Easy Cheese Bubble & Squeak | thumb in plum

New Years resolutions never really seem to work with me. Every year my resolutions always revolve around food or health. A couple years ago it was to be full vegetarian but then Thanksgiving rolled around (who can say no to free-range turkey?). Last year I was going to go back to giving up mammal meat again. That went out the door before the end of the month. But this time I'm feeling confident because I have Siah on-board.

This year we both plan on:
     Having meatless Mondays
     Grain-free weekdays (we're not considering quinoa a grain)
     Free weekends!

I'm sure that having a partner will be the key to success this year, as well as moderation. Slowly but surely we're moving on to a healthier lifestyle. Tonight was part of that process.
For our first Meatless Monday night I made a vegetarian bubble and squeak. I adapted it from vegetarian and vegetable cooking by Christine Ingram. It's easy, it's cheesy, it's fast (sense a theme, no?). Filled with spinach to give a nutritional boost and cheese for protein, it's a rounded meal. 

Easy Cheese Bubble & Squeak | thumb in plum

Easy Cheese Bubble & Squeak Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups boxed mashed potatoes (dehydrated)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Oil for pan frying
  • Sour cream to garnish
  1. In a large mixing bowl add dehydrated potatoes, cheddar cheese, celery salt, pepper, and spinach. Mix it up
  2. Make a well in the middle of the mix and add ricotta. Mix the egg into the milk and pour a little over the ricotta, mixing to loosen it up. Slowly incorporate the milk mixture while stirring everything together
  3. When everything is even the mix should resemble a dough. Separate into 6 equal pieces. Roll into balls and flatten with your hand; should resemble a hamburger patty
  4. Heat a slight amount of oil in a pan and fry the patties till golden and crispy, flip and do the same to the other side
  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream
Siah likes them with even more cheese. I like them with a couple dashes of hot sauce. Eva likes them plain. She cleaned her plate, so you know they're good.


  1. I've got to try to make these! Thanx:)

    1. Happy New Years! Thanks for looking. Let me know how it works for you

  2. Anonymous1/11/2013

    These sound great! I've never heard of a bubble and squeak (at least not when it comes to food! LOL). Love the new year's resolutions. I can totally relate to breaking food resolutions as time passes. I think the free weekends are a good middle ground to ease into the other transitions... Grain-free has always intrigued me, but since I don't cook meat (and my husband doesn't eat it), that seems to minimize any possible things we could down to just veggies and fruit, haha.

    1. Thanks Jules! Siah just told me that he wants to do it 24/7 now & I had to remind him he couldn't even last the first day lol. Definitely need something to help with transitioning. I'll keep updating how we're feeling, if we're losing weight, etc.
      I can't imagine being a grain-free vegetarian. No thank you, hehe.