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Make Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar for Lunch Boxes

This easy recipe for Make Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar for Lunch Boxes was created as a pairing for Yoplait Go-GURT Protein. All opinions are my own.

Lunch Box with Mashed Potato Bowl and GoGurt Protein

August and September are always hot times for lunch box ideas. They appear all over the place — on blogs, websites and in magazines. Readers devour them. But, before you can blink, it’s pumpkin and apple season. It doesn’t matter that we are all still packing lunch boxes every day — that’s not the it topic anymore.

But my friend Cate and I know that lunch box packing remains an important subject all year long. That’s why we created The Lunch Box Ladies.  Couldn’t you use some lunch box inspiration in October? Or February? Or any time during the school year? And that’s also why I was so excited when Yoplait Go-GURT asked me to create a recipe to pack in lunch boxes with their new Yoplait Go-GURT Protein yogurt tubes.

GoGurt Protein Box

Have you seen the new Yoplait Go-GURT Protein? They are the latest thing from the Yoplait line of yogurt in tubes. Each tube has 5 grams of protein but they still have the same great taste that my kids adore. And I love that they contain no high-fructose corn syrup.

GoGurt Protein in Lunch Box

Since these yogurts are so rich in protein, I decided to create a vegetarian lunch box that’s both fun and tasty for my son. This covers both his snack time and lunch at school. Here’s what I included:

  • Make Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar
  • Yoplait Go-GURT Protein Strawberry Superstar Yogurt
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Banana

Also, I wanted to pass along my very favorite tip for yogurt tubes: freeze them. When you keep them frozen and tuck them into lunch boxes, they keep food in the lunch box cold while slowly defrosting during the day. Best of all, when it’s time to eat them, they are still cold for kids.

Make Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar for Lunch Boxes

Now, these mashed potato bowls. Piping hot mashed potatoes. Tender, steamed broccoli. Sharp cheddar. It’s a delicious combination that my kids love — and yet so simple. You whip up a basic, easy batch of mashed potatoes. Store them in the fridge. Then, when you need to pack lunches, just spoon mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheddar into insulated containers.

Easy. Simple. Delicious. And absolutely perfect served with fresh fruit and protein-rich Yoplait GoGurt Protein. Score one for the mama.

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potato Bowls

PS – Be sure to also check out how Cate used the Go-Gurt Protein tubes in a lunch for her kids!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar

Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Bowls with Broccoli and Cheddar

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 4 medium red potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed to crisp tender.
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large pot, heat the potatoes covered with water to boiling. Continue to boil for 15-20 minutes, until tender. Drain well. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Stir in the milk, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  2. To prepare the mashed potato bowls, heat the mashed potatoes to extra hot (2-3 minutes in the microwave, stirring after each minute). Divide evenly among four insulated food containers (don’t fill more than 2/3 of the container with mashed potatoes. If there is extra, save for another day).
  3. Reheat the broccoli (or steam to tender) and divide evenly among the bowls. Top each bowl with cheddar cheese. Seal tightly, and enjoy at school or work.

Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe, but all opinions are my own.


Thursday 31st of October 2013

This looks sooo delish and healthy! Great lunch idea!

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Wednesday 30th of October 2013

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Wednesday 30th of October 2013

Vegetarian lunch ideas are always appreciated since that's a requirement at my son's preschool!

Sarah W. Caron

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

Wow, really? I haven't heard of that before.


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I love this idea! One thing I always have trouble with is keeping warm foods warm when there are cold foods in the lunchbox.

Sarah W. Caron

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

Patsy, my son and I were just talking about that yesterday. He said that one of the containers I use isn't as good as the others. Today, I tried the hot water trick (putting hot water in first to warm the container). But I am thinking this could be a good experiment for The Lunch Box Ladies to try!

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