When was the last time you ate a potato that was not sliced, fried and doused with salt? While French fries are arguably one of the most common ways potatoes are consumed, there are a variety of other ways to prepare this nutrient-dense vegetable that are just as tasty.
Potatoes contain carbohydrates which is the body’s primary fuel source, giving you long lasting energy. Fiber from the potato’s skin is essential to promote good digestion and heart health. Protein is naturally in potatoes, adding value to your body’s muscles and cells. Other key nutrients in this powerhouse vegetable include potassium and vitamin C. When prepared correctly, potatoes are a great addition to your regular meal rotation. Try these ideas for your next family meal side dish, tailgate or cook out!
Pierce russet or sweet potato evenly with fork. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Once done, trade traditional toppings like sour cream, butter and salt for heart healthy options like plain, nonfat Greek yogurt and fresh herbs.
Cut baby red potatoes into quarters. Toss in olive oil, rosemaryand pepper and roast at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until crispy, flipping half way through.
Cut russet potatoes length-wise until in ½-inch slices. Drizzle strips with olive oil, rosemary and pepper and place in foil pouches. Grill 15 minutes. Unwrap potatoes and place directly on grill for 5 to 8 minutes or until crispy.
Using yellow baby potatoes, boil in water until soft with skin attached. Once done, mash until desired texture is reached. Leaving the skin on the potato is a great way to add fiber to your dish!
RECIPE – Potato Poppers with Turmeric
ALL YOU NEED
1 ½ petite potatoes (any color)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tsp ground turmeric
1 pinch crushed red pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Sea Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
ALL YOU DO1. Steam potatoes (with skin on) in a large, covered sauce pan with 1 inch of lightly salted water for about 12 minutes, or until tender, drain.2. Toss immediately with olive oil, lemon, turmeric, peppers and salt. Allow to cool slightly and toss with chopped fresh chives.
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