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

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