Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly! #potatoes #healthyrecipes #freezerfriendly #batchcooking #cauliflower

I think that kids and Moms might be about even when it comes to skill at hiding vegetables.

Kids seem pretty good at hiding veggies to avoid eating them and Moms seem to be pretty adept at hiding veggies in their food so they do eat them. Whether it be grated zucchini in muffins, carrots in pasta sauce or any other variation of Guerilla vegetable bombing, moms seem to have a special talent for getting their kids to eat more vegetables in sneaky and creative ways.

Since I made my healthy lifestyle changes I have been pretty lucky that my family is on board. That being said, there are certain food items that are sacred and not to be messed with. Mashed potatoes is one of them, but I decided to break the rules and let my inner Veggie Ninja loose.


 

Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes

Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
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As far as sides go, twice baked potatoes are delicious, plus they seem fancy! But lets face it, they are kind of a pain in the butt. Anyone who says that they aren’t is a lie teller. This is why making twice baked potatoes is probably one of my favorite things to batch cook and keep in the freezer. The other reason that this is such a great idea is that you can get large bags of russet potatoes for pretty cheap. If you want to have one day of craziness prepping these to enjoy lots of smooth sailing later, It totally ends up being worth it.

The recipe below uses the homemade “Ranch” base mix we posted last week. Part of our intention with this site is to show how versatile your cooking can be with only basic ingredients, so you will see many of our recipes here reuse spice mixes and dressings.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix- For Creamy Ranch Vegetable Pasta Salad

There is no reason for any extra B.S. in your already hectic day. We’ve got you covered 😉

When left as-is this recipe is not vegan or dairy free, however replacing the butter and milk with vegan options of your choice and omitting the Parmesan cheese makes it easy to adapt.

If you do choose to double (or triple!) the recipe and freeze, make sure to wrap each potato individually or flash freeze for best results. When it’s time to cook them, pop them in the oven low and slow- approximately 35-45 minutes at about 325 degrees (make sure to keep an eye on them as ovens can vary).

Although this recipe is “lightened up” keep in mind portion control. 1 potato “half” is about 150 calories. They are so yummy it’s hard to stick with just one half!

Here’s a couple of items I used to get the job done. These are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase through these links we will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Score! And high five for supporting our kitchen adventures. You rock!
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Potato Masher with Cushioned Handle
Oster Versa 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender

 

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Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes
Since the dawn of time (probably), Moms have been unleashing their inner "Veggie Ninja" to get more vegetables into their kid's (and husbands!) diets. This recipe is a "lightened up" version of mashed potatoes that features hidden cauliflower and an amazing Sour Cream and Onion flavor!
Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
Course Sides
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Stuffed Potatoes
Ingredients
Course Sides
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Stuffed Potatoes
Ingredients
Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
Instructions
  1. Scrub potatoes, lightly coat in oil and pierce with a fork (I pierce 3 times on both sides). Bake in the oven on a baking sheet at 300 degrees for 35 minutes until cooked.
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  2. While potatoes are cooking, steam cauliflower florets over a small amount of water on the stovetop until softened (approximately 10-15 minutes).
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  3. Once softened, blend cauliflower in a blender or food processor with 3-4 tbsps of milk (no more as you don't want this to get runny) and the 2 garlic cloves. Blend until smooth.
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  4. When the potatoes are done, use a spoon to transfer the baked potato out of the skins, leaving empty "boats". Leave the empty skins on the baking sheet to refill later.
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  5. Add milk and butter to potato mixture and mash well with a potato masher. Add Greek Yogurt and Parmesan cheese and keep mashing until smooth-keeping in mind they don't need to be perfect 😉
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  6. Take the cauliflower/garlic mixture and mix well into the mashed potatoes. Add the "Ranch" spice mix (don't forget to shake well as the powders will have settled!)
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
  7. Scoop your mashed potato mixture back into the potato skins. Put back in the oven at about 375 degrees until warmed through.
    Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!
Recipe Notes

For the Ranch Seasoning Base Mix, click here!

  • To adapt this recipe to be vegan, use vegan butter and nut milk of your choice. Omit the Parmesan cheese.
  • If you would like, top the potatoes with cheese prior to baking the second time
  • PRO TIP! Make extras or in batches and FREEZE! Twice baked potatoes freeze well when individually wrapped or flash frozen and they reheat like a charm (bake in the oven at about 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes to cook through from frozen)

Veggie Ninja Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes! Hide your veggies with these lightened up twice baked potatoes that are yummy and freezer friendly!

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