Janel, a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet, promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a master’s degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston.

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Janel's Vegetarian Kitchen

by Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN

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I tend to under-use potatoes in my cooking, even though I love their variety and versatility. Potatoes are loaded with nutrients and fiber, and contain healthy, complex-carbohydrates that should be included into a balanced diet.

A baked sweet potato with some vegetarian chili, for example, can make a quick main meal, while seasoned diced potatoes can make a great side dish. And who doesn’t love mashed potatoes as part of a comforting holiday meal?

I purchased some confetti potatoes at Trader Joe's -- this is a mixed bag of white, red, and purple potatoes. Yes, the purple ones are a deep purple hue through and through! Different varieties of potatoes will contain different nutrients and antioxidants, so stray from your standard Idaho potato the next time you cook a potato dish.

I decided to make hash brown potatoes as a dinner side dish and toyed around with a dash of spices here, and a pinch of seasoning there. Play around til you get the flavor you like. You can even add diced onions or spicy red pepper flakes.

Here’s my recipe to start. It’s delish!

3 large potatoes or a bunch of small potatoes â€" any variety, diced into 1" cubes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
A few pinches of pepper
Olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 375 and dice your potatoes. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then add your cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and toss the potatoes so they are all well seasoned.

2. Place potatoes on a single layer baking sheet that is sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Cook potatoes from 30-40 minutes until you get your level of desired crispiness, turning potatoes once or twice during cooking.

I enjoyed my potatoes with a little hot sauce on top, but even on their own they had a lot of flavor. Try these homemade hash browns for your next side dish or at your next brunch! You’ll fill up on flavor as well as healthy nutrients.

If you hunger for great meatless recipes, be sure to check out the 700+ vegetarian recipes served up daily right here at Diet.com!

Janel Ovrut, MS RD LDN is a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet. She promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a master’s degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA. You can read many more of her blog posts at dinedishdelish.blogspot.com.

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