Potatoes are inexpensive, readily available, and can be healthy as long as you don't overload them with butter, bacon, or cheese!
The most popular way to serve them is French fries--drenched in fat! To make them a bit healthier, bake them in the oven instead using non-stick spray.
Mashed potatoes are the second most popular way to prepare potatoes--try mixing in cooked cauliflower to add some extra health benefits--no one will notice!
Here's one of my favorite recipes for potatoes. I like to use sharp cheddar cheese because I can use less cheese but still get a ton of flavor.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Bake 4 large potatoes.
Slice in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the insides, leaving a small layer of potato on the skin.
Mix the insides with: 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream (more if needed),1/4 cup skim milk (more if needed), 4 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, Salt and Pepper. Optional: crumbled bacon, chopped onions, chopped broccoli, chopped tomatoes
Blend well until creamy.
Scoop the mixture back into the skins. Sprinkle with more cheddar cheese, bake until brown and bubbly.
If you want to freeze these, don't bake. Put them on a cookie sheet and freeze, then wrap in foil and put in freezer bags. When you're ready to use, defrost and bake for 20-30 minutes.
Fast Facts: A medium potato has: 45% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, 21% potassium, 3 grams of fiber, 100 calories, and contains iron and magnesium. Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place with plenty of air flow (not in fridge).