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The best way to prepare potatoes for a healthy diet is a way that is low in fat and full of flavor. I totally admit to having a weakness for potatoes but when I’m watching my weight, I want to make sure I know the best way to prepare them.
Best Way to Prepare Potatoes for a Healthy Diet
Potatoes are one of the least expensive items in the whole produce department of your grocery store. They are also one of the most nutritious. Those reasons alone are enough to convince me I should add some to my cart each week.
What is the best way to cook potatoes?
Potatoes make a great, inexpensive base for a meal. They are also gluten-free which makes them a fantastic choice for my family. It’s easy to add a little excitement to your potatoes by choosing one of these easy healthy potato recipes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new tastes and flavors. Food can get boring when you don’t.
- Top a baked potato with chili or salsa or try adding a bit of cheese and shredded chicken.
- Top mashed potatoes with Ratatouille or sauteed or stewed seasonal vegetables like zucchini or summer squash with onions.
- Add olive oil and garlic seasoned roasted potatoes to a green salad.
Potatoes are a very healthy vegetable to add to your diet. One medium-sized potato contains only 110 calories and has nearly half of the daily value of Vitamin C. It has more potassium than a banana plus it has fiber and antioxidants as well. Potatoes are naturally fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Plus, they are gluten-free which is always a good thing in our home. Check out the easy potato dishes below.
Is it better to boil or bake your potatoes?
Both of these methods are good choices if you want to prepare potatoes for a healthy diet. There will be no added fat or calories when you cook your potatoes. The one thing you might want to consider is that if you bake potatoes, you will be eating the skin which is high in fiber. Most people do not boil their potatoes with the skin on.
Potato Storage Tips
To help your potatoes last as long as possible, store them at a temperature between 45F and 55F. Storing them in the refrigerator can cause them to be discolored when cooked. We store ours in our back hallway which is on the cold side since the heat doesn’t reach that part of the house well. A vegetable storage bin in a cooler area of your home will work just as well. Just don’t store them anywhere that is sunny and hot.
List of ways to cook potatoes
There are lots of different ways you can cook potatoes. It really all depends on your taste preferences, the time of year, and how much time you have to cook. When I’m pressed for time, I am more likely to make a baked potato. When you have more time to cook, any of these options will work. Or, you can try making them up ahead of time so they’re ready when you need them.
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes
- Mexican Baked Potatoes
- Fried Cabbage and Potatoes with Bacon
- Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges
- Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes
- Parmesan Oven Fries
- Easy Potato Skins
- Crockpot Baked Potatoes
- Best Ever Roasted Potatoes
- 4 Minute Pressure Cooker Potato Salad
- Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes
- Herbed Red Potato Salad
- Roasted Potato and Vegetable Salad
- Cilantro Lime Potato Salad
Do you soak potatoes before cooking?
You don’t have to soak potatoes before cooking. But, soaking your potatoes will help remove some of the starch. Just peel and cut the potato as you normally do. And, soak it in a pan of cold water for up to two hours before you cook it. Make sure that you drain the water and rinse the potatoes before you cook them. That way you will remove the starch from the potatoes before you cook them.
Other healthy recipes you might like
If you’re looking for a few other healthy recipes to try, here are a few of my favorite.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.