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Healthy Ways To Prepare Potatoes

Healthy Ways To Prepare Potatoes Potatoes are among the most versatile of vegetables: They can be fried, baked, mashed and even roasted, producing an equally delicious dish each time. This scrumptious side option can also be paired with a variety of meats, including chicken, beef and fish, as well as a medley of other vegetables, like squash, onion and peas.

Search for potato dishes that allow you to blend many different foods together, as these options are perfect ways to get in your daily serving of vegetables, fruits and dairy. Consider the following recipes, which are ideal for sharing with your friends in the senior community.

Twice-baked potatoes
These cheesy potatoes are the perfect side dish for anything cooked on the grill, such as homemade hamburgers or grilled salmon.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 gold potatoes 
  • 2 Tbsp. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup almond or skim milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and allow the potatoes to bake for about an hour. Remove the vegetables from the oven and let them cool for about two to three minutes, then cut each potato in half. Using a spoon, carve out the potato but be sure to leave the skin intact - you'll need this later. Once you've collected the insides of all potatoes in a large bowl, add 2 Tbsp. yogurt and stir until potatoes are softened. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and almond milk, then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Using a spoon, put the potato mixture back in the skins and place back in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has browned. 

Rosemary roasted potatoes
Best paired with chicken, these potatoes are a spicy and delicious selection for your side dish. Be sure to add your favorite spice to the mix before placing these potatoes on the table.

Ingredients

  • 7-9 red potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • fresh rosemary sprigs
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop red potatoes into small squares, leaving the skin on the vegetable. In a large plastic bag, put the potatoes, garlic, rosemary, parsley and onion, mixing vigorously. Add a dash of olive oil to ensure the spices stick to the vegetables. Once the ingredients are well-blended, pour onto a baking dish and place in the oven for about an hour, flipping the potatoes every 15 minutes. If you like crunchier potatoes, leave them in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. For softer ones, remove after an hour. 

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