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!

 
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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!

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!
 

Healthy Holiday Potato Recipes

Holiday Potatoes

The feasting season is upon us. And we are so glad, because there is lots of delicious food to look forward to.

However, it also means a lot more temptation on the eating front (the parties, the fantastic meals, the toasts, the sweets, the eggnog), and for many of us, less time in December to take care of ourselves (eat well, workout, relax and rest).

Overeating is part of December, period. But you can counter balance that, easy peasy. Here are 3 easy recipes and a snack tip for keeping your potato cooking light, but delicious and healthy this holiday season.

PotatOHs: the Perfect Antidote to Overindulgence

Pop a PotatOH into the microwave at work for a fast, healthy lunch. Or stop off at home on a busy Saturday to power up for hours more of shopping fun. In less than three minutes, you’ll have a healthy, satisfying meal that will help keep your hunger at bay. Just keep the toppings trim. Go for veggie chili, low-fat yogurt or a dash of olive oil (a healthy fat) and some salt and pepper.

Bonus tip: to keep the naughty noshing to a minimum, try a PotatOH with salsa as a pre-soiree snack. If you don’t go to the party starving, you’ll be less likely to eat the whole dang cheese platter.

Holiday Recipes

Lightened Potato Latkes
Potato Latkes

An important part of Jewish holidays, latkes are cooked in oil to remind folks of the oil that gave light in the temple for eight days.

Try this lightened up Latkes recipe that lets you enjoy tradition and taste without without extra calories. You can use any potato you like, but for crispiest results, use the starchiest (Russets.) Enjoy.

 

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

This buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe is a family favorite at our house. The garlic cloves make it super special, because they give the potato puree extra body and lots of flavor. We also like to add some chopped chives to the top because it looks great and adds even more taste.

 

Au Gratin Potatoes
Au Gratin

Richly cheesy sauce coats perfectly cooked potatoes in this classic holiday casserole we dream of all year long. Our go-to recipe for Au Gratin potatoes is healthy and omits butter, keeps the milk and low fat, and backs off a bit on the cheese. You won’t miss it.

 

What are your favorite holiday potato recipes? Let us know in the comments!

Enjoy Fall Colors In Your Food With Harvest Time Potato Recipes

After a hot, dry summer and a wonderful growing season, this week finds us about half way through the potato harvest. Fall is here!

While the first “official” day of fall is Saturday, September 22, the nighttime temps around here have been down in the low 40s.

We’re wearing sweaters and jackets at night.

The aspen trees are just starting to turn vibrant gold.

Our high school football team is three games in to the season and still undefeated. Go Pirates!

And our taste buds have turned to the flavors of fall. We’re eating crisp apples. We’re thinking about stews. We can smell the Hatch chiles roasting at the farmers market.

So how could you not be craving scalloped potatoes? Or potato soup?

Here are a handful of great fall potato recipes that celebrate the taste of the season. Stay tuned for more to come, as fall has just kicked off!

Lemon Oregano Roasted Potatoes

An easy way to get potatoes on the table with great fall flavors is to roast them. They don’t take a lot of prep time, and should cook in less than 40 minutes. You can season them with about anything—including plain salt and pepper. But this recipe calls for lemon and oregano. It’s so nice next to a roast chicken—very Greek inspired. But again, would go well with just about any protein.

Sometimes, we make these with tarragon. Sometimes we make them with herbs de Provence. Sometimes, we just use salt and pepper.

Scalloped Potatoes with Chicken and Gravy

When you talk about all-time favorite potato dishes around here, especially with the folks who grow our spuds, scalloped or au gratin potatoes are always mentioned with a happy smile. The cooler temperatures make it ok to turn the oven on again and the hard work of harvest has us ready for heartier meals. So we’re planning on making this dish this week, for sure.

Our recipe calls for fingerlings, but you could use the classic Yukon gold or any other waxy potato. A delicious surprise here is the inclusion of chicken. We often make this dish when we have a leftover roast. We serve it as a side, next to ham or more chicken, but the flavors could go with pork chops or beef, too.  We think it would make great leftovers, but we’ve never been lucky enough to find out!

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup

Another great sign of fall is the return of soup to the dinner table. This recipe is a cheesy, creamy dream come true for kids. And it’s great for a fast weeknight meal, because it can be ready in less than 30 minutes. If you have chicken stock, skip the bullion and water. If you have fresh broccoli, you can use that instead of frozen. If you have leftover broccoli (is it just us?) you could use that instead, too. Sprinkle with a pinch of smoked paprika for a stunning presentation. Also, if you happened to pick up any of those roasted Hatch chiles, like we did, you could cut some up and slip them in.

Do you have any favorite fall potato recipes? Let us know in the comments!

Healthy Microwave Potato Meals Under $10

PotatOH on Dollar Bills
We all know that fresh foods are almost always healthier than packaged, processed or “fast” ones. In addition to having more nutrients, they generally have less sodium, fat, sugar and preservatives.

But what keeps us from serving fresh foods more often (or all the time!) is the idea that it takes too much time to prepare them, or that fresh foods are too expensive.

Well, pound-for-pound, potatoes are one of the best nutritional values you can find in the produce aisle. And with the help of your microwave they can be ready in less than 7 minutes, too!

So here are three recipes designed to help you save money at the supermarket, save time in the kitchen, and still eat happy, healthy meals. Here goes:

Turkey Potato Dinner Wraps

Wraps are awesome. We’re seeing more and more of them, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, too. But read the label on your tortilla. The “authentic” ones are sometimes made with lard and although they are endlessly delicious, you might be surprised at the number of calories they can add.

This recipe pairs ground turkey, a lean, fast cooking protein, with potatoes and some simple seasonings for a fast, healthy feast. We like to serve it with crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery in lieu of a more elaborate salad.

Using PotatOHs in here will help preserve nutrients and add flavor, too. Cook your PotatOHs according to the directions on the package, then pick up the recipe from there.

Quick and Healthy Potato Soup

Soup can be a big help to anyone on a healthy diet. One study showed that you are likely to eat fewer calories when served soup, but still feel satisfied. Could be that the high water content helps you feel fuller, faster. Could be that you eat slower, so as not to spill.

Making soup yourself can be fast and easy, and also lets you control the amount of sodium. Canned soups are often salt heavy, so that’s a big plus.

Here is a basic recipe for potato soup, plus several variations, all under $3.00/serving.
Use your microwave and PotatOHs to save time and boost the flavor. And keep the skin on! We like the rustic look and it adds nutritional value, too.

Turkey Taco Baked PotatOH

Here’s a dish that’s so simple, you don’t even need a recipe. Pick up a package of taco seasoning (choose a low sodium version if you can) and prepare it according to the directions, using ground turkey, a great lean protein.

While you’re browning the turkey, pop a PotatOH into the microwave. Top your tater with the taco-seasoned turkey and you’ll be eating a Mexican style baked potato in no time. Salsa, non-fat Greek yogurt, chopped green onions, hot sauce and low-fat cheddar cheese aren’t strictly necessary, but they can add a feast-like feeling to the fiesta on your plate.

 

Easy Microwave Potato Recipes for Kids: Back to School Snacks

Back to School Snacks

If your kids haven’t already, they’re probably headed back to school any minute now. So get ready to be even busier than you remembered!

But it’s not just you who’s in a big rush.

After school activities, sports and homework all take more time as kids progress into higher grade levels at school. Each new grade means more responsibility, more commitments and more riding on performance. Somewhere between school, sports, after school activities and oodles of homework, kids will need to stop and eat. Fast.

PotatOHs are the perfect snack for hungry kids

Kids (of all ages) need fast, healthy snacks that can fill them up, taste great and offer nutritional benefits, too.

Let’s talk PotatOHs:

  • They’re healthy and nutritious
  • Everyone — especially kids — love them
  • They’re fast, hot and satisfying
  • They’re easy to prepare
  • They’re safer for kids than using the stove
  • They’re versatile, so kids can enjoy them lots of ways

4 Kid-Friendly Microwave Potato Recipes

Here are four kid-friendly potato recipes that are easy to make, fun to eat, and make great after-school snacks. Depending on how old your children are, you may want to try these out with your kids first, or, you might just print the recipe and leave it on the kitchen counter under the package of PotatOHs with a little note: enjoy!

Quick & Healthy Microwave Baked PotatOHs

Baked PotatOHs can be topped with anything your child likes. Traditional toppings like bacon and sour cream or low-fat yogurt and chopped chives are obvious. But equally delicious are more creative solutions, like last night’s leftovers, a can of creamy soup or some of pizza sauce and a bit of grated cheese. This recipe offers 4 variations (classic baked potato with yogurt topping, broccoli and cheddar baked potatoes, baked pizza potatoes, and spinach Alfredo) Try them all and then make up some of your own.

Fingerling PotatOHs

Sometimes, the best snacks are the simple ones you can just eat with your hands. No spoon. No fork. No fuss! Fingerlings can be like that. We like to make a batch in the microwave, let them cool slightly and then eat them as is with a little salt and pepper on them. Sometimes, we dip them into ranch dressing; BBQ, Teriyaki and/or hoisin sauce. Ketchup and mustard are good, too. They’re great to snack on during homework and clean up is a snap.

Microwave Soup and Potatoes

Another good go-to, kid-friendly, afternoon snack or school night feast, Microwave Soup and PotatOHs are super easy to make. The potato helps make soup more filling while also adding an important nutritional boost. You can make this recipe with sweet potatoes, too. Add a salad or a side of steam in the bag green beans and you’ve got a complete dinner in under 20 minutes.

Microwave Au Gratin Potatoes

An all-time favorite in many families, this hearty casserole looks and tastes like a Sunday night special, but it’s ready in less than 20 minutes. So you’re good to go any night of the week. As perfect as these potatoes are beside a slice or two of pre-baked ham, they also go great with rotisserie chicken or polish sausage. Experiment with the cheese if you like — substitute pepper jack, cheddar or smoked Gouda for the Swiss. Yum!

 

3 Hearty Father’s Day Microwave Potato Recipes

Family making food

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and what better way to celebrate dear ol’ dad than with a delicious potato dish that’s sure to satisfy his appetite? If you’re looking to make this Sunday special for your dad or grandpa, and he’s tired of the usual steaks and burgers, look no more! We have three fun and hearty chicken, meat and sausage potato recipes that are bound to put a big smile on your dad’s face on Father’s Day.

 

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Potatoes Topped with Creamed Chicken

This quick and easy recipe combines all of the delicious flavors of Express Bake PotatOHs, chicken, creamy chicken soup and milk. The result is a comforting meal that’s perfect as a surprise snack, lunch or dinner. If your dad is a fan of chicken, potatoes and soup, this is a perfect way to make it so he can enjoy all three at once!
 
 

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Sweet Potatoes Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples

If your dad likes a little bit of sweet with his meat, this recipe is perfect for him! This recipe combines Express Bake Sweet PotatOHs with chicken apple sausage, a granny smith apple, butter, and just a bit of salt and pepper. The result is a delicious and indulgent sweet potato dish he’ll never forget.

 

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Meatloaf-Stuffed Microwave Potato

Does your dad like potatoes? What about meatloaf? If you said yes to both, then brace yourself for a recipe that combines the best of both worlds! Simply scoop out some of the inside of the potatoes and stuff them with meatloaf or bulk sausage, and microwave until cooked. Let cool a bit before serving, and watch your dad laugh with joy — this is a meal made for dads!

 
 

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3 Microwave Potato Recipes To Make Mom Smile on Mother’s Day

Mother and daughter smiling

How many of your favorite childhood memories were in the kitchen or at the dinner table? Do you remember all of the wonderful and delicious meals mom or grandma cooked for you, and the excitement and joy you felt at taking that first bite?

Of course you do, and if you’re looking for a thoughtful way to show your gratitude with a delicious dish, we have three microwave potato recipes that will make this Sunday special for your mom or grandma. No matter which one you choose, these creative, colorful potato and vegetable recipes are sure to make any mom smile on Mother’s Day!

 

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Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables

If mom loves Italian food, she’s in for a surprise! Potatoes and summer vegetables make a bright and healthy warm-weather side dish. You can use russet, yellow or red potatoes; and with zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes and yellow onions, this recipe features plenty of color. Seasoning, garlic and parmessan cheese give it a delicious Italian flavor.

 

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Microwave Baked Potato Salad

If mom loves baked potatoes and potato salad, this dish will give her the best of both worlds. With reduced-fat cheddar cheese, chives and real bacon, she’ll feel like she’s eating a traditional baked potato in a dish that’s just more summer picnic-friendly. The best part? You can skip the oven and cook Express Bake PotatOHs in your microwave to save time!

 

Potatoes Florentine

With leeks, spinach, roasted bell peppers, fresh basil, parmesan cheese and a hint of butter and milk, these potatoes florentine are a feast for mom’s eyes, as well as her tastebuds.

 
 
 
 

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Fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With 3 Zesty Potato Recipes

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Potatoes were introduced in Mexico by Spaniards in the 16th century, and today they are the best amigos of other favorite Mexican foods, including chili peppers, beans, rice and tortillas. If you’re looking for quick and easy Mexican recipes that are big on flavor and easy on the calories, we’ve got you covered! Here are three potato recipes that will add color, spice and sabor to your Cinco de Mayo party!

 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Add spice to your Cinco de Mayo party with these smashers that mix potatoes with sweet peppers, cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt, and a hint of chili powder. You can use any potatoes you like, and you can get creative with yellow and red potatoes, or Express Bake russets, sweets or fingerling Jubileez. They’re easy to make (smash the potatoes together for added fun!), low on calories (only 50), and big on flavor.

 

Baked Potato Nachos

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests may not let them last longer than it takes to dance “La Macarena!”

 

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Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Enjoy great Mexican taste with fewer calories. Make them with chicken, vegetarian, and even gluten free! It’s easy to adapt the basic recipe to your liking with the variations on our recipe page.The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic and with all four recipes at less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, they’re perfect for a low-calorie diet.