Potatoes can get a bad rap if you’re looking for health food side dish options as many potato dishes are laden with unhealthy oils (ie. french fries, chips, store-bought mashed…).  They are a starchy vegetable, that is higher in carbohydrates than most other veggies, but they also do contain plenty of nutrition, much of which is found in its peel!  Did you know that most of the nutrition found in potatoes is concentrated in the skin?  The have a good amount of minerals and vitamins, including a C, potassium and your B’s. Take a look at the nutrition facts below. Also, they are also high in valuable fiber, so they are a great addition to your diet if prepared properly 🙂

Red potatoes specifically have high nutritional content in their pigmented skin.  This is why I selected them for this recipe. This is so yummy and easy to pair with chicken, fish or steak. Serves 4-6


  • 1 lb baby Redskin potatoes, whole
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh prepared pesto sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Wash potatoes and place in pot with water to barely cover.  Place lid on and bring water to a rolling boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low so it does not boil over.  Boil for at least 20 min (depending on size of potatoes) until they are soft when punctured with a fork.
  2. When potatoes are done, drain water.  Then stir in pesto, parmesan, salt, and pepper.  I think it’s best when the potatoes are smashed slightly with a fork or spoon so the flavor permeates matter. Keep warm until ready to serve.