Everyone knows that starchy carbs cause weight gain, right? Maybe not in the case of potatoes, suggests a new paper by researchers at McGill University.
Irish Dinner Menu
This hearty dinner menu includes juicy skillet-roasted lamb loins with herbs and lemony salt-roasted fingerling potatoes.

Everyone knows that starchy carbs cause weight gain, right? Maybe not in the case of potatoes, suggests a new paper by researchers at McGill University. The team fed two groups of mice a fattening diet. One group was also fed a potato extract. The second group gained much less weight than the other mice, which led to the conclusion that potatoes’ high concentration of polyphenols could be the key to keeping pounds off.

Stan Kubow, the study’s lead author, noted that in France, potatoes are the primary source of polyphenols while in North America potatoes are a tertiary source. And we all know that French women don’t get fat. Maybe this is why.

While the researchers don’t suggest loading up on the potatoes for every meal—they believe that a potato extract is the future—eating these healthy potato recipes (in moderation) probably won't hurt.

1. Lemony Salt-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
These crispy potatoes are incredibly flavorful, thanks to a delicious herb salt.

2. Potato Salad with Hummus-Yogurt Dressing
Two Middle Eastern staples make one great potato salad dressing.

3. Potato Soup with Spicy Shrimp
Chef Scott Conant spices up this silky potato soup with Turkish red-pepper paste made from sweet and hot peppers.

4. Healthy Potato and Spinach Casserole
A simple mix of vegetable stock and olive oil replaces the usual milk and butter in this lightened-up mashed potato casserole.

5. Pan-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Pancetta
Golden, buttery fingerling potatoes are terrific when tossed with fresh dill.

6. Baked Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Ragù
Any combination of mushrooms will work in this succulent ragù.

7. Accordion Potatoes
A showstopper, these crisp, smoky potatoes are actually super easy to make.

8. Hungarian Potato Dumplings
These round potato dumplings are like a more rustic gnocchi.

9. Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great addition to classic garlic mashed potatoes, giving them a creamy taste and consistency without all the fat.