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5 Potato Dinners (Or Lunches!) for Your Busy Week

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To celebrate Potato Week here at Food52, we’ve partnered with Potatoes USA to share ways we love to use the staple ingredient in meals that bring people together. These five weeknight menu ideas bring out the best in this versatile and nutrition-packed kitchen player.

Look, some dinners are one-and-done. They wilt, disintegrate, mush, or just don’t taste the same reheated. And that’s okay! Those dinners have their times and places. But when the week is packed with lunch meetings, early-morning workouts, drinks with coworkers, and out-of-town visitors, you need a meal that’s built to last–something that tastes just as good on its fourth go-round as when you whisked it out of the oven.

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Guess who's here to save the day?
Guess who's here to save the day? Photo by Julia Gartland

Enter the trusty potato, which is hearty enough to satiate your appetite and withstand a jaunt in the microwave. It can star in salads, soups, and cakes with a versatility that will have you excited for mealtime. Plus, they aren’t too picky about where you store them.

So, if you’re looking at a beast of a week, know that one of these five delicious meals will have your back.

A frittata ready in 15 minutes!

Turnip Greens Frittata
Turnip Greens Frittata

Creamy & sharp (without the mayo)

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette

Customizable & speedy cook time

Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin
Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin

Low-effort, high reward

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad
Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad

Salty, tangy, & a little crunchy

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak
Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak

To celebrate Potato Week here at Food52, we’ve partnered with Potatoes USA to share ways we love to use the staple ingredient in meals that bring people together.

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What's your go-to weeknight life-saver? Do you cook the weekend before, or wait until last minute (No judgment!) Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: easy dinners, great leftovers, potato