O is for Onion
Q is for Quinoa

P is for Potatoes

This is a part of our month-long Eating the Alphabet ProjectClick here to learn more about the book and project, and to see a list of all the recipes and activities.


Pesto Potato Salad

adapted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger.


  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly packed basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. 
  2. While potatoes cook, make pesto: In a food processor combine nuts and garlic powder and pulse until nuts are chopped. Add basil, Parmesan and lemon juice and process until finely chopped. With the machine running, add oil and process until well blended. Place pesto in serving bowl.
  3. Drain potatoes and set aside until cool enough to handle. Quarter potatoes and add to bowl with pesto. Add chopped peppers and stir to combine. Chill until completely cooled.

    Pesto Potato Salad


Rolling Potato Painting

Hand and eye coordination get a fun workout with this take on marble painting that creates neat abstract art.



  • A Box: a large shoe box or medium shipping box works well
  • Paper, trimmed to fit in the bottom of the box
  • Small, Round Red Potatoes
  • Cups
  • Washable Poster Paint
  • Plastic spoon
  1. Lay paper in the bottom of the box.

    Rolling Potato Painting
  2. Place a potato in one of the plastic cups and squeeze paint over the it. Roll the potato around in the cup so it is thoroughly coated.

    Rolling Potato Painting
  3. Using the plastic spoon, lift the potato out of the cup and place it in the box.
  4. Tilt the box from side to side and forward and backward to roll the potato across the paper.

    Rolling Potato Painting
  5. Repeat with another potato and another color paint, as many times as you want!

    Rolling Potato Painting

    Rolling Potato Painting
  6. Lay flat to dry.

      Rolling Potato Painting


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Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories

What a fun idea to paint with potatoes! We had some small potatoes from my aunt's garden that my son would steal from the kitchen and carry around the house. He said he wanted to play with them like his rocks. He would be beside himself if I let him paint with them. :)

Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase.

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