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Quarterly Mash-Up: Better Snacking with Potatoes

Consumers’ food preferences are ever-changing, and an increasing percent of the population has placed a larger emphasis on eating more plant-based foods. As more restaurant patrons are looking for lighter, “feel-good” dishes, vegetables are finding themselves on more plates and menus.

69% of consumers are making a conscious effort to eat more veggies as they look to reduce their meat intake and move toward a plant-based diet[1]. As America’s favorite vegetable², potatoes are an easy and tasty way to incorporate more vegetables onto menus. All potatoes, when consumed with the skin on, are a nutrient-dense vegetable that are a good source of potassium and excellent source of Vitamin C, all while containing no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

In addition to being a  nutritional powerhouse, potatoes are a great vessel for other veggies. Consider these  loaded potato half-shells, filled with quinoa, corn, cabbage, red pepper and black-eyed peas for a delicious plant-based snack.

   

Looking for snacking inspiration for your menu? Look no further than these potato “not wings.” Crispy potato wedges that can be tossed with any fan-favorite sauce – honey mustard, lemon-pepper seasoning, BBQ, buffalo sauce – to create a delicious, plant-based shareable appetizer. Pair with extra sauce for dipping and you’ve got yourself a buzz-worthy starter!

Smaller potatoes are an easy choice to feature as appetizer or side dish. Petites, marbles, fingerlings, young, and new all offer delicious taste in a snack-size bite with the added benefit of minimal preparation. At Lolinda, an Argentinean Steakhouse in San Francisco, a side of petite potatoes are roasted and tossed in a chimichurri butter. The Chimichurri gives these potatoes a lighter, herb-forward flavor profile, perfect to pair with a protein or enjoy on their own.

Did You Know?

As you think about crafting better-for-you, plant-based menu items, consider these potato nutrition facts:

[1] Datassential, Plant + Cellular Report, 2017, page 12.
² Potatoes USA. “2019 Consumer A&U Quantitative Report.” March 2018, slide 10

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