Fuel Your Workout with Healthy Potato Recipes

Don’t think potatoes have a place in your weight loss plan? Choose the right recipes, and potatoes can be a healthy and important part of your diet.

You might worry that the carbs in potatoes could derail your weight loss goals, but according to the Mayo Clinic, losing weight is all about expending more calories than you eat. A medium potato is a naturally fat- and cholesterol-free food and at a measly 110 calories, it’s a natural choice for maintaining a healthy weight.

In fact, your body needs carbohydrates to fuel your brain and your muscles. Studies suggest that a diet that includes a healthy amount of carbs can even lead to more endurance in your workouts.

What does all of this mean? It means that potatoes can fuel your workout, as long as they’re part of an overall healthy meal. That doesn’t mean you have to eat these foods right before working out. Just incorporating them into your regular diet can help provide fuel for your muscles for a better workout.

Need some recipes to get you started? These healthy potato recipes are great choices to get energized for exercise.

Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Healthy Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

This recipe has a nice balance of protein from the chicken, carbs from the potatoes and the taco shells, and a little bit of fat from reduced-fat cheese.

 
 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Pair up this veggie-packed potato recipe with a protein source like chicken, beans, or tofu for a balanced meal to supercharge your workout routine.

 
 

Grilled Potato Kabobs

Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle

You don’t have to skip summer cookouts to maintain a healthy diet. Include these grilled potato and vegetable skewers in your next cookout menu!

 
 

Mediterranean Savory Salad

Mediterranean Sun Kissed Savory Salad

Salads are synonymous with weight loss, but a pile of lettuce isn’t enough to keep you going at the gym. Try out this hearty dinner salad with potatoes and a touch of feta cheese instead.

 
 

Purple Potato Salad

Purple Potato Salad with Beets and Arugula

This is another spin on a dinner salad that includes healthy fat and a dose of protein from walnuts and beautiful beets for a little bit of natural sweetness.

 
 

Lightened Potato Latkes

Lightened Up Potato Latkes

Traditional latkes are pan-fried in lots of butter or oil, but our healthier version packs a nutritional punch! Serve these up with Greek yogurt for dipping to give yourself a little protein boost.

 
 

Potato Scramble

Potato Scramble with Butternut Squash and Pasilla Peppers

Start the morning off with a nice balance of protein, fat and carbs. Serve your scrambled potatoes with a fried egg or two to give your afternoon workout a boost.

 
 

Sweet Potato Kale

Sweet Potato & Kale Salad with Pineapple

Carbs, healthy fats, and a superfood punch from plenty of fresh kale? Talk about an energy wallop! You can eat this kale salad as a side dish or a main course.

 
 

Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Baked Potato with Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Pump up your workout with this one-bowl meal. Beans and yogurt add protein to your standard baked potato while keeping the fat grams in check.

 

Healthy, Spicy and Delicious: Baked Potato with Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Need a healthy baked potato recipe? Spice things up with a dollop of Greek yogurt and some spicy, crunchy roasted chickpeas!

Potatoes work great in side dishes, but they can also be the main course. With the right toppings, you can turn those spuds into into the star of the show at supper time! This healthy baked potato recipe has plenty of protein from the Greek yogurt and the chickpeas, fiber to keep you feeling full, and it’s packed with flavor.

Sriracha is an Asian chili sauce that’s available in most grocery stores. If you can’t find Sriracha at your local grocery store, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for the chili sauce. Not partial to spicy food? Don’t worry! Just skip the cayenne and the chili sauce and double the cumin instead.

Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Baked Potato with Greek Yogurt and Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Prep time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Express Bake PotatOHs, cooked in the microwave
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce (depending on how spicy you want your chickpeas)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dried or 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 fresh cucumber, seeded and chopped

Directions

1) Microwave PotatOHs on high 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Use oven mitts or potholders to remove them from the microwave. Let cool for 3 minutes and then remove wrapper.

2) Preheat the oven to 400.

3) Toss the chickpeas with the oil, cumin, Sriracha, and salt. Spread them out onto a cookie sheet and bake 30-40 minutes, or until they start to look just a little bit browned.

4) Meanwhile, use a fork to whisk together the yogurt, dill, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

5) Slice your baked potatoes almost all the way in half, leaving the bottom intact. Divide the yogurt mixture between the potatoes, then top each one with 1/4 of the chick peas and a handful of the chopped cucumber. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 435
  • Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 579mg
  • Carbohydrates: 68g
  • Protein: 23g

Planning a Cookout on 4th of July? Don’t Forget the Potatoes!

American Flags

July 4th is on Thursday, and that means firing up the grill! We’ve been talking about grilling a lot around here lately, but what fun is summer if you don’t cook lots of food outside over an open flame? No fun, that’s what!

This Independence Day, treat yourself to an grilled feast with plenty of healthy, hearty potatoes. Not only do potatoes bring a healthy dose of vitamin C to the table, but they’re a budget-friendly vegetable to flesh out your July 4th menu. That’s important if you’re planning a big ol’ cookout!

Also, remember that PotatOHs are a great shortcut to getting your potatoes ready for grilling. Throw them in the microwave and they’ll be cooked in just 4-7 minutes, cutting down grilling time and letting you enjoy more time with friends and family.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite potato sides, so no matter if you’re grilling a meat or veggie dish, there’s a great potato recipe to go with it. Enjoy!

 
Steak Sides

Steak or Pork

Balance out that heavy sirloin or pork chop with some lighter side dishes. Here are a few to try:

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

 
Chicken Sides

Chicken

There are so many ways to barbeque chicken, and these sides pair up well with almost any marinade.

Warm Honey Mustard Potato salad with Green Beans

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

Mediterranean Sun-Kissed Savory Salad

 
Fish Sides

Fish

Whether you’re serving up a strong-tasting fish like salmon or something more mild like tilapia, these sides are sure to be a hit.

Bacon and Chive Potato Pancakes and Arugula Salad

Lemon Oregano Roasted Potatoes

Festive Papas Tapas

 

Veggie Sides

Veggies

Creating an all-veggie grilled smorgasbord? Try these filling side dishes.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls

Creamy Potato and Vegetable Casserole

 
Image Credit: Creative Common Flag photo via Hryck on Flickr
 

5 Healthy and Refreshing Cold Summer Soups

Vichyssoise Meal

These simple summer soups are as easy to make as they are delicious and healthy.

If you’ve never had a good, cold soup, the idea of slurping up chilled spoonfuls of broth might not sound too appealing, but cold soups can be a delicious addition to any light summer meal. During the steamy summer months when even the thought of eating anything hot can be just too much, a simple cold soup can even be a meal on its own with some crusty bread or a salad on the side.

It’s also still National Fruits and Vegetables Month, and cold soups are a delicious way to eat up the summer bounty of seasonal fruits and veggies.

You might wonder what potatoes have to do with cold summer soups. Potatoes actually make a creamy soup base that’s just as tasty chilled as it is hot. We’ve rounded up some crowd-pleassing summer soup recipes for you right here!

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

1. Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a fruitier spin on the traditonal Spanish soup. It uses all fruits that are in season right now: tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumber. You can make this dish a day in advance, so if you’re planning a cookout or summer garden party it’s a great time-saver.

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Vichyssoise Soup

2. Classic Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise might sound pretty hoity toity, but this French soup couldn’t be simpler. It’s simply a pureed soup made with lots of good stuff: potatoes, leeks, and (of course!) heavy cream. It is French, after all!

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Green Pea Vichyssoise Soup

3. Green Pea Vischyssoise

Seasonal green peas are a delicious addition to the French classic. The peas add a touch of sweetness and turn your soup a gorgeous green. Drizzle on some olive oil, and you are in business!

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Chilled Carrot Soup

4. Chilled Carrot Soup

This bright orange soup is rich, creamy, and satisfying, and the toasted breadcrumbs give it just the right amount of crunch. Make it a meal with some Irish potato cakes with sour cream sauce on the side.

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Coconut Curry Soup

5. Curried Sweet Potato Soup

You can serve this hearty, spicy soup hot or cold. If you’re planning to chill it, we suggest following the tip at the bottom of the recipe to thin it out, since it will thicken as it chills.

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Cold soup not your cup of tea? We’ve got plenty of heart-warming hot soup recipes in our archives. Check ’em out!

 
Creative Commons Vischyssoise photo via yoppy on Flickr
 

Potatoes for Papa: Perfect Recipes to Celebrate Father’s Day

Festive Potato Tapas

Did Father’s Day sneak up on you? It’s coming up this Sunday, June 16th, and what better way to celebrate dad than with a delicious, hearty Father’s Day meal?

We love papas around here, and we don’t just mean dads. Papas is Spanish for potatoes, so bust out those tasty spuds and get ready to put together a mouth-watering Father’s Day feast! Cooking for dad can be a little bit tricky, but we’ve got you covered with a fancy spin on some down-home fare that’s perfect for papa.

Dad’s usually the one manning the grill, so for Father’s Day why not give him a break and show off your own grillin’ skills? If you’re new to the grill, don’t worry. Just one of the dishes below is grilled. The rest you can prep in advance, so you can spend time with dad, not in the kitchen.

Instead of a full-on, sit-down situation, we’ve picked out a menu that dad can eat with his hands, so he can munch on good food while doing what dads do best: playing with his kids. We’ve even picked out some beer pairings for you that will knock dad’s socks off!

Father’s Day Starters

Festive Papas Tapas: Think of this as potato bruschetta. Instead of slices of bread, pile your ingredients onto thin slices of potato for a gluten-free treat. And since potatoes don’t get soggy like bread slices do, you can make these a day in advance and just pull ’em out of the fridge for an instant appetizer.

Baked Jalapenos Poppers: Jalapeno poppers are normally deep fried, and dad will devour this oven-baked version without ever missing all of that extra grease! Prep and stuff these a day or two ahead of time, so all you have to do on Father’s Day is pop ’em in the oven.

Beer Pairing: Start things off light with a wheat beer, like Hefeweizen.

Father’s Day Main Course

Sliders: Instead of full-sized burgers, pile up a heap of miniature sliders that dad can munch with one hand. You can make the patties and prep the cheese, veggies, and buns on Saturday, so all you have to do is grill those burgers and assemble on Father’s Day.

Sweet Potato Oven Fries: Nothing goes with a burger like some fries. Just like the stuffed jalapenos, you make these fries in the oven. You can blanch and season your potatoes a day ahead, so all that’s left is baking. Pro tip: the jalapenos bake at 325F and the fries say to cook at 400F, but you can make the fries at a lower temperature, just cook them longer – check on them every few minutes until they look done. Your fries are ready when they’re a little bit browned on the edges.

Beer Pairing: Burgers and beer are the perfect match. Try a slightly bitter India pale ale (IPA) like Sierra Nevada.

Father’s Day Dessert

Potato Cake – Potato in cake might not sound too hot, but a little mashed potato makes this cake nice and moist with less fat!

Beer Pairing: Round things off with a smooth stout like Guinness, which is always a reliable choice with its creamy head and deep flavor.

To the new dads, the long-time dads, and the dads-to-be, all of us here at Farm Fresh Direct wish you a happy Father’s Day!

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!

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.

5 Spring Potato Recipes: Taste the Healthier Rainbow

Spring Potato Recipes

Have you been trying to eat a little bit healthier this spring? After a winter of eating rich, heavy meals and snacks it makes sense that folks might want to health things up a bit in the food department. You might think that potatoes don’t have a place in a healthy eating plan, but that couldn’t be more wrong!

An average sized potato has only a lean 110 calories, contains almost half of your daily vitamin C requirements, and a skin-on potato has more potassium than a banana. Not too shabby for one humble little tuber, if we do say so ourselves!

Eat the Rainbow

When nutritionists talk about common-sense eating rules, one concept that we see stressed over and over is to have a rainbow of food on your plate. Those colors in different vegetables – including different potato varieties – often represent different vitamin and mineral content, so having an array of colors on your plate usually means that you’re eating a healthy, well-rounded meal.

1. Red

Add a splash of red to your next meal with some Bombay Potato Curry. Red potatoes pair up with nutritious tomatoes to deliver a vitamin A punch along with plenty of vitamin C and potassium.

2. Orange

Sweet potatoes and other orange vegetables are good sources of fiber and vitamins A and B. You can bake a sweet potato as a side to a meal, but you can also make it the star of the show! Fancy up your next baked sweet potato with our recipe for Sweet Potato Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples!

3. Yellow

The Mediterranean Diet has been getting a lot of buzz on the health front lately. According to a recent Spanish study, a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats like olive oil can dramatically improve heart health. Add some delicious, sunny yellow and healthy olive oil to your plate with a Mediterranean Sun Kissed Savory Salad!

4. Green

Spruce up your plate with a dash of iron and plenty of fiber and niacin with leafy greens! Our Spinach and Artichoke Two Potato Casserole packs that leafy green goodness into a tasty side dish. Even the kids will want to eat their greens!

Wait, what about blue? There aren’t many naturally blue foods, and most of them don’t pair so well with potatoes, so our little rainbow goes right from green to purple. Get your blue on during dessert with a yummy bowl of fresh blueberries and cream!

5. Purple

Purple potatoes might look a little bit different, but they have a nice, mellow potato taste that’s very similar to any other more conventional potato. Never cooked a purple potato before? We’ve got you covered with this Purple Potato Salad with Beets and Arugula!

Who says that eating healthy can’t also be delicious? Do you have a favorite healthy potato recipe? Tell us about it in the comments!

7 Irish Potato Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Colcannon Chowder

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday! Celebrate with 7 delicious traditional Irish potato recipes. There’s something for everyone, from pancakes to soups and even potato candy!

As always, though many of these recipes call for steaming, baking or boiling, you can always use Express Bake PotatOHs as a shortcut and reduce cooking time, because they’re ready in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave. Enjoy!

Irish Potato Cakes

Irish Potato Cakes with Sour Cream Sauce

Traditional Irish potato pancakes are also called Boxty, and date back to the days of the potato famine. Families would make them to stretch potatoes for as many meals as possible. Today, Irish potato pancakes are a popular dish, even in restaurants. Our recipe adds flavor with cheddar cheese and an extra kick to with the addition of hot sauce and a touch of cayenne pepper.

 

Colcannon Chowder

Colcannon Chowder

This recipe puts a spin on traditional Irish Colcannon, which is a mixture of warm mashed potatoes and cabbage, and turns it into a hearty chowder. You can add smoked chicken or turkey sausage for extra flavor, or keep it vegetarian with cabbage, onion, carrots and of course, potatoes.

 

Corned Beef Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage 

A common dish found at any St. Patrick’s Day celebration, corned beef and cabbage is part of Irish-American culture loved by all. It became popular in the United States after Irish immigrants began substituting corned beef for instead of pork. This recipe takes a while to cook, but we assure you it will be well worth the wait.

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Apple Potato Mash

Appled Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This recipe combines the delicious flavors of three favorite foods: apples, potatoes and bacon! The added flavors of vinegar, butter and sugar and nutmeg give this adventurous side dish a taste that’s a little sweet and completely just right.

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Irish Potato Farls

Irish Potato Farls

The word farl originates from the Gaelic word fardel, which means “four parts.” Though this recipe calls for cooking fresh potatoes, these potato griddle breads can be made with leftover mashed potatoes too. You can serve it hot with a little butter and salt, or fry them alongside soda bread.

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Irish Potato Soup

Irish Potato Soup

Beginning in the 18th century, potatoes began appearing in Irish soups to make them heartier meals. Potato soup has persisted over the centuries and today it remains a popular dish, especially to warm up with on cold days in fall and winter. With cheddar cheese, cooked bacon and chives, this recipe is sure to please your palate.

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Irish Potato Candy

Irish Potato Candy

These are a bit of a misnomer. “Irish potato candy” isn’t really Irish — they originated in Philadelphia! Also, they’re not actually made with potatoes, but cream cheese and coconut! But because they are cute, delicious and look like little potatoes, we love them anyway, and we know you will, too.

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You Say ‘Potato;’ We Say ‘PotatOH!’

Fingerlings in New Package

Potatoes are delicious, but waiting for them to cook in the oven is the pits. Luckily, we have a solution: PotatOHs!

Nothing says comfort food like a steamy baked potato, but sometimes you don’t have time to bake up fresh spuds in the oven. Whether you’re baking or roasting, it can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to make your potatoes in a conventional oven, and that doesn’t even include the time it takes to preheat!

That’s fine for a special occasion, but on a busy weeknight, chances are you need to get supper on the table a little bit faster than that. Or a lot faster.

Cooking your potatoes in the microwave saves a ton of time, but have you noticed how when you cook regular potatoes in the microwave, the skin gets shriveled, and sometimes you end up with those not-so-appetizing hard spots?

That’s because microwaving food without the right packaging causes it to lose moisture. When you toss a typical naked potato in the microwave, you’re losing all of the natural moisture that keeps it tasting fresh. Also, more delicate potatoes like fingerlings don’t fare well in the microwave at all. They tend to just shrivel up into terrible little rocks. Not exactly the steamy, satisfying dish you were going for!

This is where the PotatOH comes in!

With PotatOHs, you can get a nutrition-packed meal on the table in 4-7 minutes instead of almost an hour, and that means less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. But what makes PotatOHs any different from other spuds? The secret is in the packaging.

We wrap every PotatOH in our special, BPA-free and recyclable SavorSeal™ wrap, designed to work with your microwave to lock in moisture and steam up every PotatOH so it’s just right.

That SavorSeal™ means no more hard spots or unappetizing, wrinkled skins! Whether you choose a tray of Fingerlings, our miniature Ruby or Gold Jubileez, or a good ‘ol russet or sweet potato, we tell you right on the package how to cook ’em up so they’re just right, and the SavorSeal™ makes sure that they come out as perfectly as any oven-baked potato. No waiting, no guesswork. Just perfect, delicious potatoes.

Once they’re steamed, your PotatOH is ready to serve! You can load ’em up with your favorite toppings – like cheese, salsa, or sour cream – and mash ’em, or get a little fancy. One of our favorite weeknight PotatOH dishes is this simple salad starring our Fingerling Jubileez. You can serve it up as a side dish, or make it a meal all on its own!

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

Fingerling Jubileez Salad

Yield: 4 appetizers or 2 meal-sized servings; Prep time: around 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tray PotatOH Fingerling Jubileez
  • 4 cups fresh lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite salad dressing

Cooking Directions

  1. Toss the PotatOHs in the microwave, and cook ’em up according to the package directions.
  2. While the PotatOHs cook, toss the veggies in a serving bowl. When they’re ready, add the PotatOHs, toss with the dressing, and serve!

What recipes have you created with PotatOHs? Let us know in the comments!