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How to Make Potatoes in the Microwave in 10 MinutesI enjoy preparing a homemade meal for my family as often as possible. It can be time consuming, but it’s very rewarding to me. However, there are those days where nothing seems to go right, I lose track of time, or we are running errands all day. Then the next thing I know, dinner needs to get on the table. What can I do? What can I make? I am continuously trying to find ways and recipes to simply my kitchen to make things easier on me and is still healthier for my family.

When my husband and I first started dating and got to share our first family holidays together, he made this cranberry salad for everyone. I never really ate cranberries, but when I tried his dish, I was going back for second and thirds. This easy recipe takes no more that 15 minutes to make and creates a perfect side dish for the holidays.

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Now the recipe :)

Southwest Salad
Yields 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

2 c. brown rice
1-15 oz. can black beans, reduced sodium, drained and rinsed
2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder

Variations:

Try the recipe without the rice and add a second can of black beans.
Serve warm as a side dish or chilled as an appetizer with chips.
Add diced grilled chicken for a quick entree.
Add an extra jalapeno for a little more kick.
Double the recipe. Makes great leftovers!

Thank you Samantha for letting me share a favorite recipe that is super easy to make and always a hit with family and friends.

One of my favorite foods to cook with are potatoes. I think I could eat potatoes every day. This is one of my favorite side dishes to make with potatoes. It takes a little longer than most of my side dishes I make, but it is worth it. I like to make it with steaks, vegetables, and a salad. If you like cheesy and tasty potatoes, you are sure to love these! Enjoy!

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe

Author: Samantha @ Nifty Mom

Recipe type: Side Dish

  • 5-6 potatoes, sliced into ¼" slices
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic salt to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • Bacon Bits (optional)
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 2¼ cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 1 quart casserole dish with foil.
  2. Layer ½ of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt (and bacon bits if you choose). Set the second half of the potatoes aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan on medium heat. After it melts, add the flour and stir with a whisk for approx. 60 seconds. Add in the milk. Cook until mixture has thickened, stirring often (takes a few minutes). Mix in the cheese, and continue stirring until melted.
  5. Pour half the cheese mixture over the potatoes.
  6. Add the rest of the potatoes, season again, and pour the rest of the cheese mixture over it (add bacon bits if you'd like).
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. Enjoy!



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