Introducing: The Savory Sitter


by Jan 6th, 2011 // Dinner, Healthy, Kid-tastic

Introducing: The Savory Sitter

Introducing: The Savory Sitter

This is Heather, our go-to baby sitter. She’s holding my baby girl. Aren’t they cute? When I first met Heather, I’d often instruct her to heat up chicken nuggets in the toaster. Shortly after she started sitting for us, she took a hostess job in one of Suzanne Goin’s restaurants and subsequently started her own food blog Three More Big Bites. That’s when I stopped suggesting nuggets and started asking Heather what kinds of things she wanted to make with the kids. Heather was full of great ideas about what she could cook with my kid and I decided to start The Savory Sitter Series. The Savory Sitter Series will be filled with baby sitter friendly recipes and ideas that guarantee a thoughtful meal will be served, even in your absence. Take it away, Heather!

Introducing: The Savory Sitter

Hi! Heather the babysitter here. For most evening babysitters out there, the easiest dinner option is picking up the phone and ordering a pizza. As much as I love an excuse to chow down on pizza while catching up with my favorite kids, it’s a lot more entertaining (and more nutritious) for us to make something at home, from scratch, with vegetables and all.

Introducing: The Savory Sitter

This baked potato bar makes for such an easy and fun dinner activity. Rebecca already had some russet potatoes in the fridge. All I had to do was wash them, turn on the oven and pop them in. We built a Lego spaceship while the potatoes were baking. When they were done, I lined up some kid-friendly the toppings in small bowls with serving spoons and we each made our own tater towers! It was the perfect, foolproof, babysitter meal. Now for the recipe…

Baked Potato Bar Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time: 45 mins to 1 hour


2 russet potatoes
1 can turkey chili, heated
1/2 white onion, finely diced
1 /2 plum tomato, finely diced
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and dry the potatoes. Using a fork or skewer, poke a few holes in the potato skin before placing directly on oven rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until skin is loose and potatoes are soft. While potatoes cool, set up chili, onions, tomato, cheese, sour cream and chives in separate small bowls with serving spoons. Cut potatoes lengthwise to create a trough for the toppings. Top potatoes as desired!

PS: Moms, if you are leaving right around dinner time, you can put the potatoes in the oven while you’re getting ready and the sitter can set up the toppings bar upon arrival!

Introducing: The Savory Sitter


17 Comments on “Introducing: The Savory Sitter”

  1. 1.) Dana
    January 6th, 2011

    Heather, you look great and so does your blog! Can't wait to see more of you on here. I am so guilty of leaving the babysitter with a delivery pizza box in addition to my kids!

  2. 2.) yoko
    January 6th, 2011

    Yahooooooot! I love Heather!!!!

  3. 3.) Marisa
    January 6th, 2011

    Sitter Series? Genius. Baked potato bar? So fun! Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  4. 4.) Debbie
    January 6th, 2011

    Oh, the baked potato bar. I haven't encountered one since the sorority house. Might need to make this for dinner tonight, sitter or not.

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    January 6th, 2011

    That really made me laugh!

  6. 6.) Jacqueline
    January 6th, 2011

    I am always looking for new meals to cook with the kids that I babysit!! Loving this series!!

  7. 7.) Kelli
    January 6th, 2011

    Ok, I want Heather as MY Sitter!!

  8. 8.) HP
    January 6th, 2011

    Thanks Dana! I'm so glad you like it. I'm honored to be a part of Cooking With My Kid!

  9. 9.) HP
    January 6th, 2011

    I love you too Yoko!!!

  10. 10.) Jenny
    January 7th, 2011

    I GET her as my sister! yay! this is a great post, Heather. Love the idea of a potato bar. i can attest that everything you make is amazing so I can't wait to see the next post in this series!

  11. 11.) HP
    January 7th, 2011

    Me too! And I wasn't even there.

  12. 12.) HP
    January 7th, 2011

    I'm so glad to hear from another babysitter! More fun and tasty babysitter meals to come! Stay tuned! -Heather the Babysitter

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