Fall Potato Recipes: Chili, Soups, and Stews for the Changing Season

Are you ready for fall? We’ve got some fall recipes to warm you up from the inside out!

When there’s a nip in the air, nothing hits the spot like good, old-fashioned comfort food. A steaming bowl of chili, soup, or stew hot off the stove is just the thing when fall weather rolls in, and nothing says comfort like a hearty potato.

Potatoes aren’t just filling comfort food – they’re a family-friendly way to get your kids eating healthy food in these colder months.

When it gets chilly, we tend to eat heavier foods, and a potato is a great way to make foods satisfying without adding any fat or a lot of calories. One medium potato has just 110 calories and is naturally fat free, so you can add potatoes to your family’s fall recipes without feeling guilty.

Chili Recipes

Fall Recipes: Chili

Gluten Free Vegetarian Potato Chili This hearty chili is packed with black beans and fresh veggies. Pile on your favorite toppings, and dig in!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili  – Are sweet potatoes more your speed? Try a sweet potato and black bean chili that cooks up in less than 45 minutes. Image Credit: Eating Well.

Soup Recipes

Fall Recipes: Soups

Colcannon Chowder – Colcannon is a simple, creamy Irish soup made with potatoes, cabbage, and sausage. Our lightened up version uses turkey sausage and reduced fat milk to make this classic soup healthier for your family.

Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Your family will never guess that instead of heavy cream, this soup gets its creaminess from pureed potatoes. It’s rich, creamy, and stick-to-your-ribs good.

Stew Recipes

Fall Recipes: Stews

Peppers and Potato Stew – This is a traditional Italian dish: peperonata di patate. This stew simmers for an hour before it’s ready, but you don’t have to stand over the stove while it cooks. Just check in occasionally to give it a stir. Image Credit: Cooking Channel.

Italian White Bean, Kale, and Potato Stew – Healthy beans and kale make this filling soup a good-for-you supper. It keeps well in the refrigerator or the freezer, so make a big batch and serve this up on a chilly, busy fall weeknight. Image Credit: Forks Over Knives.

Fall Recipes: Cornbread and Garlic Bread

Does chili, soup, or stew not feel like a meal on its own? Throw a basket of cornbread or garlic bread on the table, and your family will thank you!

Dairy Free Cornbread – This is a sweet cornbread that goes great with chili or with the white bean and potato stew listed above. Pass butter or margarine alongside for spreading.

Garlic Bread – Garlic bread would go well with any of the recipes listed above, and this recipe doesn’t require any baking. Just spread a garlic-butter mixture onto slices of French of Italian bread, and pop in the oven 10 minutes before you’re planning to have supper on the table.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes? Tell us about your favorite cool-weather supper ideas in the comments!

Potato Recipes: Quick & Easy Microwave Meals

Fast and Fit Clam Chowder

You know that it’s quick and easy to cook up our farm fresh PotatOHs, but did you know that you can make microwave potato recipes to feed your family in a flash?

How do you use your microwave? Is it mostly for reheating leftovers and making popcorn for family movie night? Microwaves are handy for reheating, but with the help of PotatOHs you can also use them to cook up healthy meals that your whole family will love! We’ve rounded up healthy potato recipes to make your life a little bit easier and a little bit healthier, too.

Not only do these potato recipes help you get supper on the table in a hurry, but including healthy potatoes means you’re adding potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and antioxidants to your family’s plate. Potatoes are also naturally fat- and sodium-free, so you can feel good about dishing them up.

Fast and Fit Clam Chowder

Kids love creamy, hearty clam chowder on a chilly fall evening. Toss together a quick green salad and serve this up with crusty bread, and you’ve got a healthy weeknight meal. The recipe calls for diced potatoes, but you can save even more time (and chopping!) if you substitute our Fingerling Jubileez. Instead of adding them to the broth, just cook them up before you get started, and add half to the soup when you put it in the blender. You can toss the rest in whole or slice them in half to make them a little bit more bite-sized.

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Loaded “Baked” PotatOHs

Everybody loves a loaded baked potato, and with our PotatOHs, you can create easy microwave meals that even your kids will enjoy. Check out the variations for broccoli and cheese, pizza, and spinach Alfredo. Instead of slicing the potatoes in half before you microwave, just cook up one Express Bake PotatOH per person and halve it after cooking.

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Meatloaf-Stuffed Potato

Turn leftover meatloaf into a quick supper with this microwave potato recipe. Instead of stuffing the uncooked potato, just cook up one Express Bake PotatOH per person, then scoop, stuff, and microwave for 1-2 minutes, just to heat the meatloaf all the way through. Serve with a side of microwave-steamed asparagus, and you’ll have a delicious supper on the table in less than 20 minutes!

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Greek Salad “Baked” Potatoes

Baking potatoes in the oven can take up to an hour, but throw some Express Bake PotatOHs in the microwave, and you’ve got supper in a fraction of the time. This fresh spin on a loaded baked potato features plenty of veggies and feta cheese for a one-dish meal.

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Microwave Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a hearty, filling meal, and you can make it much more quickly using a microwave. The recipe below calls for dicing the potatoes and cooking them in water, but you can use a tray of our Gold Jubileez to make your creamy mashed potatoes with no peeling or chopping. Just heat them according to the package instructions, then use them in the recipe in place of the cooked, chopped potatoes.

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Microwave Shepherdess Pie

Does your family love sweet potatoes? Shepherdess pie is a fun twist on traditional shepherd’s pie that uses mashed sweets instead of regular potatoes. To make this variation, use the recipe above, but substitute four Express Bake Sweet PotatOHs cooked in the microwave for the russet potatoes in the recipe. Just like the shepherd’s pie, you don’t need to peel and dice these up before microwaving. Just cook according to the package directions, and let them cool. The skin will peel away easily with your fingers, and it’s OK if you don’t get every last bit of skin, since this is a rustic dish.

Do you have a favorite microwave potato recipe? Share your quick and easy meal ideas in the comments!
 

Gluten Free Recipe: Vegetarian Potato Chili

Potato Chili

We’ve whipped up a gluten free recipe that’s stick-to-your-ribs good!

Celiac disease affects one out of every 141 Americans. It’s different from a gluten allergy or intolerance. Celiac disease is actually a small intestine disorder that causes sufferers to be hypersensitive to gluten. For someone dealing with celiac disease, eating food with gluten can cause serious symptoms, like digestive problems, anemia, bone density loss, and numbness in the extremities.

Gluten can hide in unexpected places. People suffering from celiac disease need to avoid bread, pasta, and other obvious gluten-packed foods, but you also find gluten in surprising places like beer, malt vinegar, soy sauce, and even some salad dressings.

The good news is that there are lots of healthy, gluten free foods and gluten free recipe ideas out there!

You might also be surprised to learn that potatoes are a naturally gluten free food, which makes them a perfect addition to a healthy, gluten-free diet. They’re also naturally fat and cholesterol free, so you can eat those potatoes without an ounce of guilt!

Potato Chili

Gluten Free Recipe: Vegetarian Potato Chili

Makes 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 a sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tray Express Bake PotatOH! Ruby Jubileez
  • optional toppings: sliced avocado, chopped scallions, sour cream, shredded cheese

Cooking Directions

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high and saute the onion, garlic, and pepper until they begin to soften. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the potatoes and toppings. Bring to a boil, the reduce the heat to low and simmer with the pot partially covered for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

2. Meanwhile, cook your PotatOHs in the microwave according to package directions. When they’re cool enough to handle, dice them into 1/2″ pieces.

3. Add the potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes more, until everything is heated through. Serve with your choice of gluten free toppings. Enjoy!

Game Day Snacks: Kick Off Football Season and National Chicken Month

Football FIeld
Celebrate the start of football season and National Chicken Month with some simple game day snacks.

Is there anything sweeter than the start of football season? What if we told you that not only are your favorite teams kicking off on the field, but that September is also National Chicken Month? Can you say “delicious game day snacks?”

Potatoes a delicious addition to your game day snacks spread, and they’re easy to prepare, so you can spend your day enjoying the big game, not on food preparation. Baking a potato in the oven takes around 45 minutes, but you can bake up a farm fresh PotatOH in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave to save yourself time for what’s really important here: FOOTBALL!

Potatoes and chicken go hand in wing, don’t they? From loaded tater skins to potato and chicken soft tacos, there are endless delicious ways to team up these all star foods on game day. We’ve rounded up some of the best game day finger foods for your next football get together. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

1. Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

A smoky, spicy twist on regular potato skins. Skip the oven and microwave your potatoes to make this dish even faster!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

2. Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

With just 5 ingredients, this easy game day snack is still a crowd-pleaser. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa for dipping. Image Source: Rachel Ray.
 
 
 
Grilled Rosemary Chicken

3. Grilled Chicken and Potato Skewers

Impress your guests with grilled kabobs that use rosemary stems instead of bamboo skewers. Image Source: Endless Simmer.
 
 
 
Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

4. Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Taco night on game day, anyone? Serve these tacos already made, or set out the ingredients separately to let your game day guests build their own.
 
 
 
Potato Croquettes

5. Chicken, Mushroom, and Potato Croquettes

Cut your cooking time in half by microwaving the potatoes instead of boiling them, then kick back and get ready to impress your guests with these croquettes. Image Source: Onion Rings and Things.
 
 
Potato Knish

6. Potato Knishes

A knish is a Jewish pastry stuffed with savory goodness. This version is packed with potatoes mashed with chicken stock. Image Source: All Recipes.
 
 
 
Chicken Curry Puffs

7. Chicken Curry Puffs

Think of these as cheater’s samosas. Instead of making the dough from scratch, these spicy curry puffs use pre-made puff pastry dough to save time and guess work. Your guests never need to know!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Squares

8. Sweet Potato and Lemon Sausage

Use chicken sausage instead of pork to lighten up this recipe in honor of National Chicken Month. Image Source: My Recipes.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Daniel X. O’Niel on Flickr