January 22, 2019

View as List 5 Healthy Potato Side Dishes

  • Raw sweet potatoes on wooden background

    White potatoes sometimes get a bad rap, but they’re actually quite wholesome: They’re a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium as well as iron, calcium, and fiber (which are especially concentrated in the skin). Sweet potatoes actually aren't tubers, like potatoes, but roots. They're high in fiber and rich in iron, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin E. And their characteristic orange flesh is an excellent source of beta carotene (more than the daily recommended intake in one sweet potato). These tasty and tantalizing side-dish ideas make use of both potato types.

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    Stir-Fried Sweet Potatoes

    cut sweet potatoes

    In this dish the sweet potatoes are truly the stars. Make sure you select high-quality ones at the store or farmer’s market: Choose sweet potatoes that are heavy for their size and are smooth, hard, and free of bruises or decay (which may appear as shriveled or sunken areas or black spots). The sesame oil and ginger in the recipe impart a distinctly Asian flavor.

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    Smashed Potatoes

    Close up image of a silver pan of mashed potato

    The combination of two potato varieties (baking potatoes and Yukon gold) makes for a light, creamy, and extremely flavorful smash. And unlike traditional mashed potato recipes, this one leaves on the nutrient-rich skins. Use it as a side dish to go with anything from grilled steak to a turkey burger.

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    Herb-Roasted Sweet Potato Skins

    Organic Raw Sweet Potatoes

    Though some people assume sweet potato skin is inedible, it's every bit as palatable as white potato skin, plus highly concentrated in nutrients. Save the scooped-out flesh to make mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato pie.

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    Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes, Potatoes, and Herbs

    jerusalem artichokes

    Also known as sunchokes, Jerusalem artichokes are actually a type of sunflower. They're an especially good source of iron—almost on par with certain meats, yet without any fat—and have a nutty flavor and creamy texture, almost like a potato. Their skin is very thin and does not need to be peeled, which is a good thing because these tubers can be very knobby.

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    Peppery Potato Bread with Cheddar and Scallions

    home baked bread

    Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, this fragrant bread will make your mouth water while it’s baking. The cayenne pepper in the recipe adds a fiery bite, while the cheddar and scallions are reminiscent of classic baked potato toppings. Serve it at a gathering in place of garlic bread or sliced baguette.

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