Potatoes are the most commonly consumed vegetable in the United States, with each person eating a little less than 50 pounds of them a year. However, an increasing majority of those potatoes are being consumed in the form of the iconic fast food staple: French fries. It seems that potatoes have become guilty by association, even though the fresh potato is the nutritional opposite of processed French fries. A medium serving of French fries contains 365 calories and 17 grams of fat, while a baked potato of comparable weight contains only 129 calories and 0.2 grams of fat.
Though the nutritional superiority of a baked potato compared to French fries might seem obvious, there are many lesser known health benefits that come with eating fresh potatoes. Potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin, and also contain high amounts of potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Potatoes even contain 15 percent of your daily recommended intake of protein.
These super-packed spuds don’t need to be skinned and deep fried to taste good. Read on for 25 great potato recipes along with tips and tricks to make the most of your spuds (for instance, baking instead of frying them, keeping the potato skin on, and substituting Greek yogurt for mayonnaise).
Here are 25 delicious recipes to prove that potatoes can still be part of a healthy diet.