Today’s show is all about one of my favorite comfort foods: potatoes. They are versatile, affordable, nutritious, and delicious. In fact, my new side dish obsession this winter has been Hasselback Potatoes. Join me and fellow culinary dietitian, Amy Myrdal Miller as we talk all things spuds.
Joining me for all things spuds is dietitian Amy Myrdal Miller, a farmer’s daughter, public speaker, author, and president of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting. Together, we will tell you all about potato nutrition, give you potato recipes galore, and explain why potatoes are the perfect gateway for getting other vegetables into your diet. For example, how about a potato bar with crispy Brussels sprouts or crispy shallots? The sky’s the limit when it comes to potatoes!
“White foods have gotten a bad rap, but potatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. “
– Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN
Check out this roundup of 20 potato recipes from registered dietitians. They’re healthy, hearty, and versatile. We’ve got soups, salads, side dishes, and family-pleasing suppers.
- Get to know Amy: Her life in California; her consulting business; and living with her husband and naughty kittens
- Why Amy, a farm girl from North Dakota, became a dietitian after her childhood diabetes diagnosis
- How potatoes fit into world cuisines, with possible origins in South America
- Most common potato varieties include Idaho, Yukon Gold, Fingerling, and Red Bliss (there are over 200 varieties in the US alone!)
- Dispelling the myth of “potato shame:” Potatoes are rich in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium (more than a banana!), fiber and antioxidants (in the skin)
- How to add interesting toppings to a potato bar
- Why many families are turning to potatoes as a staple during the pandemic
- Amy’s favorite mashed potatoes are a Yukon Gold-type with milk steeped with fresh rosemary; she also likes a preparation with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and pepper, or perhaps milk, sour cream, and cheese
- How nutrition-packed potatoes compare to rice and pasta as a dinner side dish
- Liz and Amy compete in a recipe smackdown to name different potato dishes and applications — with over 20 ideas in 60 seconds!
- Amy’s favorite potato recipe is a childhood favorite: boiled and buttered baby potatoes with fresh dill
- Liz’s easy prep for Potato Latkes made with pre-baked potatoes: Check out Joan Nathan’s article in the NY Times
- How silver linings during the pandemic have shown up with more family cooking and family connections
- How efficiency in water requirements, growing conditions, and space requirements have made potatoes the 4th most popular crop grown around the world
A Genius Method for Making Latkes (by Joan Nathan)
Potato varieties and breeding: HZPC
Potato Goodness (a great resource for potato nutrition, storage, preparation)
Hasselback potato slicer on Amazon
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