by baking—makes them super crispy. The oil, garlic and fresh herbs in the dressing work alongside almost any main, but you can switch things up with toppings like sour cream, bacon and cheese for an extra-indulgent dish.

How kids can help: Once the potatoes are boiled and cooled down, get your kid to flatten each one with the back of a measuring cup or bowl before you dress them with the butter mixture and put them in the oven.

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TIME-SAVING TIP
To pull this one together quickly, prepare the butter mixture ahead, cover and refrigerate. When you’re ready to bake, simply warm the butter mixture in the microwave before brushing it onto the potatoes, then pop the dish into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

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Crunchy potato wedges recipe

Ready in: 50 minutes

Why we love it: This recipe just goes to show that good old cereal has transcended breakfast as an essential pantry staple.

How kids can help: Ask them to crush the cornflakes by hand onto a large plate. (This task was practically made for kids, right?) You’ll use the crumbs to coat the wedges in after they’ve been dipped in the egg mixture.

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HEALTH HIGHLIGHT
To reap all the health benefits of potatoes, don’t miss out on the skins! Eating potato skins will give you more fibre, vitamins and minerals than eating the flesh alone.[3]

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