September is National Potato Month: Don’t hold back, go for the GOLD!

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Our favorite holiday is coming up and we intend to celebrate all 30 days! September is National Potato Month, when Americans from coast to coast will devote a little extra time to tucking in to their favorite vegetable, the splendid spud.

A proud potato nation

Americans already grow a lot of potatoes (17.7 million tonnes!) and eat a lot of potatoes, too (nearly 126 lbs per person per year). So we’re certainly no slouches when it comes to getting a happy, healthy potato on our plates.

But, we thought you should know other nations are bit ahead. In Belarus, those blissful Belarusians eat an annually astounding 745 lbs of potatoes per person. And in China, they grew 72 million tonnes in 2007 alone.

After seeing Americans do so well at the London Olympics, we’re feeling inspired too, but for eating potatoes! We say, let’s go for the Gold! We know that if we work together, we can top the charts in potato passion. Starting now, with the great potato recipes. Grab a fork and let’s go!

Breakfast

Hooray for Home Fries

We change the recipe every time we make these. You can use a dash of salt, a sprinkle of pepper and whatever fresh or dried herbs you have on hand, to taste. Onion, garlic and shallots each make a great flavor contribution, too. If you’ve got more of the bare cabinet/empty spice rack thing going, you can add mustard, ketchup, hot sauce or all three once you taters hit the plate. Here’s how to do it: all it takes is three potatoes, cubed, rinsed and dried off (eat the peel, it’s good for you!). Pop 3 tablespoons of butter or oil into a pan and cook for 20 minutes: 10 with the lid off and 10 minutes with the lid off. If you’re adding onion or garlic, do it right at the start. Enjoy!

Lunch

Potato Salad Cha Cha Cha

Much more than a fun name and destined to be a new family favorite, this recipe meets the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions strict nutrition guidelines for a healthy recipe. Taking its flavor grooves from south of the boarder, the zesty side dish artfully partners the delicious flavors of lime juice, jalapeño and chili powder with glorious potatoes, corn and black beans. We get hungry just thinking about it.

Snack time

Baked Potato Nachos

One bite of these spud-infused nachos and you’ll forget tortilla chips ever existed. With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious potato nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories.

Dinner

Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Here’s a recipe to reach for when your family has a hearty appetite but you’re running short on time. A favorite with kids and grownups alike, this classic comfort food gets a microwave makeover: it’s ready in about 20 minutes but will still leave a table of satisfied fans saying, “encore!”

 

Easy Microwave Potato Recipes for Kids: Back to School Snacks

Back to School Snacks

If your kids haven’t already, they’re probably headed back to school any minute now. So get ready to be even busier than you remembered!

But it’s not just you who’s in a big rush.

After school activities, sports and homework all take more time as kids progress into higher grade levels at school. Each new grade means more responsibility, more commitments and more riding on performance. Somewhere between school, sports, after school activities and oodles of homework, kids will need to stop and eat. Fast.

PotatOHs are the perfect snack for hungry kids

Kids (of all ages) need fast, healthy snacks that can fill them up, taste great and offer nutritional benefits, too.

Let’s talk PotatOHs:

  • They’re healthy and nutritious
  • Everyone — especially kids — love them
  • They’re fast, hot and satisfying
  • They’re easy to prepare
  • They’re safer for kids than using the stove
  • They’re versatile, so kids can enjoy them lots of ways

4 Kid-Friendly Microwave Potato Recipes

Here are four kid-friendly potato recipes that are easy to make, fun to eat, and make great after-school snacks. Depending on how old your children are, you may want to try these out with your kids first, or, you might just print the recipe and leave it on the kitchen counter under the package of PotatOHs with a little note: enjoy!

Quick & Healthy Microwave Baked PotatOHs

Baked PotatOHs can be topped with anything your child likes. Traditional toppings like bacon and sour cream or low-fat yogurt and chopped chives are obvious. But equally delicious are more creative solutions, like last night’s leftovers, a can of creamy soup or some of pizza sauce and a bit of grated cheese. This recipe offers 4 variations (classic baked potato with yogurt topping, broccoli and cheddar baked potatoes, baked pizza potatoes, and spinach Alfredo) Try them all and then make up some of your own.

Fingerling PotatOHs

Sometimes, the best snacks are the simple ones you can just eat with your hands. No spoon. No fork. No fuss! Fingerlings can be like that. We like to make a batch in the microwave, let them cool slightly and then eat them as is with a little salt and pepper on them. Sometimes, we dip them into ranch dressing; BBQ, Teriyaki and/or hoisin sauce. Ketchup and mustard are good, too. They’re great to snack on during homework and clean up is a snap.

Microwave Soup and Potatoes

Another good go-to, kid-friendly, afternoon snack or school night feast, Microwave Soup and PotatOHs are super easy to make. The potato helps make soup more filling while also adding an important nutritional boost. You can make this recipe with sweet potatoes, too. Add a salad or a side of steam in the bag green beans and you’ve got a complete dinner in under 20 minutes.

Microwave Au Gratin Potatoes

An all-time favorite in many families, this hearty casserole looks and tastes like a Sunday night special, but it’s ready in less than 20 minutes. So you’re good to go any night of the week. As perfect as these potatoes are beside a slice or two of pre-baked ham, they also go great with rotisserie chicken or polish sausage. Experiment with the cheese if you like — substitute pepper jack, cheddar or smoked Gouda for the Swiss. Yum!

 

Winners of the August Summertime Giveaway

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On Wednesday we shared some of our favorite summertime potato dishes with you, and invited you to post yours. We had a lot of fun reading all of the yummy warm-weather potato dishes you enjoy making, and especially the variety of delicious ingredients you use! We are very thankful for all of your comments, and glad to have many great ideas for the next time we enjoy a fresh PotatOH.

Now the time has come to announce the winners! We selected 6 entries, and if you see your name and favorite summer potato dish below, you’ve won!

 

Debby Etling: Twice baked potatoes with green onion, cheese, butter, sour cream, bacon bits, salt and pepper.

Vickie Webb: Philly cheese steak baked potato with chopped brisket, provolone cheese, onion, green pepper, jalapeños, mushrooms, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Sharon Loschen: Baked potato with pico de gallo, bacon pieces, broccoli, cheddar cheese, diced garlic, granulated onions, sour cream, salt and pepper

Shawn: No-fuss creamy mashed potatoes with buttermilk, butter, parmesan cheese, garlic and salt.

Melinda Moses: Baked potato with broccoli, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Cornelia Shelton: Sweet potato with brown sugar and sliced apples.

 

Winners will be receiving a variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs shipped right to their doorstep. Check your inbox — we’ll be contacting you to arrange shipping faster than it takes for a PotatOH to cook in the microwave!

Congratulations to the winners, thanks to everyone who participated, and keep an eye out for our next giveaway – you could win some of our delicious microwave potatoes!

August Summertime Giveaway: Win Free PotatOHs!

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We love summer for many reasons: the weather is warm and we get to enjoy being outdoors, friends and families gather to celebrate and eat good food together, and as farmers, we know our crops are getting all of they sun they need to grow fully and healthily before harvest time. But most of all, we love all of the colorful and tasty ways we get to make potatoes!

Here are some of our favorite summertime dishes:

Phew! As you can see, there are many ways you can make potatoes that are perfect for warm summer days. Now that you’ve seen our favorites, we want to see yours!

Share YOUR favorite summertime potato dish in the comments and you could win FREE Express Bake PotatOHs!

6 lucky winners will receive a FREE variety pack of PotatOHs (2 russets, 2 sweet potatoes, and tray packs of fingerling, gold and ruby Jubileez).

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite summertime potato dish you would make with PotatOHs. Also, make sure to include your email address in the form so we can contact you.

We love all of our fans, but we ship fresh potatoes and like to get them to your doorstep quick, so only potato lovers in the U.S. are eligible. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 17, so check our blog and Facebook page for updates!

Go for Quick & Easy Chicken and Potato Recipes

Grilled Potato Kabobs

Chicken is an obvious choice for a busy-but-healthy weeknight.

It cooks quickly, it’s a healthier option than some other proteins because it’s low in fat, and, best of all, it’s endlessly versatile. In fact, the mild flavor makes it easy to pair with all kinds of herbs and spices, dips and dressings, marinades and more. So even if you eat chicken several times a week, you never have to make it the same way twice.

Well, PotatOHs are like that, too, you know.

They cook in under seven minutes, so they’re super fast.

Are they a healthier choice than some other “side” options? Absolutely. PotatOHs are a fresh vegetable full of vitamins and nutrients, unlike dry sides processed food. So, check there, too!

And, last but not least, PotatOHs are the perfect partner for all kinds of tastes. We’ve tried them with everything from Adobo (try topping your taters with salsa) to Zahtar (a North African spice blend — try it sprinkled over sweet PotatOHs) with great results.

Making a little chicken and PotatOH magic is simple. There’s no limit to what you could do, but here are three recipes to get you started.

 

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Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle

This is a good basic recipe for a quick grilled meal. Precook the PotatOHs in the microwave, grab some chicken or chicken sausage, add whatever herbs you have on hand, and finish them up on the grill for a delicious flame-cooked taste. When you’re all done, you have a feast perfect for any warm summer night.

 
 
 

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

A healthy take on bar food, this dish gives a nod to buffalo chicken wings without the extra fat and calories. Start with a foundation of nutritious potatoes and replace fried wings with shredded chicken breast. Top them off with fresh tomatoes and onions, and serve with a side of chopped celery.

 
 
 

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Sweet Potatoes Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples

This is a great recipe that’s ready in under 15 minutes. Wow! Combine Express Bake Sweet PotatOHs with chicken apple sausage, a granny smith apple, butter, and just a bit of salt and pepper. The result is a delicious and indulgent sweet potato dish you’ll never forget.

 
 

PotatOH and SavorSeal: The Best Way to Microwave Potatoes

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What makes a potato a PotatOH?

If you’ve ever picked up an Express Bake PotatOH in a store, you know that we use the highest quality potatoes, and they come double-washed for your convenience. Also, each PotatOH is wrapped in our SavorSeal™, a proprietary wrap we developed to lock in its flavor and nutrients.

But, we know that you may still have questions. That’s why we’re really excited to announce (drum roll please) that after a few weeks of hard work, we’ve just finished our new video about what makes PotatOHs better and different from other potato products.

 

A little back story

We’ve heard that sometimes, in a pinch, people microwave potatoes on a plate, in cloth bags, or use wet paper towels. We also know someone’s mom who “just uses plastic containers” and someone’s roommate who thinks a plastic zippy bag or plastic wrap “works just fine.”

Here’s the problem with that:

1)   You won’t get the same great taste and perfect texture as a PotatOH by using cloth bags or paper towels, or just microwaving a potato on a plate.
2)   Using plastic wraps and containers isn’t safe.

 

SavorSeal™: A real star

SavorSeal™ works by trapping in the PotatOH’s own moisture, so your spud steams while it’s cooking in the microwave. By the way – did you know that microwaving and steaming are the two best ways to retain the nutrients in food? Well, you do now! That makes your PotatOH soft all around, evenly cooked and ready to eat in just 4 to 7 minutes.

Also, unlike other wraps — which may leach harmful chemicals from the plastic — SavorSeal™ does not, and is BPA-free and certified safe by the FDA. In fact, it was created to protect foods while cooking in the microwave.

To learn more and to prove your mom, roommate or some other doubting Thomas wrong, check out our new video below. We’re very glad to have a great tool to help people understand what makes our products special. Hopefully, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and then you’ll get really really hungry for a PotatOH.

Let us know what you think!