Alternatives to potato based sides

Try these tasty spud substitutes to take a break from potatoes.

Meat and potatoes: it is hard to imagine one without the other. Many of us grew up eating potatoes at most meals and we continued the tradition when we started cooking for ourselves. However, our tastes, health or family preferences often force us to change the way we cook so we might be looking for alternative sides to serve. When you are looking for a side dish as a substitute to potatoes, you can search online for endless new side dish recipes to try such as jicama, which can be baked and served in place of a baked potato. When you do not have time to search online, use these ideas from the American Diabetes Association to stir up healthy alternatives to potatoes.

  • Grate squash in place of potatoes for a new take on hash browns.
  • Mash cauliflower for a delicious substitute to your traditional mashed potatoes side dish.
  • Use a whole grain such as quinoa, bulgur, couscous or brown rice in place of your potato. Or, add a whole grain roll where your potato would normally be.
  • Cook two different types of vegetables for your meal, and use one as a substitute for your potato. Cannot afford fresh vegetables? Frozen and canned are good for you too!

Variety is the key to a well-balanced diet, so try a new side dish as an occasional replacement for potatoes at your meals. There are many delicious and nutritious Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables, like potatoes, you can try. Michigan State University Extension offers nutrition workshops throughout Michigan that can help you plan and prepare healthier meals for you and your family. Find your county on the drop down list under Events. You can also find an expert in your area by visiting, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

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