Here’s a fun fact–according to the USDA, each American eats 112 pounds of potatoes each year. Now, that’s a lot of spuds! Of course, it’s no wonder since potatoes are so delicious and versatile. One thing many people don’t realize is how nutritious these tasty veggies are. Potatoes are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, high in Vitamin C and a good source of potassium. The key is how you prepare them–many times it’s the high fat/calorie toppings that give potatoes a bad rap.
Since September is National Potato Month, I decided to share some healthy ways to serve up one of America’s favorite vegetables. I know I have relied on taking a large potato and placing it in the microwave to “bake” it quickly for a filling meal. Then top it with some low-fat toppings. My personal favorites include cooked broccoli, low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and stewed tomatoes. A more gourmet version is Fruits & Veggies More Matters recipe for Potato Skins with Buffalo Chicken. This healthy plate has the flavor of buffalo chicken wings minus all the fat and calories.
Potatoes can also make great main dish meals. In addition, they can be used as substitutes for grains in some traditional dishes like this recipe for Quick and Healthy Gluten Free Potato Lasagna. Layered Yukon Gold potatoes take the place of lasagna noodles in this dish, while turkey sausage and fat-free ricotta cheese reduces the calorie count.
Visit this great “Pototo Types” board courtesy of the US Potato Board and check out the different kinds of potatoes there are. You’ll be surprised to see the vibrant hue of purple that are along the usual white and red-skinned potatoes. And, be sure to add more of these healthy veggies to your meals in celebration this month!