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 doesnâ€™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.
Hereâ€™s my recipe to start. Itâ€™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
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! Youâ€™ll fill up on flavor as well as healthy nutrients.
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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 masterâ€™s degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA. You can read many more of her blog posts at dinedishdelish.blogspot.com.