It's National Potato Lover's Month, and HG is here to help you celebrate...
* Potatoes have only about 20 calories an ounce. But weigh yours carefully and know the facts before jumping in!
* Your average 5-ounce potato contains around 3 grams of fiber. Not bad!
* Potatoes eaten with the skin provide nearly half of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C and are one of the best sources of potassium and fiber.
Here are some of HG's favorite ways to attack a potato!
Easy Bake - Baking potatoes in the oven is fine, but here's a nuking tip for those of us who are in more of a rush. After scrubbing your potato clean, pierce it a few times with a fork. Then microwave it (covered) for 5 minutes and turn over. Microwave for an additional 3 - 5 minutes (depending on the potato size). Allow to cool, then slice open and top with guilt-free fillers like salsa, chives, steamed veggies (like broccoli and mushrooms), fat-free sour cream, light cheese, imitation bacon bits, light butter or butter spray, and even low-cal chili!
Crispy Wedges & Fries - Making homemade guilt-free fries is a snap! Simply preheat your oven to 350 and clean potatoes thoroughly. Next, slice 'em up -- make skinny shoestrings, thick wedges -- the choice is yours! Mist potatoes with nonstick spray and season to taste with salt, pepper, and other spices like chili powder, garlic salt, and paprika (we love a little cinnamon on sweet potato fries!). Place potato pieces in a baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray and cook for 20 - 40 minutes, until insides are cooked thoroughly. Serve with ketchup, light BBQ sauce, or a little low-cal honey mustard dressing!
Do the Mashed Potatoes - If creamy and fluffy is how you take your mashies (yeah, that's our pet name for 'em), try this: Just skin some spuds and cut into chunks. Boil stovetop until tender. Drain water, mash chunks and slowly add in a little heated skim milk and some fat-free sour cream (or plain nonfat yogurt) until desired consistency is reached. HG Tip: A little fat-free cream cheese will add creaminess and cheesiness in one fell swoop! Season to taste with salt and pepper. Also, for some buttery or cheesy flavor that'll keep your spud dish guilt-free, try adding some Molly McButter fat-free flavor sprinkles (a serving has just 5 calories!).
Stuffed Shells - Bake up a potato then scoop out most of the insides. Fill it with a mix of seasoned veggies (steamed, baked or grilled with nonstick spray) and low-cal tomato sauce or salsa. You'll feel like you're devouring a giant stuffed potato, but it'll be super-low in calories and starchy carbs!
These chips from Genisoy are textured and crammed with tons of potato flavor. In Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion, and Lightly Salted, they're an awesome p-chip swap. Made from soy protein AND potato starch, these are the perfect hybrid snack! They're crispy (not airy like soy crisps) without being greasy (like regular chips), and you get to chew 26 of these cute lil' suckers for a mere 120 calories! Chip Chip HOORAY!
Seasoned potatoes topped with tasty broccoli bites and drowned in rich cheese sauce?!? Sign us up! This freezer find from Smart Ones is a perfect potato product for those times when you want a hot potato fix PRONTO. Just pop it in the microwave for a few, and you're good to go!