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I am nothing if not a saver.   I hate to waste things, including foods.  Last night, Mickey and I were talking about how much food is wasted between cooking and then the kids NOT eating what we make (they eat a little, but they usually dislike at least one thing on their plate).   Today we are sharing ideas, as part of a sponsored post, to use the ‘leftovers’ of a food.

We were encouraged to do this, because Hidden Valley® has always encouraged families to love their veggies. As the ongoing food waste problem magnifies, the Hidden Valley®: Taste Not Waste campaign is coming to the table with other foodies to inspire love for previously “unlovable” produce. In support of the USDA goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030, Hidden Valley® wants to inspire families to see that the imperfect can be perfectly tasty.

Potato Skin & Ranch Dressing

Today, I am showing you how to take your “leftover” potato skins, that you would normally throw away, and pairing them with ranch dressing.  All of these recipes can be spiced up with some ranch.

Last night we made Shepard’s pie (where you use mashed potatoes in the casserole) but instead of just throwing away the potato skin, we changed things a bit.   We used the skins to make another recipe.  While Hidden Valley® can help them taste great, the brand is committed to helping change the perception of what “perfect” veggies look like so it’s releasing limited edition bottles of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®. Hidden Valley® changed its iconic label to one featuring less than perfect produce to be sold on eBay – all proceeds from which will benefit Great Nations Eat©.

Here are my favorite ways to use the skin of a potato – the part that we normally just toss:

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato recipe looks great.
Potato skins with bacon and ranch with chicken on top.
WoodRanch BBQ potato skins are so good.   It look like ham, cheese, onions and herbs on top.   Serve it with some ranch dressing for easy dipping.

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These ranch chicken potatoes, made with ranch packets and ranch dressing… these potato skins are so easy to make!
These BBQ chicken potatos are simple for an easy dinner side.
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We love buffalo chicken, so when I saw these Buffalo Chicken Potatoes, I knew that they were perfect for me!
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Layer cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch dressing to make these cheesy potato skins.

Layer planko bread crumbs, sauce, cheddar cheese, pepperoni and parmesan cheese to make these Pizza Potato Skins. 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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