I have no idea how this happened, but I recently came in possession of an entire case of Idaho potatoes. This was in the same day that I had already purchased a 5lbs bag of potatoes. It’s safe to say that we had potatoes coming out of our ears!
I honestly don’t know how long potatoes keep and not wanting to waste all of that food, I decided to scour the internet (ok, I looked on Pinterest) to find something different. I’m not the most talented cooker, I have my creative moments, but with potatoes I was very limited in knowledge and ideas that wouldn’t cause my family to revolt if they had to eat mashed potatoes one more time.
This post is a round-up of all the recipes I found that my family enjoyed (even my toddler) that branched out from the plain ole’ boiled and mashed. And if you’re worried that eating too many potatoes is bad for your family, here are some fun facts about eating a medium-sized skin-on potato:
- They have no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. This was my biggest concern with my family eating too many potatoes. I was worried of their cholesterol intake and what it could possibly be doing to their heart in the long run.
- Potatoes only have 110 calories
- They have nearly half of your daily Vitamin C intake. Wow!!! Vitamin C helps prevent cellular damage and helps produce collagen (the elastic stuff in your skin), aides in iron absorption, helps heal wounds and keeps your gums healthy. It can also help your body’s immune system.
- They have more potassium than a banana. This fun fact was a serious shocker to me! I had no idea. (But I’m also not a devout label reader either so maybe this is pretty common knowledge.) Potassium helps lower blood pressure. And if you’ve ever been woken up in the middle of the night with leg cramps, you know the importance of potassium in your diet. Who knew that a Baked Potato could stop that easier than eating bananas.
- A great source for Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is all about your metabolism. It helps you process carbs and proteins, as well as building proteins within your body. And it is an important ingredient in red blood cell production.
- Full of magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants. Magnesium is an element found in the earth and helps with over 600 hundred functions in the human body; energy, proteins, creating and repairing DNA and RNA, muscle movement, and nervous system regulation, to name a few. Not only does fiber help regulate the bowels, but this complex carb can also help with weight loss and even lower blood cholesterol! Antioxidants improve your overall health and boost your immune system while removing excess free radicals.
Source: Nutrex, Healthline, Potato Goodness
25 Potato Recipe Roundup
- Balsamic-Roasted New Potatoes with Asparagus
- Crispy Garlic butter Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
- Crack Potato Soup
- Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
- Cheesy Bacon Hasselback Potatoes
- Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites
- Crock Pot “Baked” Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Lipton Onion Potatoes
- Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges
- Homemade Parmesan Potato Chips
- Crock Pot Bacon Cheddar Potatoes
- Roasted Lemon Chicken Thighs with Potatoes
- Hamburger Soup (freezer friendly)
- Fried Cabbage and Potatoes with Bacon
- Crock Pot Sausage and Potatoes (all-time favorite!!)
- Hash browns (make ahead and freeze in bulk)
- Crispy Sheet Pan Hash Browns
- Mashed Potato Cheese Bites
- Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles
- Potato Spirals
- Classic Potato Pancakes
- Irish Pub Nachos
- Mashed Potato Puffs
- Italian Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes
- Better-than-fries Sliced Baked Potato
Did I miss one?
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