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!

PotatOH and SavorSeal: The Best Way to Microwave Potatoes

SavorSeal and PotatOH Label Closeup
 

What makes a potato a PotatOH?

If you’ve ever picked up an Express Bake PotatOH in a store, you know that we use the highest quality potatoes, and they come double-washed for your convenience. Also, each PotatOH is wrapped in our SavorSeal™, a proprietary wrap we developed to lock in its flavor and nutrients.

But, we know that you may still have questions. That’s why we’re really excited to announce (drum roll please) that after a few weeks of hard work, we’ve just finished our new video about what makes PotatOHs better and different from other potato products.

 

A little back story

We’ve heard that sometimes, in a pinch, people microwave potatoes on a plate, in cloth bags, or use wet paper towels. We also know someone’s mom who “just uses plastic containers” and someone’s roommate who thinks a plastic zippy bag or plastic wrap “works just fine.”

Here’s the problem with that:

1)   You won’t get the same great taste and perfect texture as a PotatOH by using cloth bags or paper towels, or just microwaving a potato on a plate.
2)   Using plastic wraps and containers isn’t safe.

 

SavorSeal™: A real star

SavorSeal™ works by trapping in the PotatOH’s own moisture, so your spud steams while it’s cooking in the microwave. By the way – did you know that microwaving and steaming are the two best ways to retain the nutrients in food? Well, you do now! That makes your PotatOH soft all around, evenly cooked and ready to eat in just 4 to 7 minutes.

Also, unlike other wraps — which may leach harmful chemicals from the plastic — SavorSeal™ does not, and is BPA-free and certified safe by the FDA. In fact, it was created to protect foods while cooking in the microwave.

To learn more and to prove your mom, roommate or some other doubting Thomas wrong, check out our new video below. We’re very glad to have a great tool to help people understand what makes our products special. Hopefully, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and then you’ll get really really hungry for a PotatOH.

Let us know what you think!

 

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Buy Potatoes Online

Why buy potatoes online? We’ll tell you why! Here are 3 great reasons you should buy PotatOHs online and forget those packs of frozen potatoes at the store.
 

PotatOHs Are High Quality Potatoes

Only the freshest and highest-quality potatoes from our farms become Express Bake PotatOHs — and we really mean it! Our russet and sweet PotatOHs are graded USDA No. 1, given only to the most good-lookin’ and healthy potatoes around. And even though Fingerlings aren’t graded, just take one look at our russets and sweets, and you’ll see we only pick the best of the bite-sized.
 

PotatOHs are The Most Convenient Way To Make Potatoes

With PotatOH, you won’t have to turn the oven on to bake a potato ever again. Double-washed and ready to microwave, russets and sweets are fully cooked in 7 minutes, and fingerling Jubileez in just 5! Best of all, our special, USDA-approved BPA-free SavorSeal™  wrap keeps flavor and moisture, so your PotatOH keeps its natural taste and is nice and soft after cooking in the microwave. Add your favorite toppings and you have a quick and easy meal, or use it as a shortcut for your favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner potato recipe.
 

PotatOHs Save You Time With Easy Checkout and Fast Shipping

When you buy PotatOHs online, you get to skip the trip to the grocery store, and all the headaches that come with crowded aisles and long lines at the supermarket. Our easy checkout only takes a few clicks and is even faster when you pay with PayPal (Don’t use PayPal? No problem! Simply pay as a guest with your credit card). Also, with our express shipping, you can expect PotatOHs at your doorstep in 2 days! That leaves plenty of time for you to do more of your favorite things.
 
Hungry yet? Shop now for PotatOHs right here on our site.

Get To Know Our Farms and The Potatoes That We Grow

We will soon give you updates each month on what’s going on at our farms. In the meantime, we’d like to show you around some parts of the Farm Fresh Direct site so you get to know our farms better, and learn about the potatoes that we grow.

 

Our Farms

Most of our farms are nestled in the gorgeous San Luis Valley in Colorado, a tract of land stretching 122 miles long and 70 miles wide, bordered by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the stunning San Juans to the west. We’ve also expanded beyond Colorado, and are proud to have partner farms in Kansas, Nebraska and Nevada. Click through to see our featured farms: Summit, Price, Spud Grower, JDS and Esperanza Farms, and the Three S Ranch.

 

Our Crops

Farm Fresh potatoes start out on our beautiful farms, where they’re carefully tended by hardworking farmers and dedicated crews. And though growing potatoes is seriously hard work, we love to do it. Our “office” has some of the best views anywhere, and knowing our potatoes feed so many people makes us feel great about what we do. Click through to learn a little bit about what we do through each season: spring, summer, fall and winter.

 

Potato Varieties

Potatoes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors, and each type has its own taste and texture. Real experts—like our farmers—can even see and taste the difference between two different varieties of russets. These special qualities make different types of potatoes better for certain dishes or styles of preparation. Click through to learn about the different types of potatoes we grow: russets, reds, yellows, fingerlings, purples/blues, whites and sweets.

 

Express Bake PotatOH

Making a PotatOH is an easy shortcut that delivers all the great taste of an oven-baked potato or your favorite potato dish. Pre-washed and ready to cook, each PotatOH is wrapped in our SavorSeal™, a special, microwave-safe and BPA-free wrap designed to protect foods and preserve their fresh taste when cooked in the microwave. Click through to learn more, and order russets, sweets and fingerlings right here on our site, saving you a trip to the grocery store.

 
 

February is Potato Lovers Month! Celebrate with PotatOH (Giveaway)

February is one of our favorite times of the year, because we get to celebrate that healthy, round little vegetable that’s so good for us and we love to eat.

When you stop to think about it, potatoes give us a whole lotta love. They:

  • Are low in calories, with only 110 in a medium-sized spud
  • Are fat, cholesterol and sodium-free, so they’re easy on your heart and on your weight
  • Are full of fiber, helping keep us fuller longer
  • Are gluten-free, providing healthy, natural and satisfying meals for people with gluten sensitivity
  • Are can be made almost any way you can imagine, and you can bake ’em, fry ’em, grill ’em, microwave ’em, smash ’em, steam ’em and…well, you get the point!

There are many reasons to love potatoes, and we want to hear yours! Celebrate Potato Lovers Month by telling us why YOU love potatoes.

5 lucky potato lovers will receive a FREE variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs (2 russets, 2 sweet potatoes, and a tray pack of fingerling jubileez)!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we can contact you. We love all of our fans, but we ship fresh potatoes and like to get them to your doorstep quick, so only potato lovers in the U.S. are eligible. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 10, so check our blog for updates!

When you don’t have all day, grab an Express Bake PotatOH!

If you’ve got a minute, keep reading. If you’re really in a rush, just click here.

With that out of the way, let’s get started. One thing we hear from a lot of new cooks—and some seasoned veterans, too—is that potatoes take a long time to prepare. But in fact, there’s almost no potato dish you can’t do faster using our Express Bake PotatOHs and your trusty friend, the microwave.

What’s a PotatOH? Well, they’re fresh potatoes. But what makes them extra special is the wrapper. We call it SavorSeal™: a genius, BPA-free wrap certified safe by the FDA designed to protect foods and preserve their fresh flavor in the microwave. PotatOHs come in three kinds of pre-washed, ready-to-cook goodness: russet, fingerling and sweet, and depending on how many servings you need, you could be eating one in just under seven minutes.

So now you have the perfect answer to a healthy weeknight side, a satisfying-but-speedy office lunch or a wholesome, hearty anytime snack. Packed with a heaping helping of endless possibility, PotatOH can be topped with anything your heart desires. We’re partial to plain, non-fat yogurt, but one guy here goes for maple syrup. Or, you can use them as a shortcut in your favorite recipes, too. To get your hands on some now, click the link and order up some PotatOH perfection.