potato http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16798/all en-US 45 Special Sweet Potato Dishes http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/swtpot-156026839.jpg" alt="sweet potato wedges" title="sweet potato wedges" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>They're cheap, they're sweet and they're full of great nutrients! In fact, sweet potatoes top every list of <a href="http://financialhighway.com/money-saving-staple-foods/">money-saving staple foods</a>, so why not try and incorporate them you're your diet? Fortunately, they're also very easy to cook, mash, add, and incorporate into simple and exotic dishes alike. Here are 45 amazing sweet potato recipes that'll satisfy every palate. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes?ref=seealso">10 Reasons to Eat Potatoes</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bread</h2> <p>Why pay for bread when you can make your own? This <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/11150-pecan-and-sweet-potato-bread">sweet potato and pecan quick bread </a>recipe is good for an afternoon snack or for a delightful, homemade enhancement to your breakfast. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread?ref=seealso">Homemade Bread for Beginners</a>)</p> <h2>2. Biscuits</h2> <p>Make these special <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2009/03/08/all_rise/?page=full">sweet potatoes biscuits</a> to really stand out from the crowd.</p> <h2>3. Rolls</h2> <p>Sick of boring old white rolls for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or dinner parties? These <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Potato-Rolls/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">sweet potato rolls</a> have the same comforting texture of normal rolls, but adds some more flavor and nutrients!</p> <h2>4. Sandwich Spread</h2> <p>As I like to say, a good vegetarian sammy isn't complete without a strong, flavorful spread. This <a href="http://familykitchens.blogspot.com/2012/11/easy-sweet-potato-sandwich-spread.html">sweet potato sandwich spread</a> looks pretty mouth-watering and would be perfect amongst your favorite veggies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Update PB&amp;J</a>)</p> <h2>5. Hummus</h2> <p>Need something easy for an autumnal gathering? Sweet potato hummus could make you the belle of the ball. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Potato-Hummus/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">sweet potato hummus</a> makes a great, healthy dip for apples, celery, or chips (baked, of course).</p> <h2>6. Three Sweet Potato Soups</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/lentil-soup-with-sweet-potatoes-spinach/">lentil soup with sweet potatoes and spinach</a> includes a winning superfood combo of spinach, sweet potatoes, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">lentils</a>. Or try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-minestrone/">sweet potato minestrone</a>. If you want a creamier variety, try this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/creamy-sweet-potato-and-rosemary-soup-recipe.html">creamy sweet potato and rosemary soup</a>.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swtpot-174426912-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>7. Nachos</h2> <p>Try these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/loaded-sweet-potato-nachos-recipe.html">loaded sweet potato nachos</a> at your next game night.</p> <h2>8. Sweet Potato Skins</h2> <p>These <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/healthy-mexican-sweet-potato-skins">Mexican sweet potato skins</a> are loaded with black beans, cilantro, cheese, and more! Get ready game-night, you're in for a treat!</p> <h2>9. Shoestring Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>Use these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/sweet-potato-strings-with-beet-ketchup-recipe.html">sweet potato strings</a> to garnish or in place of fries, and your friends will think you're a culinary master (because you are!).</p> <h2>10. Fritters</h2> <p>Looking for a fun appetizer for guests? Try a fritter! These <a href="http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/2012/03/sweet-potato-corn-cheddar-fritters/">sweet potato corn cheddar fritters</a> will please the most discerning of guests.</p> <h2>11. Sweet Potato Salad</h2> <p>You don't usually see a sweet potato salad on a typical picnic spread, but the nontraditional spin is worth it! This <a href="http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/07/two-potato-salad.html">sweet potato salad</a> uses no mayo &mdash; only great, simple ingredients to make yourself a new, potato-y tradition! If you want something a little more savory, try this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/sweet-potato-salad-with-bacon-recipe/index.html">sweet potato salad with bacon</a>!</p> <h2>12. Sweet Potato Balls</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/sweet-potato-balls-recipe/index.html">sweet potato balls</a> includes sweet potato, coconut, orange, and brown sugar, all baked (instead of fried) together for a mouth-watering and innovative appetizer or dessert.</p> <h2>13. Samosas</h2> <p>A great sweet potato samosa can be an awesome bit of culinary perfection. These <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mini-Sweet-Potato-Samosas/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">mini sweet potato samosas</a> are perfect for hors d'oeuvres or an indulgent snack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">Healthy and Frugal Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>14. Hush Puppies</h2> <p>With an easy prep time and minimal ingredients, this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sweet-potato-and-bacon-hush-puppies-recipe/index.html">sweet potato and bacon hush puppies recipe</a> is a great way to make sweet potatoes fun and bite-sized! Bon appetit!</p> <h2>15. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/smoked-chile-scalloped-sweet-potatoes-recipe/index.html">smoked chili scalloped sweet potatoes</a> from Bobby Flay take the traditional scalloped potato dish and give it some uniqueness!</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swtpot-465124681-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>16. Sweet Potato and Onion Tart</h2> <p>This gorgeous <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sweet_potato_onion_fontina_tart.html">sweet potato and onion tart</a> is almost too pretty to eat! Another great party food because it can be served warm or cold.</p> <h2>17. Sweet Potato and Quinoa</h2> <p>Add something special to your quinoa this holiday season! This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-with-Sweet-Potato-and-Mushrooms/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">quinoa with sweet potato and mushrooms</a> uses nuts, mushrooms and sweet potatoes to make a dish that's great as a side or a full meal.</p> <h2>18. Sweet Potato Stuffing</h2> <p>Want to try a healthier but tasty stuffing this Thanksgiving? This <a href="http://www.poorgirleatswell.com/2010/11/recipe-sweet-potato-mushroom-veggie-stuffing.html">sweet potato veggie stuffing</a> uses a minimal amount of oil and vegetable stock.</p> <h2>19. Sweet Potato Latkes</h2> <p>Try these <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/celebrate-hanukkah-with-this-healthier-latke-recipe">sweet potato latkes with tomatillo salsa</a> for a healthier Hanukkah.</p> <h2>20. Sweet Potato Muffins</h2> <p>Need some healthy carbs for a pick me up or post workout snack? These <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/recipes/sweet-potato-muffins">sweet potato muffins</a> work well for breakfast or lunch, too!</p> <h2>21. Sweet Potato Smoothies</h2> <p>The texture of the sweet potato works well when you're blending up your own smoothies! Try a <a href="http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2013/09/sweet-potato-smoothie/">sweet potato smoothie</a> that uses almond milk and greek yogurt for a nutritious breakfast alternative, or a liquid lunch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blenders?ref=seealso">Best Blenders</a>)</p> <h2>22. Sweet Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/pancakesandwaffles/r/bl21102c.htm">sweet potato pancakes</a> for a supercharged breakfast. Apple cider syrup go great with these, too!</p> <h2>23. Sweet Potato Waffles</h2> <p>For an indulgent breakfast, a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sweet-potato-waffles-recipe/index.html">sweet potato waffle</a> could easily take the place of pancakes or French toast.</p> <h2>24. Sweet Potato Tater Tots</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/sweet-potato-and-bacon-tots-with-creamy-mustard-dipping-sauce-recipe.html">sweet potato tater tot</a> can be a great play on a snack or breakfast food for the kids (plus, it's healthier!).</p> <h2>25. Sweet Potato Hash</h2> <p>Spice up your breakfast with this <a href="http://www.eatingoutloud.com/2008/08/quick-simple-sweet-potato-hash.html">quick and simple sweet potato hash</a>. It makes for a satisfying morning side dish on a cold day!</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swtpot-118435337-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>26. Veggie Burgers</h2> <p>Try these beautiful and deliciously easy <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/02/easy-sweet-potato-veggie-burgers-with.html">sweet potato veggie burgers</a> and you'll never want to go back to a regular burger again! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-new-ways-to-top-your-burgers?ref=seealso">New Ways to Top Your Burgers</a>)</p> <h2>27. Veggie Chili</h2> <p>If you've exhausted all your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians">vegetarian crock pot recipes</a>, consider a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-vegetarian-chili-with-sweet-potatoes-00000000049528/index.html">chili made with sweet potatoes</a>. It'll add some sweetness and attitude to the dish!</p> <h2>28. Curry</h2> <p>Try <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/red-lentil-and-sweet-potato-curry-recipe-of-the-week.html">red lentil and sweet potato curry</a> for a new twist on an already exotic dish.</p> <h2>29. Enchiladas</h2> <p>These meatless yet delicious <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-black-bean-enchiladas/">sweet potato and black bean enchiladas</a> are the perfect party food. Make it the night before for a potluck or holiday party.</p> <h2>30. Shepherd's Pie</h2> <p>If you love a good dinner pie that's also better for you, this <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4382/veggie-shepherds-pie-with-sweet-potato-mash">veggie shepherd's pie with sweet potato mash</a> version will be your best friend!</p> <h2>31. Sweet Potato Empanadas</h2> <p>A sweet potato empanada can be a nice vegetarian play on an original, meaty recipe. Try this great <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/sweet-potato-empanadas-recipe/index.html">sweet potato empanada recipe</a> and you'll impress everyone with a flavorful, veggie alternative.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swtpot-178744234-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>32. Stew</h2> <p>Surprisingly enough, sweet potatoes stew like a dream! This delicious <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-chicken-and-sweet-potato-stew/">spicy chicken and sweet potato stew</a> will add a kick to any meal, guaranteed.</p> <h2>33. Chicken Marrakesh</h2> <p>Take your sweet potatoes to Morocco with this traditional dish! This recipe uses a slow cooker for an easy <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Marrakesh/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">chicken marrakesh</a> dinner.</p> <h2>34. Sweet Potato Meatloaf</h2> <p>There are lots of ways to make meatloaf healthy. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Potato-Turkey-Meatloaf/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">sweet potato and turkey meatloaf</a> is an awesome way to keep the flavor and lose some of the calories present in a traditional beef meatloaf.</p> <h2>35. Tacos</h2> <p>Sweet potatoes can really make tacos light and flavorful, especially if you're going for a lighter taco meal. These <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Turkey-and-Yam-Spicy-Tacos/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">turkey and yam spicy tacos</a> are healthy, spicy and pack a flavor punch!</p> <h2>36. Mini Sweet Potato Pies</h2> <p>Don't want to commit to a whole sweet potato pie? Try these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/mini-sweet-potato-pies-recipe/index.html">minis</a> for a great appetizer or hors d'oeuvre!</p> <h2>37. Cobbler</h2> <p>I'll admit that it's fun to indulge occasionally in dessert. This <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Sweet-Potato-Cobbler">sweet potato cobbler recipe</a> takes sweet potatoes into very indulgent territory!</p> <h2>38. Sweet Potato Beignets</h2> <p>Didn't think a doughnut could get any better? Fry them into beignets. Even better? <a href="http://www.recipelion.com/Cajun-Recipes/Sweet-Potato-Beignets">Sweet potato beignets</a>!</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/swtpot-186380148-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>39. Sweet Potato Oranges</h2> <p>For a festive, original dessert, try these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sweet-Potato-Oranges/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">sweet potato oranges</a> on for size. It uses the sweetness of oranges and sweet potatoes for the filling, and bakes up inside of an orange peel. Adorable!</p> <h2>40. Sweet Potato Cupcakes</h2> <p>Want a seasonal treat that will have your partygoers wowed? Try this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sweet-potato-cider-cupcake-with-marshmallow-frosting-recipe/index.html">sweet potato cider cupcake</a>!</p> <h2>41. Sweet Potato Ice Cream</h2> <p>Give your ice cream a kick by using sweet potato as a wonderful, rich flavoring. Try <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/icecream/r/r70805f.htm">sweet potato ice cream</a> and pair it with chocolate cake, sauce, or pumpkin pie. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <h2>42. Bread Pudding</h2> <p>It kind of makes sense that sweet potatoes would be a nice additive to a regular bread pudding recipe, but you don't know how delicious it really is until you've tried it! Check out this amazing <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/sweet-potato-bread-pudding-with-pecan-crumble-recipe/index.html">sweet potato bread pudding with pecan crumble</a> and be wowed!</p> <h2>43. Souffle</h2> <p>Soufflss seem fancy, but in reality they have minimal ingredients and are inexpensive to prepare. Impress your guests with this <a href="http://www.emerils.com/recipe/8267/Ultimate-Sweet-Potato-Souffle">ultimate sweet potato souffle</a>.</p> <h2>44. Two Sweet Potato Cakes</h2> <p>Bundt cake is a no-fuss traditional cake that can really make or break a good dessert course. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317934/sweet-potato-bourbon-bundt-cake?czone=food/produce-guide-cnt/produce-guide-fall&amp;center=276955&amp;gallery=275033&amp;slide=258088">sweet potato bourbon bundt cake</a> is a definite crowd pleaser. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sweet-potato-cake-with-coconut-frosting-recipe.html">sweet potato cake</a> uses ingredients like rum extract, cranberry sauce and cream cheese, for a delicious winter treat.</p> <h2>45. Cheesecake</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/coconut-sweet-potato-cheesecake">coconut and sweet potato cheesecake</a> uses healthy sweet foods for an unexpected, delicious surprise!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite special way to prepare sweet potatoes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-make-ahead-salads">20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy eating potato sweet potatoes Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:56:41 +0000 Rebecca Leib 965733 at http://www.wisebread.com End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-5236685-small.jpg" alt="potatoes" title="potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's easy to forget the health benefits of the potato. The humble tuber has acquired a bad rap over the past decade, and it's high time for a tater comeback.</p> <p>What was once a beloved vegetable &mdash; a staple of family dinners, practically required at holiday meals, and even turned into a series of adorable children's toys &mdash; suddenly became the black sheep of the vegetable arena. Which is a shame, because potatoes are actually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, and you should eat more of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>60 Days of Hot Spuds</h2> <p>In 2010, one man was determined to restore the reputation of the potato. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission, ate nothing but potatoes for <a href="http://www.livescience.com/10163-man-eating-potatoes-2-months.html">two months</a>. The results were incredible &mdash; Voigt lowered his cholesterol, blood pressure, and lost 21 pounds.</p> <p><a href="http://20potatoesaday.com">Stats</a> before and after the challenge:</p> <ul> <li>Beginning weight: 197</li> <li>Beginning blood glucose: 104</li> <li>Beginning cholesterol: 214</li> <li>Beginning triglycerides: 135</li> <li>60 day weight: 176</li> <li>60 day blood glucose: 94</li> <li>60 day cholesterol: 147</li> <li>60 day triglycerides: 75</li> </ul> <p>To further demonstrate the merits of the noble potato, below are 10 reasons to eat potatoes with relish (pun intended) and without guilt.</p> <h2>1. Don't Judge a Food by Its Color</h2> <p>Remember when potatoes were vilified and placed on the dreaded &quot;white foods&quot; list?</p> <p>A lot of the &quot;don't eat white foods&quot; hyperbole is a bit of an overreaction. White vegetables are good for you, and potatoes are a shining example.</p> <p>In May 2013, <em>Advances in Nutrition</em> published &quot;<a href="http://advances.nutrition.org/content/4/3/318S.full">White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients</a>.&quot; Data showed that white vegetables (including potatoes) are indeed nutritious, and the color of a vegetable did not predict nutritional value. In fact, many white vegetables provide essential nutrients most Americans lack.</p> <h2>2. Potatoes Are Cost-Effective</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5328428-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>If you want the most bang for your buck, potatoes offer a great ROI.</p> <p>A new study in <em>PLOS One</em> found that <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0063277">potatoes deliver an excellent nutritional value per penny</a>, second only to beans. Potatoes provide an affordable source for essential nutrients like magnesium, fiber, and Vitamins C, E, and K. And they're the most cost-effective source of potassium out of all food groups.</p> <p>So if you're broke and need cheap, nutritious food, pick up some taters. Use Chris Voigt as inspiration.</p> <h2>3. Potatoes Will Not Make You Obese or Inflamed</h2> <p>The whole &quot;potatoes will make you fat&quot; thing is a half-baked theory.</p> <p>In April 2012, the University of Washington studied the relationship between <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/fi-npr042512.php">regularly eating white potatoes and weight gain</a>. Scientists found no association between obesity, diabetes, or levels of C-reactive protein (an inflammation marker) and the amount of white potato consumption. (This contradicts older research, which failed to include important demographic factors.)</p> <p>Summary: White potatoes do not make you obese, cause Type 2 diabetes, or trigger systemic inflammation.</p> <h2>4. Nutrient Powerhouses</h2> <p>White potatoes are among the most nutritious vegetable in the world. Here's a breakdown of the nutritional value for a medium white potato, with skin:</p> <ul> <li>Around 110 calories</li> <li>Has more potassium than a banana or broccoli</li> <li>Provides 35% of the daily value of Vitamin C</li> <li>Has 10% of the daily value of B6</li> <li>Contains two grams of sugar</li> <li>Fat-free</li> <li>Sodium free</li> <li>Cholesterol-free</li> <li>A good source of fiber</li> </ul> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of">Nutrients You Need More Of</a>)</p> <h2>5. Eating Potatoes Helps the Economy</h2> <p>The potato is the fourth most widely consumed vegetable in the world. And it's a moneymaker for U.S. farmers.</p> <p>Potatoes are the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/vegetables-pulses/potatoes.aspx#.UjC_LWTF1Vc">leading crop</a> grown in the U.S. In 2010, the U.S. exported $3.8 billion worth of potatoes. Japan, China and Mexico are leading buyers of stateside spuds. Potatoes are grown in 30 U.S. states, with Idaho, Washington, and Wisconsin rounding out the top three.</p> <h2>6. Sweet and Purple Potatoes = Orbs of Awesomeness</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-1619989-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>Sweet potatoes are the Warren Buffets of vegetables, the most nutrient-rich vegetable on Earth. The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html">the sweet potato above all other vegetables </a>in nutritional value. Purple potatoes are chock-full of antioxidants and may help to <a href="http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2012/acs-presspac-february-1-2012/potatoes-lower-blood-pressure-in-people-with-obesity-and-hypertension-without-increasing-weight.html">lower blood pressure</a>. Plus, they look really pretty on a plate.</p> <p>If you want to experiment with a new spud, sweet and purple potatoes are good options.</p> <h2>7. Spuds Support Weight Loss</h2> <p>It turns out eating potatoes can actually help dieters drop pounds. And not just sweet potatoes &mdash; white potatoes, too.</p> <p>In a study conducted by the University of California, Davis, three groups were assigned <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/fi-ltw100810.php">diets ranging from five to seven servings of potatoes</a> per week. (So, one group was eating potatoes every day.) Subjects were closely monitored for dietary compliance. All three groups lost weight, further disproving that potatoes cause weight gain.</p> <h2>8. They Last Forever</h2> <p>Gigantic bushels of veggies from the farmer's market always seem like a great idea. Then you get home and realize that unless you rapidly eat several pounds of greens, food will go to waste.</p> <p>Not so with the potato! Potatoes last a long time if stored in a cool, dark place, about two to three weeks on average. The shelf life of potatoes works for everyone, from plan-ahead foodies to culinary procrastinators.</p> <h2>9. Taters for Tots</h2> <p><a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/fi-pci040811.php">Children benefit</a> from eating potatoes. In fact, it seems to encourage them to eat more veggies. New research indicates eating potatoes doesn't mean kids eat less of other vegetables. On the contrary, the study found that adding potatoes to childrens' meals led to a higher-quality diet.</p> <p>And to get this out of the way &mdash; eating a potato is not the nutritional equivalent of gulping down a soft drink. The idea stems from the glycemic index, but GI isn't an exact science. Potatoes do have a high GI (100), but chocolate cake has a GI of 38. A medium white potato contains 2 grams of sugar; a can of Coke, 39 grams. Just food for thought.</p> <h2>10. Potatoes Are Multi-Talented</h2> <p>A potato can be eaten bare, with nothing but a small pat of butter, or wearing a variety of toppings. There's also potato ice cream and potato vodka. And don't forget household projects &mdash; potatoes are used as stamps, to remove a stuck lightbulb, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/potato-ideas-that-pop">Potato Ideas That Pop</a>)</p> <p>Google search results for &quot;potato recipe&quot; numbered over 62 million, so the exact number of ways to prepare potatoes is unknown. Suffice it to say, there may not be a more versatile vegetable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day">17 Ways to Serve Potatoes</a>)</p> <p>It's time to give tubers the love and respect they deserve. Take criticism of the potato with a grain of salt&hellip;and then take that grain of salt and sprinkle it on a lovely Yukon gold.</p> <p><em>I'm sure tater haters have their own opinions on this. Potatoes are a controversial topic. What's your opinion on potatoes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/erin-c-oneil">Erin C. O&#039;Neil</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes">45 Special Sweet Potato Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy eating nutrition potato potatoes vegetables Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Erin C. O'Neil 987838 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8074492872_c5572d44a2_z.jpg" alt="mashed potatoes" title="mashed potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mashed potatoes are a holiday staple that are awesome in their original form, but what if you end up with tons of leftovers and get tired of the same old mash? Here are 10 delicious, and mostly easy to prepare ways to repurpose your leftover mashed potatoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mashed Potato Bar</h2> <p>If you have a pot of plain mashed potatoes (that is, cooked with minimal adornment), you can fancy things up by treating your mashies like a baked potato and covering them in all kinds of goodness. Think chopped scallions, all kinds of cheese, smoked salmon, bacon bits, sour cream, spicy pepper jelly, or freshly chopped herbs. You can also add cooked beets (or yams or sweet potatoes) and remash for a <a href="http://www.coconutandlime.com/2008/02/beet-mashed-potatoes.html">sweeter take on mashed potatoes</a>.</p> <h2>2. Pseudo Latkes</h2> <p>Latkes, traditional Hanukkah fare, are pancakes made from potatoes. OK, the traditional recipe does call for shredded potatoes, but you can fudge it a little bit with this <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2007/11/20/transform-your-mashed-potatoes-into-pancakes/" target="_blank">mashed potato latke recipe</a> from Slashfood. If you want something even more exotic, try out this recipe for <a href="http://www.kfoodaddict.com/korean-potato-pancake-gamja-jeon/">Korean potato pancakes</a>.</p> <h2>3. Potato Croquettes/Muffins</h2> <p>If you have the capacity and the will to deep-fry your food, consider the wonderful, creamy goodness of a <a href="http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/post/17170109080/fried-garlic-cheddar-mashed-potato-balls" target="_blank">mashed potato croquette</a> (doesn&rsquo;t that sound better than &ldquo;mashed potato ball&rdquo;? I think it does). The good news is that you are already a couple steps into this recipe, since your potatoes are already mashed.</p> <p>If you're more into baking than frying, you can still enjoy a decadent, crispy-edged mashed potato treat with this recipe for <a href="http://themuffinmom.com/2009/02/27/loaded-baked-potato-muffins/">loaded baked potato muffins</a>.</p> <h2>4. Shepherd's Pie/Casserole</h2> <p>A classic casserole that&rsquo;s easy to make and popular with everyone, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/319350/cheddar-topped-shepherds-pie">shepherd&rsquo;s pie</a> is that much easier when you already have a supply of mashed potatoes at the ready. If you&rsquo;re not a meat eater, you can try a <a href="http://www.chooseveg.com/display_recipe.asp?recipe=212">vegan version of shepherd&rsquo;s pie</a>.</p> <h2>5. Potato Lasagna</h2> <p>Mashed potatoes can be awesomely creamy and replace dairy products fairly easily (whether you&rsquo;re lactose intolerant, vegan, or just feeling adventurous). Try out a <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/ultimate-vegan-lasagna/">vegan lasagna recipe</a> (or meat lasagna) with mashed potatoes in place of the tofu or ricotta cheese. Add crushed, roasted garlic to the potatoes to really pack a wallop of flavor.</p> <h2>6. Potato Bread</h2> <p>I'm not sure what it is exactly about potatoes that make for such <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">delicious, fluffy bread</a>, but if you can bake, you can turn your mashed potatoes into a brilliant loaf. This <a href="http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishbreads/r/potatobread.htm">potato bread recipe</a> is pegged as Eastern European, but you&rsquo;ll love it regardless of where your palate hails from.</p> <h2>7. Potato Cheddar Soup</h2> <p>Mashed potatoes are a fantastic soup thickener &mdash; if you&rsquo;re like my mom and use your Thanksgiving turkey in soup, you can make it a real stew by throwing in a big spoonful of mashed potatoes.</p> <p>If you want a real potato-centered soup, mashed potatoes are the main ingredient in <a href="http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/hearty-potato-soup">potato cheddar soup</a>, a decadent staple of winter eating. Like a couple of the other recipes here, you&rsquo;ll find that you&rsquo;ll save a couple of steps, since your potatoes are already mashed.</p> <h2>8. Mashed Potato Moussaka</h2> <p>Moussaka is a traditional Greek <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-recipe-lots-of-food-10-great-main-dish-casseroles">casserole</a> made with eggplant; it&rsquo;s very filling and a great dish for winter or fall. Potatoes are often added for texture, and this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/dining/shortcut-moussaka-recipe.html">moussaka recipe</a> includes mashed potatoes. Since you have the mashed potatoes ready to go, you get to save significant time!</p> <h2>9. Potato Perogi</h2> <p>Perogi are a Slavic dumpling &mdash; different from gnocchi in that they are a distinct filling encased in a wrapper. These <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2062467_make-potato-pierogi.html">mashed potato-filled dumplings</a> allow you to be especially creative with additional fillings, like chives, bacon, fish, or spices. Top with butter, sour cream, or spicy garlic salsa.</p> <h2>10. Gnocchi</h2> <p>Gnocchi is probably the most obvious use of leftover mashed potatoes, but they are just so amazing that I had to save them for last (since they&rsquo;re the best). This recipe for <a href="http://www.foodwhine.com/2010/12/leftover-mashed-potato-gnocchi.html">mashed potato gnocchi</a> is fast and easy, and it makes the perfect meal for a cool evening.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-recipe-lots-of-food-10-great-main-dish-casseroles">One Recipe, Lots of Food: 10 Great Main Dish Casseroles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne">16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink leftovers potato Thanksgiving Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:36:30 +0000 Andrea Karim 955225 at http://www.wisebread.com