Are you a potato lover? The truth is potatoes get a bad rap but they actually offer many wonderful nutrients that can make them a great addition to a healthy diet. They’re packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber, says Healthline. Plus, they are a great source of potassium. Make those potatoes sweet potatoes and you’ve got even more vitamin C, B6 and fiber, plus an abundance of vitamin A. Despite being nutritious, those health benefits can quickly become negated when potato recipes are fried or prepared with butter, full-fat sour cream or cheese.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prepare potatoes to keep the health factor intact and not sacrifice any of the flavor! Here are 20 of our favorite and unique “spudtacular” potato recipes that can be baked, mashed or roasted for a healthy weight loss meal.
Roasting brings out some absolutely delicious flavor in vegetables by caramelizing the natural sugars. With this recipe, sweet potato coins are coated with a blend of light butter, minced garlic, freshly chopped rosemary and black pepper—then crisped to perfection. Since sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and an array of vitamins and minerals, it’s a healthful choice you can feel good about.
What could be better than potatoes and cheese in a single dish? While everyone loves cheesy potato recipes, most of them are packed with fat and calories. But our version uses a creamy cheese sauce that’s made from light butter, nonfat milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese and spices—all to make it diet-friendly. After all, at Nutrisystem we believe you ought to be able to still enjoy your favorite dishes, even while successfully on track to lose weight.
If you’re looking for sweet and savory combined in a single dish, then this is the perfect recipe for you. You’ll get the savory flavor of roasted potatoes with red onions—made sweet with some juicy sliced pears. And since it’s all prepared on a sheet pan, it’s easy clean-up, too. The delicious flavor combination along with the simplicity of this recipe is sure to make it a new favorite.
While traditional potato skins are usually smothered in cheese and bacon, this party favorite just got a whole lot healthier with fresh tomatoes, reduced-fat sour cream and low-fat cheese. You’ll still get your appetizer fix in—but in a much lighter way! These skins are a great snack for the game—or just as a fun Flex snack when you’re craving something indulgent.
The creamy goodness of a delicious mashed potato dish is comfort food at its finest. But mashed potatoes often go awry when they’re loaded with whole fat milk (or cream) and butter. Fortunately, our version uses nonfat milk and light butter to transform this dish into a diet-friendly option. It also couldn’t be easier to whip together. After boiling the potatoes, simply add the additional ingredients—including delicious herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano—then mash! It’s that easy.
In this unique recipe, traditional quiche gets a total makeover with sweet potatoes used for a crispy crust. It’s then packed with a blend of vegetables, eggs and cheese for a hearty dish that works great for breakfast or brunch! While quiche might sound intimidating to make, we promise this recipe is simple—and the payoff is so worth the little bit of time it takes to pull it all together.
These bite-sized treats make an excellent snack or even dessert as they have the classic taste of sweet potato pie! All it takes is five simple ingredients to pull together these tasty bites which are ready to satisfy your sweet tooth as a healthy choice. They pack in the fiber-rich goodness and nutrients of sweet potatoes along with oats, cashew butter, honey, cinnamon and ginger. It’s a treat you’ll be sure to love.
If you’re a salty snack lover and chips are your go-to treat, then you have to try this simple air fryer recipe that will save you a boatload of fat and calories. Rather than grabbing for a whole bag, it’s a great way to portion out what you’re eating. After all, it can be hard to stop at just a handful of chips when you’ve got the whole bag in front of you. But this recipe uses a single potato to make two easy-to-portion servings.
Nothing screams homestyle cooking like good meat and potato recipes! If that’s your go-to comfort food, you’re going to love this healthy dinner. This dish combines baby potatoes with zucchini and chicken sausage for a hearty meal that will fill you up—and quickly become a family favorite. It’s all made using the air fryer which is said to cut calories as much as 70 percent compared oil frying, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
This protein-packed, hearty dish is a filling dinner choice that the whole family will appreciate. It has a lot going for it with so many wholesome ingredients. It features chicken and potatoes along with red onions, turkey bacon, green onions and some mozzarella cheese. As you can imagine, it’s absolutely packed with flavor!
These little potato bites are adorable—and a really fun treat to make. It’s a loaded potato stuffed with light sour cream, low fat cheddar cheese and fresh chives—made quickly using an air fryer. This is a poppable appetizer that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Four of the potatoes counts as a serving at a mere 123 calories.
If roasted chicken is one of your family’s go-to dinners, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe. It includes highly nutritious rainbow carrots (a good source of beta carotene and fiber) combined with chicken and red potatoes—which have nutrient-rich skins. It’s a healthy “meat and potatoes” option that is filling without being overwhelmed with fat and calories.
Who doesn’t love a good batch of fries? The trouble is, they’re typically packed with unhealthy fats that cause weight gain. Fortunately, our air fryer version “healthifies” fries without sacrificing the flavor. For one, it uses vitamin-rich sweet potatoes. But the key is the use of the air fryer as opposed to traditional oil frying. With just the right seasonings sprinkled on, you can snack away without the guilt.
Making your own crackers might sound daunting but we promise it’s a lot simpler than it seems! Using a small cookie cutter to shape your crackers, you can have a lot of fun with these cut-outs while also creating a healthy snack. After all, sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals!
Here’s another fun potato skin recipe to make for the next game—or your next get-together. This version adds to the flavor factor with a half cup of your favorite chili mixed in with low fat cheddar cheese and reduced fat sour cream. It’s a sure winner as well as proof that you can still enjoy some of your favorite snacks and appetizers while on track to lose weight!
If you have an Instant Pot then you know how much they can simplify the cooking process. These herb roasted potatoes are a delicious side dish that’s super easy to make using the Instant Pot. With a variety of herbs mixed in, they’re big on flavor without packing in a ton of fat and calories.
While mayonnaise or oily dressings often fatten up typical potato salad recipes, our version uses a delicious and nutritious homemade dressing using healthful ingredients like nonfat Greek yogurt, pure honey, extra virgin olive oil and cider vinegar. It also uses red-skinned potatoes with the nutrient-packed skins intact—and some hardboiled eggs for a mega boost of protein.
Here’s another great “skins” recipe to try—this time featuring BBQ sauce, low-fat cheddar cheese, reduced fat sour cream and delicious shredded chicken or pork—all packed into a russet potato. It’s the type of snack that will really have you in awe that you can eat this good and still lose weight.
Bet you didn’t think this list of potato recipes would feature ice cream! If you haven’t tried “Nice” Cream yet, then this is the perfect recipe to give it a shot. “Nice” Cream uses a frozen banana, vanilla and vanilla almond milk to create the texture and even the flavor of ice cream in a healthy way. This particular recipe also incorporates mashed sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar-free maple syrup for a treat that tastes just like sweet potato pie!
This fun recipe uses a package of Nutrisystem Loaded Potatoes, baby spinach, fresh chives, garlic and some egg whites to create some delicious pancakes that make an excellent savory breakfast or snack. Pair it with a side of turkey bacon or scrambled eggs for another PowerFuel serving.