Celebrate a delicious & Healthy Christmas and New Year with U.S Potato Festive Dishes

It is Christmas season again and everyone is looking forward to welcoming some seasonal cheers.
This has been a challenging year with the Covid-19 pandemic; hence most of us are not planning to attend any major Christmas parties. 
Many of us will appreciate the opportunity to just be able to sit down and enjoy healthy and nutritious meals with family and friends during the festive holidays.
Over the past years, me and my family usually went out for a nice dinner to celebrate the festive, yet this year we just plan to have a warm celebration at home with some homemade dishes.
While going through the dishes I plan to prepare for Christmas, I came across a few wonderful U.S. Potato-inspired festive dishes.
Well, as if you know, U.S. Potatoes are not only nutritious and healthy, but also versatile; you can concoct a wide repertoire of recipes for the holidays ranging from soup, appetizers, hot dishes to even desserts!
So, in this post, I'm going to share 2 different recipes from dietitian Indra Balaratnam with the dishes preparing with U.S. Potatoes.
Both recipes are nutrition packed with U.S. Russet Potatoes to make these luscious dishes a stand-out on your festive table this year for the whole family.

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If you are planning to have a more active 2021, be sure to you will be pleased to know that U.S. Potatoes provide the complex carbohydrates, potassium, fiber and vitamin C you need to perform at your best.

U.S. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (30% of the DV), which plays a key role in supporting the body's immune system.
It's always good to have natural Vitamin C even during the festive season, and all year. 

U.S. Potato gives you 15% of your daily potassium serving, and that's more than what a medium banana provides.
Potassium is a mineral that is an electrolyte for muscles to function well.
It gets lost when you sweat, so it needs to be replenished to keep your performance optimal.

A medium U.S. potato with the skin on also provides 2 grams of fiber.
Fibers has many benefits, one of which helps you to feel comfortably full for longer.
This can help you to avoid over-eating and unnecessary weight gain during the festive holidays when one tends to over-eat or if your job is keeping you sedentary.

One medium U.S. potato gives you 110 calories of easy-to-digest calories, making it a good choice food to provide you that extra to fuel the demands of your active routines during Christmas. 
If has zero fat, so it won't weigh you down and great for a "less fat" Christmas feasting.

Indra Balaratnam, the dietitian shared two healthy and nutritious recipes; U.S. Russet Potatoes Mushroom Cheese Casserole and Mustard Glazed Hasselback U.S. Potatoes for the Christmas holidays and welcomes all to try for this coming festive celebrations.

U.S. Russet Potatoes Mushroom Cheese Casserole

U.S. Russet Potatoes Mushroom Cheese Casserole full video:


Ingredients (serves 6):
2 medium size Russet U.S. Potatoes (approximately 450 grams) - thinly sliced
200 grams white button mushrooms
100 grams yellow onion - thinly sliced
1 tablespoon (15 grams) butter
2 cloves garlic - finely minced
1 tablespoon wheat flour
1 cup (250ml) cups nonfat (skim( milk
120g low-fat cheese (6 slices low fat cheese slices)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
English Parsley - chopped (to garnish)

Cooking method:
- Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Line the thinly sliced U.S. potatoes into a lightly buttered baking dish
- Melt butter in a small pot over low-medium heat
- Add in onion and mushroom cook stirring occasionally until tender (about 5 minutes)
- Stir in flour, then slowly add in the skim milk and stir till well combined, bring to a slight simmer
- Stir in 120 grams low fat cheese, salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish then spread out to coat the thinly sliced potatoes
- Bake in the oven uncovered for 45 minutes
- After 45 minutes cooking time, cover with foil and continue to bake another 10 minutes more
- Garnish with finely chopped English parsley

Nutrition Analysis (per serving for 1 pax)
Calories: 160
Protein: 8g
Total fat: 5g
Saturated fat: 3g
Carbohydrates: 22g
Fibre: 2g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Sodium: 372mg
Vitamin A: 404 IU
Vitamin C: 7mg
Calcium: 177mg
Potassium: 591mg
Iron: 1mg
Vitamin B6: 0mg

Mustard Glazed Hasselback U.S. Potatoes

Mustard Glazed Hasselback U.S. Potatoes full video: 
Ingredients (serves 6):
1kg U.S. Potatoes (mix of U.S. Russets, U.S Red Potatoes or U.S. Blue-Purple Potatoes)
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons mustard
Pinch of salt & crushed black pepper

- preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
- Wash and pat dry the U.S. potatoes
- Slice the U.S. Potatoes thinly Hasselback-style & arrange on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Lightly brush the U.S. Potatoes with a little olive oil and bake for 30 minutes
- Mix all the ingredients for the honey mustard glaze into a small bowl
- After 30 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven and brush with half the honey mustard glaze over the U.S. Potatoes and return to bake 10 more minutes
- After 10 minutes, brush with some more of the lemon honey glaze & bake for another 10 minutes till cooked
- Remove from oven and garnish with a dash of salt, black pepper, finely chopped

Nutrition Analysis (per serving for 1 pax):
Calories: 195
Protein: 4g
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 3g
Carbohydrates: 34g
Fibre: 2g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 58mg
Vitamin A: 1221U
Vitamin C: 11mg
Calcium: 24mg
Potassium: 705mg
Iron: 1mg
Vitamin B6: 1mg

I made the U.S. Russet Potatoes Mushroom Cheese Casserole according to the given recipe.
It's so simple to prepare with just a few simple steps.
I enjoyed it and my family said the taste is so good too! #hehe
You should just try it to surprise your loved ones. :)

That's all about the sharing for today, I hope you like and enjoy the recipes I shared with you guys. :)
Like dietitian Indra Balaratnam said, Christmas time could be a stressful and over-eating experience, and that's why meals should look appealing but never ignore the healthy attributes aspects of your festive dishes.
A good way to add beneficial nutrients to your holiday meal is to include U.S. Potatoes, then your dishes can be both delicious and nutritious. :)
Last but not least, wishing you guys a Merry Christmas, and have yourself a healthy Merry Christmas too!

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