Boil ’em, Mash ’em, Stick ’em in a stew

I don’t think there is a food on the planet that gets as bad of a reputation as the potato. Poor misunderstood potato. It’s probably the only food that has been converted into a toy, and yet it is a pariah of epic proportions. I’m a bit partial to the potato myself. The sign in American Sign Language for an Irish person is the sign for “potato”! Small wonder I don’t have any potatoes to photograph! So let’s talk poh-tay-toes.

I’ve posted a couple of potato recipes in the past and I’ll share a new one   tomorrow:

Vegan Potato Salad

Easy Stew/Soup

So what’s the real deal with the potato?

The French certainly know how to keep it simple with a few delicious foods, and they’re skinny right? Potage parmentier anyone? This soup is amazing (although 1T of salt seems excessive) and a lot less waist expanding (less than 200 calories!) than the traditional creamy potato soups running rampant this time of year. The potato is a cheap, accessible, adaptable and delicious food.

A medium-size potato with the skin provides 45% of the Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin C, 18% of DV of potassium, 10% of DV of vitamin B6 and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals. Pretty cool huh? A caveat, like any food (except leafy greens) potatoes should be eaten in moderation. They can raise blood sugars more quickly than some other foods. Of course eating them fried and dipped in grease isn’t acceptable over here!

This article is pretty recent and talks about the hot and happening purple potato. This blog is great and has a yummy sounding Italian Leek Potato Soup I may have to try. Vegetarian Times also has a fondue made from potatoes instead of cheese that is calling my name.

So remember, just because it’s a potato doesn’t mean it’s bad!

 

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

2 responses to “Boil ’em, Mash ’em, Stick ’em in a stew”

  1. Lynnette says :

    I have never seen a purple potato. Hmm maybe we will have to grow them this year. One question, what does a leek taste like? Any ideas for a substitute?

    • S. Hiller says :

      I wish I could send you some purple potatoes! A leek looks and kind of tastes like a HUGE green onion.
      “Leek has a mild onion-like taste, less bitter than scallion. The taste might be described as a mixture of mild onion and cucumber, with a fresh smell similar to scallion. In its raw state, the vegetable is crunchy and firm”. You use the white and light green parts.

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