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Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

These Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes are full of flavor-they’re creamy, cheesy, and insanely delicious. These easy cheesy potatoes taste decadent but are made lighter with a few simple ingredient swaps!

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What ingredients do I need to make these Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes?

  • Red potatoes– skin on, cut into ½ inch pieces. The skin on the red potatoes are very thin and do not need to be peeled for this particular recipe.
  • Reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese-shredded and divided. I use 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese.
  • Homemade or store bought low point ranch dressingI love homemade Skinny Ranch Dressing but you can use store bought dressing- such as: Bolthouse Farms Classic ranch yogurt dressing & dip. Click HERE for the skinny ranch recipe. You’ll use just 1 cup or 16 Tbsp of the Skinny Ranch Recipe.
  • Non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • Smoked paprika 

How do I make these Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes?

These potatoes can be made in the oven or in a slow cooker.

Here is the step by step directions for the oven.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the diced potatoes in to the prepared baking dish.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the ranch dressing and non fat plain Greek yogurt. Whisk the ingredients together.


Pour mixture over the top of the potatoes.

Stir until the potatoes are coated with ranch dressing mixture.

Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika.

Top with 1/2 cup cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 50-60 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.

Remove from oven. 


Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and allow cheese to melt.

Serve warm.

Garnish with chives and chopped bacon before serving, if desired.

Can this be made in advance and frozen?

Yes, prepare the potato dish and then store it in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How long do the leftovers stay fresh?

These potatoes will keep in the fridge for about 4 days and reheat well in the microwave, oven or on the stove. If you want to freeze them longer, these potatoes can be frozen. To reheat, simply thaw and finish the cooking until the potatoes are tender again.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. red potatoes, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded and divided. 
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought low point ranch dressingI love using THIS Easy Skinny Homemade Ranch Dressing but you can use store bought dressing for this recipe, if desired.
  • 1/4 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 

Optional toppings:

  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • 5 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled 

Slow Cooker Directions: 

  1. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Lay diced potatoes evenly into the slow cooker.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ranch dressing and non fat plain Greek yogurt. Whisk the ingredients together.
  4. Pour mixture over the top of the potatoes.
  5. Season the top with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. 
  6. Top with 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with lid. 
  7. Cook the potatoes on LOW for 4-5 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours or until potatoes are done.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and cook until melted.
  9. Serve warm. Garnish with chives and chopped bacon before serving, if desired 

Oven Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place the diced potatoes in to prepared baking dish. 
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ranch dressing and non fat plain Greek yogurt. Whisk the ingredients together.
  5. Pour mixture over the top of the potatoes. Stir until the potatoes are coated with ranch dressing mixture. 
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Top with 1/2 cup cheese. 
  7. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 50-60 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven. 
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and allow cheese to melt.
  9. Serve warm. Garnish with chives and chopped bacon before serving, if desired.

Makes 6 ( 1 cup) servings

3-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. Point values do not include the optional toppings.

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload.  The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan.

The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Yield: 6

Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

These Easy Cheesy Ranch Potatoes are full of flavor-they're creamy, cheesy, and irresistibly delicious. These easy cheesy potatoes taste decadent but are made lighter with a few simple ingredient swaps!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. red potatoes, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup reduced fat or fat free cheddar cheese, shredded and divided. I use Cabot 50% reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought low point ranch dressing– * see note section for skinny ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or regular paprika

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • 5 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

Slow Cooker Directions:

  1. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Lay diced potatoes evenly into the slow cooker.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ranch dressing and non fat plain Greek yogurt. Whisk the ingredients together.
  4. Pour mixture over the top of the potatoes.
  5. Season the top with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. 
  6. Top with 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with lid. 
  7. Cook the potatoes on LOW for 4-5 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours or until potatoes are done.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and cook until melted.
  9. Serve warm. Garnish with chives and chopped bacon before serving, if desired 

Oven Directiopns:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place the diced potatoes in to prepared baking dish. 
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ranch dressing and non fat plain Greek yogurt. Whisk the ingredients together.
  5. Pour mixture over the top of the potatoes. Stir until the potatoes are coated with ranch dressing mixture. 
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Top with 1/2 cup cheese. 
  7. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 50-60 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven. 
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and allow cheese to melt.. 
  9. Serve warm. Garnish with chives and chopped bacon before serving, if desired.

Makes 6 ( 1 cup) servings

3-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving* optional toppints not included in the point values

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 8 smartpoints per serving BLUE: 7 smartpoints per serving PURPLE: 3 smartpoints per serving

  • These potatoes will keep in the fridge for about 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven or on the stove. If you want to freeze them longer, these potatoes can be frozen. Store in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply thaw and finish the cooking until the potatoes are tender again.

Skinny Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup or 8 Tbsp Kraft light mayo
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain or Greek yogurt ( I use nonfat plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or skim milk ( I use skim milk)
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the Kraft light mayo, non fat plain yogurt, and seasonings.
    Whisk in skim milk until smooth add more milk, if desired.
  2. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

    Makes 12 ( 2 Tbsp) servings

    1 PersonalPoint™ per serving

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 50gNet Carbohydrates: 46gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g
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