Potato Power: 10 Spectacular Spud Recipes to Supercharge Your Day!

Somewhere along the way the potato got a bad wrap. Not in Ireland—they’ve always loved them there and even have a National Potato Day—but ever since some bright spark decided carbohydrates were the enemy, the potato has taken a hit. And no one ever calls you a Couch Carrot or a Couch Cantaloupe!

(If you haven’t heard about the awesomeness of carbs, check out these two articles: Conquering Diabetes with Carbohydrates and Why Starch Should be at the Center of Your Plate.)

But what other food “plays” so well with others, can be prepared in so many ways, is as healthy, affordable and readily available, or as satisfying and delicious? And have you ever noticed that no matter how many potatoes you eat you don’t get sick of them?

And I don’t know about you, but my digestion is never happier than after a potato based meal. Here are some delicious plant-based potato recipes. Enjoy!

1: Rosemary Potato Bake With Onions and Tomatoes

Rosemary Potato Bake

The fresh rosemary and vine tomatoes bring this simple vegetable bake to life. Serve as a starter or as a side dish to a main meal—you can’t go wrong! View the recipe.

2: Creamy Potato Curry

Creamy Potato Curry

With a thick and creamy texture and irresistible flavor, this curry potato recipe is the ultimate comfort food dish. View the recipe.

3: Potato Scramble with Hot Chile Sauce

Potato Scrmable with Hot Chile Sauce

This hearty scramble is an ideal brunch for those times when you want something special. The jalapeno, yellow mustard, red onion and allspice create a rich depth of flavor. And you can prepare it ahead of time—so if you’re expecting guests, make it the night before. Also works well for lunch or an evening meal. Serve over toast, a salad, or both. View the recipe.

4: Nacho Baked Potato

Nacho Baked Potato

This is one of those quick and easy (you can use homemade or prepared salsa) meals that’s great when you’re low on bandwidth. Author Andrea Duclos recommends baking a bunch of potatoes ahead of time. But if you can’t manage that, throwing a few spuds in the oven for 50 minutes is still a pretty no-stress way to cook! View the recipe.

5: Baked French Fries and Ketchup

Vegan Baked French Fries and Ketchup

Baking your own fries is such a wonderful trick to have up your sleeve. They’re perfect for an afternoon treat or for dishing up on the side of your favorite salad or bean burger A meal the whole family will enjoy—because even the pickiest of eaters love a burger and chips! View the recipe.

6: Boulangere Potatoes

Vegan Boulangere PotatoesThis creamy potato dish is a great alternative to traditional scalloped potatoes, which tend to be high in fat. Serve as a side dish or as a main meal with a salad. It really does make everything else on your plate taste better!  View the recipe.

7: Italian White Bean, Kale and Potato Stew

Italian White Bean Stew

You can’t beat a good stew when it’s cold out, and the white bean and potato combination in this one is delicious! Just be sure to make plenty—it freezes well and it’s so handy to have leftovers in the fridge to scoop another meal from. View the recipe.

8: Potato Salad with Avocado and Dill

Vegan Potato, Avocado and Dill Salad

Isn’t potato salad one of the yummiest inventions?! Mashed avocado gives this dish a creamy texture without making it too rich, and the onion, celery and dill are the perfect potato bedfellows. The lemon juice stops the avocado from browning so it’ll keep in the fridge for a few days. View the recipe.

9: Oil-Free Potato Pancakes

Vegan Potato Pancakes

These baked potato pancakes are so easy to make and always a favorite. They’re also the perfect meal for when it seems like there’s “nothing to eat”—because there’s always a potato or two rolling around in the bottom of the cupboard! Great for brunch, lunch or a light evening meal. View the recipe.

10: Lotsa Vegetable Chowder

Vegan Potato and Vegetable Chowder

What a fabulous recipe! Grab whichever vegetables you have on hand, and before you know it you have a delicious chowder. And it’s a “lazy soup”—a bit of chopping at the beginning, then put your feet up or get back to whatever you were doing, and let the smells take over the house! View the recipe.

about the author

Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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