PARTNER POST: Reinvent potato recipes to be fresher and lighter in the new year. Make it your resolution to try these dishes as nutritious packed lunch ideas.
A Greek dip, Skordalia is just as good as your go-to hummus and is packed with nutrients from potatoes and almonds.
By Nicole Gaffney
Potatoes rank pretty high on my list of favorite ingredients to cook with. They’re inexpensive, super versatile and contrary to popular belief, actually pretty healthy. Today I’m teaming up with The US Potato Board to bring you a recipe for a Greek style dip that’s so tasty, it might just replace hummus as your go-to healthy snack.
Potatoes have gotten a bad rap when it comes to eating healthy. They’re always thrown into that dark, scary category of foods we’re all supposed to avoid, often being compared to refined grains and white sugar. But that’s unfair, because potatoes have so much more nutrition to offer than the latter. Unlike refined grains and white sugar, potatoes are whole, unprocessed vegetables boasting an arsenal of vitamins and nutrients. One medium baked potato has only 110 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, and is chock full of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and fiber.
Whether you’re still on the clean eating bandwagon or not, I’m here to tell you that you can – and should! – include potatoes in your diet without feeling guilty. If you’re a fan of hummus, baba ghanoush or other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dips, you’re going to love skordalia. It’s much lesser known than the others, but just as delicious served with pita, veggies or even as a sauce for grilled meats. It’s supposed to be super garlicky, but if you’re sensitive, you can always dial that back.
I’m also sharing the US Potato Board‘s video on how to make a killer potato and butternut fritatta. I’m going to go make that for breakfast right now.