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:
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.
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.