Nationally recognized food and nutrition expert shares the health benefits of America’s favorite vegetable plus cooking hacks and tasty recipes everyone will enjoy

DENVER, January 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — It’s the New Year, which means many of us are trying to eat better, save money, and find more time in our day. face Harstraatcertified dietitian and expert in intuitive eating, recommends a kitchen hero that has a solution for everything: the potato!

Potatoes are America’s favorite vegetable, but they’re more than just delicious,” Harbstreet said. “They’re an affordable, nutritious powerhouse with a long shelf life and faster cooking times than you think!”

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Potatoes provide nearly a third of the recommended daily vitamin C and also contain the most potassium of the 20 most popular fruits and vegetables. They also contain 3 grams of plant-based protein, which is more than other commonly eaten vegetables other than dried beans, plus 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full longer.

Potatoes are affordable and have a long shelf life, allowing families to stretch their dollars. “I know I hate it when I buy vegetables at the store and they spoil before I’ve had a chance to cook them,” said Harbstreet. “With potatoes, you have fresh produce that lasts for weeks! They are a great combination of nutrition, value, and deliciousness.”

When it comes to carbs, quality matters, and potatoes are a great choice! Carbohydrates are our brain’s primary fuel and an important source of muscle energy. Potatoes are a complex carbohydrate, providing vitamins and minerals. In fact, most of the carbohydrates we eat should be complex carbohydrates, such as potatoes.

So how can families enjoy this incredible vegetable without spending all day in the kitchen? Harbstreet has some hacks to share that will make cooking potatoes a breeze.

“My first tip is to cut potatoes into smaller pieces to roast them for faster cooking — or even heat them in the air fryer,” Harbstreet said. “Roasted potatoes are so easy to make and can then be used throughout the week to make dishes like bowls and burritos more filling and nutritious. You can use all sorts of fun seasonings to mix it up, from classics like Garlic Powder to Za’atar if you are looking for adventure. In addition, boiled and chilled potatoes contain more gut-friendly resistant starch.”

A good example is the Roast Turkey and Seasoned Potatoes dish. With one pan you have a complete meal and by adding some extra potatoes you can get a flying start with cooking for the next few days! And you can do this with multiple combinations of protein, potatoes, and other veggies you like.

“My next hack is to put your pressure cooker or slow cooker to work,” Harbstreet said. “You can start cooking potatoes in these appliances and then pop them in the fridge for lightning fast prep or choose your own adventurous meals. Once started in the pressure cooker or slow cooker, it takes minutes to finish them in the oven, microwave or air fryer.”

Families can do this with baked, mashed or roasted potatoes, or go for a full meal like Green Chili, Corn and Potato Chowder. The soup can be whipped up on the stove in minutes after the potatoes have started in the slow cooker.

“Finally, the freezer is your friend. Prepare a big batch of freezer-friendly potato soup — like this Tuscan Kale and Potato Soup, also called Zupa Toscana, that you can freeze to reheat and enjoy when you’re done,” said Harbstreet. “I always recommend freezing soups in smaller portions so you get exactly what you need out of them. A tip for this recipe: wait to add the cream until it has reheated for that just-cooked taste. ”

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About Potatoes United States

Potatoes United States is the national marketing and promotion agency representing US growers and importers. Potatoes United States, the largest vegetable brand, was founded in 1971 by potato growers to promote the benefits of eating potatoes. For more information about potatoes USA mission to “strengthen the demand for potatoes”, visit


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