Just in case you've heard rumors that potatoes aren't healthy, registered dietitian Kara Lydon, RD, is setting the record straight, spreading the news that that's a complete fallacy. "Potatoes can get a bad rep but they are actually a nutrient-dense food," she says. Lydon says that potatoes are a particularly good source of vitamin B6 (which is important for brain health and also may help improve mood) as well as vitamin C (which supports the immune system).
"If eaten with the skin on, potatoes pack in more potassium than a banana and provide a source of fiber," Lydon adds. "And let's also not forget that potatoes serve as a carbohydrate source and carbohydrates are our body and brain's preferred source of energy."
If you want to prep your taters the way a registered dietitian does, look no further. Here, Lydon shares five healthy recipes with potatoes that she likes making for dinner.
Keep reading to see 5 healthy recipes with potatoes that are dietitian-approved
Even though carbs are beneficial (and delicious), any truly balanced meal also needs protein, fiber, and healthy fats—and all those nutrient buckets are covered in this one dish. Besides the potatoes, eggs and olive oil are both major ingredients in this salad—providing lots of additional health benefits and flavor.
Get the recipe: Roasted potato salad with eggs and herb vinaigrette
Watch the video below to see why eggs are so good for you:
Is your mind completely blown by the idea of registered dietitian-approved potato nachos? Here, the potatoes serve as the "chips," and they're topped with fiber- and protein-rich beans, veggies, and cheese. One vegetable Lydon uses here that many don't often think of for nachos is spinach: It mixes in perfectly and ups the fiber and iron in the dish even more.
Get the recipe: Roasted potato nachos
What's great about a frittata is that you can throw pretty much any veggies from your crisper (or freezer) in it and it will taste delicious—a great way to use whatever is on the brink of going bad. Greek yogurt is used in place of cream, upping the already considerable protein count.
Get the recipe: Swiss chard potato chive frittata
Like potatoes, leeks are also rich in vitamin C, and they have the added benefit of also having vitamin A, K, and folate (which are great for cardiovascular, eye, and nervous system health). They also happen to pair perfectly with tubers. Like the frittata, this recipe also makes smart use of Greek yogurt for texture and protein. Up the protein even more by adding chicken or white beans.
Get the recipe: Slow cooker potato leek soup
Even though Niçoise salad may sound fancy, it actually doesn't require any specialty items to make. All you need besides the potatoes and greens are eggs, tuna, and black olives. The dressing is equally simple, made with white wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Get the recipe: Pantry staple Niçoise salad
Bonus recipe: Watch the video below to see how to make a one-pot vegan shepherd's pie, featuring potatoes:
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