Our 22 Best Low-Calorie Potato Recipes to Make as a Side Dish

hasselback potatoes with cheese

These low-calorie potato recipes are the kind of side dishes that will have you scraping the plate. From fluffy, creamy mashed Russets to crispy, cozy roasted Yukon Golds, these sides have something to offer any meal. Recipes like our Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Hasselback Potatoes with Cheese are bursting with flavor, and each dish has just 200 calories or less per serving.

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Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This simple slow-cooker mashed potatoes recipe skips tedious peeling and boiling and helps save precious stovetop space by letting the slow cooker do the work. It's a great timesaving set-it-and-forget-it side dish recipe to round out any hearty meal. Buttermilk makes the mashed potatoes creamy while garlic and shallots add flavor.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

These hasselback sweet potatoes are like mini marshmallow-topped sweet potato casseroles drizzled with sage-infused butter. The hasselback technique, slicing the potato but leaving it whole, makes for a tender potato with a crispy top--the best of both worlds.

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Loaded Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar & Chives


Imagine a loaded baked potato topped with bacon, Cheddar and chives combined with the creamy goodness of scalloped potatoes, and you have the ultimate comfort food casserole. This scalloped potato recipe is made healthier than original versions by using low-fat milk in place of heavy cream, but it still tastes just as rich and creamy.

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Hasselback Potatoes with Cheese

hasselback potatoes with cheese

Hasselback potatoes are the perfect side dish for people who love crispy potato-chip-like slices as well as the tender interior of a baked potato. Simple to prepare, these hasselback potatoes look impressive and decadent with melted Cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of paprika on top.

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Loaded Sweet Potatoes


Cheddar cheese, scallions and bacon flavor these "twice baked" sweet potatoes. Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave first (instead of baking them) helps keep this easy loaded sweet potato recipe quick.

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Spanakopita Loaded Potatoes

Spanakopita Loaded Potatoes

In this healthy take on twice-baked potatoes, spinach, feta, garlic and oregano are stuffed into the potato shells along with the mashed potatoes. Serve with steak or chicken sprinkled with oregano or marjoram.

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Chile-Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Give ordinary roasted sweet potatoes a big flavor boost with this quick, Asian-inspired seasoning mix.

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Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Making oven fries out of sweet potatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

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Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes


Garlic cloves, cooked along with the potatoes, give this puree extra body and lots of flavor.

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Garlic-Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

Garlic-Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

A combination of baked, mashed and roasted, these crusty, garlicky smashed potatoes are a healthy and creative alternative. Serve alongside a seared steak or roasted pork tenderloin and green beans.

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Classic Potato Salad


In this healthy and creamy potato salad recipe, yogurt replaces half of the mayo and we keep the potato skins on for more fiber and potassium. To hard-boil the eggs while your potatoes are steaming, place them directly on top of the potatoes in the steamer basket. They'll be perfectly hard-boiled when the potatoes are tender.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes


This healthy recipe is a savory riff on the traditional brown-sugar-and-pecan-topped sweet potato casserole so often found on Thanksgiving tables. Crispy baby kale leaves make a stunning garnish, but any green or herb that suits you will look great, fried or not.

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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes


These scalloped potatoes are surprisingly rich and creamy even though they're made with no dairy (milk, butter or cheese)--vegan comfort food at its best. We use almond milk, herbs and spices to make a flavorful sauce and finish the dish with a crunchy almond topping. This makes a satisfying side dish if you're cooking for dairy-free or vegan diets.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes


What could be more satisfying than mashed potatoes? In this garlic mashed potato recipe, the potatoes are flavored with poached garlic, thinned with chicken stock and enriched with a small amount of sour cream. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you're cooking for a crowd--say for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Miso Sweet Potatoes


Inspired by melting potatoes, we gave the same treatment to sweet potatoes. The results? Roasted potatoes that are creamy on the inside but perfectly crisp on the outside. Adding miso to the butter mixture adds great umami flavor and helps the potatoes caramelize while baking. Don't skip lining the baking sheet or the miso-butter might burn on the pan and cause the sweet potatoes to stick.

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Oven "Fries"

Oven Fries

Coated with olive oil and baked in a hot oven, these fries are soft and buttery inside and crisp on the outside--the perfect combination.

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Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash


Classic mashed potatoes get a nutrient boost with the addition of sweet potatoes. This healthy mashed potato recipe can easily be doubled, just be sure to cook the potatoes in a Dutch oven rather than a large saucepan.

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Sweet Potato & Turnip Mash with Sage Butter


This sweet potato and turnip mash is fragrant with fresh sage.

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Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash


Add some color to your mashed potatoes by adding some broccoli to the mix. We love the flavor of fontina cheese paired with broccoli, but any creamy cheese that melts well will work.

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Bacon Mashed Potatoes


Serve these bacon-studded chunky mashed potatoes with grilled steak or chicken.

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Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

maple roasted sweet potatoes

In this easy vegetable side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and are roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transform this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

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Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dried Cherries & Pecans


Dried cherries and nuts give this healthy sweet potato side dish recipe a traditional feel. The addition of some bacon for lushness and Aleppo pepper for a little bite really kicks things up.

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