Celebrate National Fruits and Vegetables Month with Potatoes

Vegetables and Potatoes

Did you know that June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Get in on the healthy eating action with some vegetarian potato recipes.

Yep! You read that right: potatoes are vegetables.

Potatoes and Your Health

Studies show that you can include potatoes as part of a healthy weight loss program. In fact, a medium-sized potato clocks in at just 110 calories. They’re also 100 percent fat free and naturally free of sodium. And with 2 grams of fiber, that potato has 8 percent of your daily value. Fiber makes you feel full longer, which may help with weight loss.

That same potato is also chock full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for your body. Just one medium, skin-on potato contains 45 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C and more potassium than any other vegetable or fruit – even bananas.

Vegetarian Potato Recipes

You might think that a vegetarian meal will leave you hungry, but a healthy dose of potatoes makes any dish filling and satisfying. Studies show that potatoes fill you up and keep you full better than other side dishes like pasta or bread.

Need some potato recipes to kick off National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Check out some of these vegetarian potato recipes to help you get your veggies on at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

Start your day off right with some healthy potatoes. You can make ’em the whole meal with a pie or a hash or serve ’em up on the side with some eggs for a quick, healthy weekday breakfast.

Quick and Easy Home Fries – Home fries come together in a flash on busy mornings.

Fennel and Potato Hash – Top this hash with a fried egg, and you are in business.

Mediterranean Vegetable and Cheese Pie – The secret to this quick and easy breakfast pie? A potato crust!

Lunch

Potatoes cook up so fast and easy, they’re perfect for a vegetarian lunch.

Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Soup and a salad is the picture of a healthy lunch. Just skip the bacon in this soup recipe to make it a vegetarian meal.

Potato and Kale Cakes – This recipe says to cook the potatoes in boiling water, but you can cut the cooking time by 20 minutes if you make ’em in the microwave instead.

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos – Use two cans of black beans instead of chicken to make these healthy tacos vegetarian.

Dinner

Whether potatoes are the main event or a side dish, they’re a healthy, easy way to add some extra veggies to your supper.

Fingerling Jubileez Salad – This quick filling salad can be a meal on its own or a side dish.

Bombay Potato Curry – Curried potatoes don’t have to be a side with chicken or fish. You can dish up big, spicy bowlfuls of this dish all on its own.

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup – Broccoli cheese soup gets a lighter touch with potatoes to thicken it instead of cream.

We’ve got more healthy potato goodness coming up for National Fruits and Vegetable Month, so stay tuned!

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Ari Moore

A Memorial Day Potato Cookout

Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day is this weekend, and here at Farm Fresh Direct our hearts go out to all of the men and women defending our great nation.

This holiday is about honor and reflection, and we think it’s also about doing things that are ingrained in our culture. After all, isn’t our culture part of what makes this country of ours worth fighting for? This weekend, let’s gather close friends and family together to celebrate with a day of togetherness, and what’s more all-American than throwing some food onto the grill?

Whether you grill ’em, bake ’em, or microwave ’em, potatoes are a staple at any all-American cookout.¬†We’ve pulled together some tasty, healthy, and patriotic potato dishes to help you celebrate Memorial Day right! Here’s how you can use potatoes to salute the ol’ red, white, and blue:

Red

Serve up a helping of tasty grilled potato dippers with plenty of red pepper basil dipping sauce. They pair up with any grilled meats or veggies to make a healthy meal!

Bake a batch of Buffalo chicken potato skins, and top them with plenty of fresh, bright red chopped tomato.

White

Instead of a blend of cheese, use queso blanco or pepper jack to make these tasty baked potato nachos! Nachos might not scream U-S-A, but we bet that your guests’s mouths will be too full of nacho goodness to complain.

Want to keep it simple? No one can pass up a mess of microwave-roasted white potatoes. Nobody has to know how quick they were to whip up.

Blue

All right, we admit it — nature doesn’t cook up a lot of blue food, but a batch of purple potatoes are close enough in our book! Try out a purple potato salad as the blue side dish for your cookout. The recipe says to steam the potatoes, but you can also cook them up in the microwave for an even quicker dish.

Are mashed potatoes more your thing? These garlic mashed purple potatoes are just the dish to finish off your Memorial Day meal!

From the whole Farm Fresh Direct family, we hope you have a happy Memorial Day!

7 Healthy Potato Recipes to Help You Lighten Up

7 Healthy Potato Recipes

Spring took its sweet time in a lot of the U.S. this year, didn’t it? It was a long, cold winter, but the sun is finally starting to peek through, and warmer days are upon us!

Warm weather means trading winter coats for shorts and t-shirts, swapping boots for sandals, and before too long we’ll be going to pool parties and planning summer beach vacations! After a long winter of hiding under bulky sweaters and heavy coats, you might not be bikini-ready, and now’s the time to start eating healthier to help your body bounce back!

When you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, it’s really calories that count.

Choosing healthy foods like potatoes and sweet potatoes can help you feel full without breaking your calorie budget.

Did you know that a medium-sized potato has only 110 calories, and a medium sweet potato boasts a slim 103 calories? And a sweet potato has four grams of fiber, which is great for anyone trying to trim down without feeling deprived. Also, fiber helps your body feel fuller longer with fewer calories.

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are also fat- and cholesterol-free foods.

Ready to dive into some potato dishes before it’s time to jump into that swimming pool? We’ve got a few light, healthy potato recipes to help you meet your fitness goals….deliciously!

Light Loaded Baked Potato Soup
1. Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Blend up some fresh veggies with low-fat milk and cheese for a tasty spring soup! You can serve this on its own or with some whole grain bread for dipping for a satisfying, healthy meal. One bowl has just 159 calories!
 
 

Greek Salad Baked Potatoes
2. Greek Salad Baked Potatoes

Instead of cheddar and sour cream, try a different spin on the loaded baked potato, and top it with fresh veggies instead. A little bit of zesty feta cheese finishes off this quick, 211 calorie dish that won’t let your tastebuds down!
 
 

Sweet Potato Curry (MyRecipes)
3. Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

Sweet potato pairs beautifully with spicy curry seasonings in this light, one-dish meal that’s less than 200 calories per serving. Spoon it over brown rice for a little extra fiber to keep you feeling full.

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Sweet Potato Spinach Quesadillas (Health)
4. Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadillas

You can make this zesty dish even lighter by toasting your quesadillas in the oven or melting the cheese in the microwave instead of pan-frying. At just 391 calories per serving, though, you’re eating healthy any way you slice it!
 
 

Chili Lime Potato Tacos
5. Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Who doesn’t love taco night? Chicken and potatoes pair up with fresh vegetables and a zesty sauce for a supper that clocks in at just 220 calories per two taco serving. Best of all, you can mix it up with the many variations and make tacos just the way you like.
 
 

Sweet Potato Latkes (Women's Health)
6. Sweet Potato Latkes
A sweet take on this traditional dish, these sweet potato pancakes clock in at only 73 calories each. The secret? Instead of pan frying, you bake these up in the oven.
 
 

7. Quick & Healthy Garden Veggie Potato Salad

Spice up that traditional potato salad with plenty of fresh veggies to add vitamins and fiber without adding too many calories. The secret to this lightened up potato salad? We use Greek yogurt instead of fat-laden mayo.
 

Mother’s Day Recipes for Every Mom


Mother's Day Recipes

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Are you having trouble coming up with a recipe that’s just right for your mom? We’ve got you covered!

Moms come in as many flavors as our potatoes do colors, and it can be tough coming up with recipe ideas for a momma with discerning taste. Whether your mom is a total foodie, prefers comfort food, or falls somewhere in between, we have recipe suggestions for you!

We also want your Mother’s Day brunch to be about hanging with mom, not about standing over the stove, so we’ve picked out recipes that you can prep in advance, so you’ll spend minimal time in the kitchen on Sunday.

1. Foodie Momma

Does your mom love cooking shows, subscribe to Gourmet magazine, and like recipes that involve creme fraiche? Impress her palate with something fancy, like this Potato and Boursin Fritata. You can make the potato mixture in advance, so on the day-of, you’ll just spread it into the skillet, pour on the eggs and cheese, and bake. No stove time required!

2. Healthy Momma

If your mom is trying to eat light, you can still treat her right! Toss together a bed of field greens and top them with our Light and Lively Fingerling Potato Salad. A light vinaigrette replaces the heavy mayo that’s in most potato salad recipes, and the potatoes are filling without adding too many calories! This salad keeps beautifully in the fridge; you can prepare it up to two days in advance.

3. Vegetarian Momma

More and more folks are going meatless, and if you’re not used to cooking a vegetarian meal, it might be tough coming up with something tasty for Mother’s Day that your mom can eat. Make an Asian-themed meal centered around some delicious Japanese potato croquettes! You can make the croquettes the day before and just pop them into the oven on Mother’s Day.

4. Meat and Potatoes Momma

Cooking for a mom who likes more hearty fare, but want to add a bit of flair? She will love our Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole. You can assemble the casserole a day ahead, then just cook it up in the microwave when it’s almost brunch time. This is a super quick recipe that takes just 20 minutes in the microwave!

5. Traditional Momma

If your mom likes to keep it simple, surprise her with a good ol’ Chicken and Potato Pot Pie! Get all of the chopping done the day before, and this recipe will come together in less than half an hour on Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Celebrate Potato Style!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo shindig? Potatoes are a big part of Mexican cuisine, and they pair beautifully with traditional Mexican spices. We’ve rounded up some our favorite festive recipes to help you celebrate right!

The fifth of May is the anniversary of the Mexican army defeating the French in 1862, and it’s actually not a big holiday in Mexico. Here in the U.S., though, we love to celebrate with Mexican-themed fare, and of course plenty of frosty margaritas.

But sometimes we can overdo it on Cinco de Mayo, so balance out those margaritas with a good-for-you spread of healthy potato recipes! Check out our healthy Cinco de Mayo menu, along with a bonus recipe for our tangy (totally not healthy) margarita!

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Appetizers

Kick things off with some tasty crowd-pleasing starters! If you’re not doing a sit-down shindig, you can just serve these appetizers as finger foods, so your guests will have something festive and healthy to munch on between cocktails.

Potato Tacos

The Main Event

Cinco de Mayo is on a Sunday this year, which means you can celebrate with a yummy brunch. We’ve got a few main course options for you, so whether you go brunchy or for more standard fare, we’ve got you covered!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Margaritas are not what we’d call health food, but it’s a holiday, so indulge a little! We’ll never tell.

Makes: 8 margaritas

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces tequila
  • 8 ounces of triple sec
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup (optional)
  • Ice

Directions

Pour all of the ingredients into the blender, adding enough ice so the liquid is just covering it. Blend until smooth, and serve immediately.

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Lee Edwin Coursey