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Potatoes: Healthy, Delicious, and Affordable

Updated on March 12, 2011

It's more important now than ever before to make wise food decisions. It's just as important to make budget-friendly selections is it is to make healthful choices. The good news is that potatoes meet both challenges. Potatoes are affordable and packed with nutrition in addition to being very versatile and easy to prepare.

Basic Potato Facts

Potatoes are a great option for individuals seeking nutritious foods that are low in fat and calories. A medium sized potato has only 110 calories and is free from fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Additionally, potatoes are a terrific source of potassium. There's actually more potassium in a medium potato than in a banana! Potatoes are a great source of many essential vitamins and minerals. For example, a single medium potato has almost half of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

Potato Goodness Recipe Ideas

Visit for an excellent collection of free "Quick and Healthy" potato recipes. Published by the United States Potato Board (USPB), this site is a wealth of resources for learning the facts about potatoes as well as for cooking instructions for making many wonderful potato recipes.

You'll find many recipe options on the website, including main dishes, salads, side dishes, soups, and more. There's a special section of recipes just for the grill as well as interesting topper ideas and a number of dishes made with kids' food preferences in mind.

Recipe Examples

  • Some of the great recipes you'll find on the site include:
  • Beef and Potato Stroganoff
  • Chicken and Potato Fiesta Grill Soup
  • Mexican Chicken Potato
  • Oven Roasted Potatoes
  • Parmesan Potatoes
  • Southwest Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Specialty Potatoes with Herbs
  • Several other taste tempting dishes

In addition to the great collection of recipes you'll find on the site, the "Quick and Healthy" potato recipe collection also includes a series of free educational videos available on YouTube. The informative videos provide viewers with instructions for making potato salad, French fries, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes. There is also a "Potatoes 101" video and a "Potato Shortcuts" video in the series. You'll learn all kinds of helpful tips and shortcuts for preparing the potato dishes that your friends and family enjoy!

About the United States Potato Board

The USPB is an industry association dedicated to educating consumers about the benefits of eating potatoes. The Denver, Colorado based organization was formed in 1971. Since that time it has come to be recognized as a leading and innovative association within producer marketing and has expanded to represent over 4000 potato growers and handlers throughout the United States.


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