8 Healthy Holiday Recipes with Potatoes

Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Adding potatoes to the mix helps lighten up favorite holiday recipes without sacrificing any of the richness.

Potatoes are a healthy addition to your holiday recipes. One potato with the skin on has just 110 calories and 45 percent of your daily requirements for vitamin C. Potatoes also do a good job of filling you up without filling you out, partly because skin-on potatoes provide eight percent of your daily recommended fiber.

On top of their health benefits, potatoes are a great food to help reduce the cost of your holiday recipes. They’re one of the most inexpensive items in the produce aisle, so they help you stretch your holiday food budget a little bit further.

Discover the creative side of potatoes with this mix of traditional and not-so-traditional holiday recipes!

Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

1. Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

Ramps are wild onions. If you can’t find these at your grocery store, green onions work as a replacement. They give this dish a mild, oniony flavor. This salad makes a healthy side dish with roast chicken or pork. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 170 calories, 8.7 grams of fat, 2.8 grams of fiber


Fennel Potato Soup

2. Fennel-Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon

Salmon is a traditional Danish Christmas food. This light and healthy soup makes a hearty side dish or could even work as your main course if you allow for larger servings. Image Source: Epicurious.

Nutritional Information for 1 side-dish serving: 145 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber


Chicken Potato Pot Pie

3. Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Pot pie is an easy, inexpensive, one-dish meal to make holiday cooking a breeze. This holiday recipe is kid-friendly and even easier to make with the help of your microwave to cut down on cooking time.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 487 calories, 19 grams of fat


Carrot Parsnip Potato Coins

4. Roasted Carrot, Parsnip, and Potato Coins

Are you serving roast beef for Christmas dinner? This roasted root vegetable medley is the perfect side dish. Image Source: Epicurious.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 218 calories, 12.5 grams of fat, 4.4 grams of fiber


Mashed Potato Casserole

5. Mashed Potato Casserole

Your guests will never guess that this rich-tasting mashed potatoes are actually quite healthy. These rich mashed potatoes pair well with any main course you have planned. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 243 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of fiber


Fontina Potato Skins

6. Fontina-Stuffed Potato Skins

Keep the healthy skins on your potatoes by replacing traditional mashed potatoes with baked potato skins instead. This is another versatile side that works with any main dish. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 142 calories, 5.4 grams of fat, 1.3 grams of fiber


Christmas Eve Beef Stew

7. Christmas Eve Beef Stew

Stews cook up slowly, but the beauty of these one-pot meals is that you don’t have to stand in front of the stove the whole time. Image Credit: All Recipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 474 calories, 14.6 grams of fat, 6.2 grams of fiber


Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

 8. Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Sneak some broccoli onto the holiday table with a cheesy potato recipe that even the kids are sure to love. Serve with roast chicken or pork and a green salad for a healthy holiday meal.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 135 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber


Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That You’ll Love

Turkey Pot Pie

Is your refrigerator full of leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Eat ’em up with these clever Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

We hope that you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving this year and got to stuff yourself on turkey with all of the trimmings. Do you feel like you can never look at another plate of stuffing or cranberry sauce again? These leftover recipes use your extras in some surprising ways that you’ll love even if you’re over Thanksgiving food!

1. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie can use quite a few of those Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow this recipe, but use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground beef. Top with mashed potatoes or even mashed sweet potatoes, and you can replace some of the vegetables with green bean casserole.

2. Potato Taquitos

Instead of making the mashed potatoes in this recipe, just add the cheese to the potatoes left over from Thanksgiving supper. You can follow the rest of the recipe exactly or add roasted vegetables or chopped turkey to include even more Thanksgiving dishes in this meal.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

3. Turkey Potato Empanadas

Morgan at Host the Toast came up with this recipe to spice up turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. If you’re running low on mashed potatoes, you can also use mashed sweet potatoes in this zingy recipe.

4. Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

This convenience recipe is even more convenient when you have turkey and stuffing in the refrigerator already. If you have roasted vegetables or a green bean casserole left over, you can use those in place of the vegetables the recipe calls for.

5. Sweet Potato Biscuits

Leftover sweet potato casserole works perfectly in place of the mashed sweet potato and buttermilk in this recipe. Instead of one cup mashed sweets and 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, substitute 2 1/2 cups sweet potato casserole.

6. Turkey Pot Pie

Of course this recipe is great for using leftover turkey, but you can also use green bean casserole or roasted veggies in place of the peas in this filling pot pie. If you served roasted potatoes, you can dice those up instead of using raw potatoes, and add them closer to the end so that they don’t overcook.

7. Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash

You can even create Thanksgiving leftover recipes for breakfast. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy for a hearty after-Thanksgiving breakfast.

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers Wrap

Combine your leftovers in a whole grain or spinach tortilla, and wrap them up burrito-style. Try layering on mashed potatoes, a little bit of cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, and even a bit of gravy. You can also serve this on bread.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Tell us in the comments!

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Thanksgiving Recipes: Healthy Potato and Sweet Potato Dishes and Desserts

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes and sweet potatoes can help you create healthy and delicious Thanksgiving recipes that your family will love.

Whether we’re talking soups and casseroles or appetizers and sides, potatoes and sweet potatoes are a staple at the Thanksgiving table. They’re versatile, easy to cook with, and – maybe best of all – kid-friendly. 

We’ve rounded up some simple Thanksgiving recipes to help you with all of your holiday meal-planning needs.

Soups and Salads

Thanksgiving dinners can be on the heavy side, but with the help of healthy potatoes and sweet potatoes, you can lighten them up.

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup – The best part of this soup? It’s actually better if you make it in advance. That means less cooking on Thanksgiving day! Just pour it into a pot on the day-of, and turn on the stove to warm it up.

Cauliflower Herb Soup – This creamy soup packs a punch of healthy veggies! For a vegetarian version, just use vegetable broth in place of chicken and leave out the ham.

Light and Lively Fingerling Potato Salad – Kick off your meal with a green salad that even the kids will eat. Filling potatoes make this salad kid- and adult-friendly.

Traditional Appetizers and Side Dishes

Of course, your guests are going to expect at least a couple of more traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Here are a couple of healthy spins on Thanksgiving classics.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole – This dish can be loaded with butter and cream, but you can serve up a lighter version that’s just as delicious.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes – Save even more time and make this recipe even healthier by choosing thin-skinned potatoes like our Gold Jubileez, and mashing them with the skins on. You can cook them in the microwave in a fraction of the time.

Braided Sweet Potato Cornbread – This bread is a little bit sweet and a little bit savory.

Old Fashioned Potato Biscuits – If sweet potato bread isn’t your thing, serve up these buttery biscuits instead.

Potato-Bread Stuffing – The vegetarians at the table will thank you for including some not-in-the-bird stuffing for them to enjoy.

Main Dishes

Here are some Thanksgiving recipes that are a little bit less traditional but will save you time  and calories! We’ve even got a couple of suggestions for feeding your vegetarian and vegan guests.

Roast Turkey Breast with Potatoes and Green Beans – Instead of a whole turkey, roast up just the breast. It’s quicker, easier, and you can scale this Thanksgiving recipe up to feed as many guests as you need to.

Lentil Walnut Loaf with Sweet Potatoes – A veggie loaf is a filling main dish for your vegetarian and vegan guests. Even the omnivores at the table are going to want a slice of this, so make sure you cook enough for everyone!

Seitan Pot Roast – Seitan is a vegan meat substitute made with wheat gluten, and you can find it at many health food stores. This recipe roasts with potatoes and other veggies in a rich gravy.


Of course, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without something sweet to top things off. Here are some healthier versions of traditional Thanksgiving dessert recipes.

Sweet Potato Pie – Your guests will never guess that this is a lower-fat version of the Thanksgiving classic.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake – Sweet potatoes replace some of the fat in this pound cake recipe without taking away from the richness.

Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Share yours in the comments!