Often considered “ordinary”, the potato has more than one trick up its sleeve. Economical, versatile and nutritious, it can be kept for a long time, in addition to being prepared in many ways.
Overview of this underestimated vegetable, which can become a real ally, both for your he alth and your wallet.
Nourishing but not "fattening"
Mistreated by various weight loss diets, potatoes are often accused of making them "fat". And yet, a medium baked potato with its peel contains fewer calories than 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of peanut butter. Let's stop focusing on calories and focus instead on the quality of the food we eat. This same potato, with its peel, provides twice as much potassium as a banana and is an excellent source of vitamins C and B6, as well as a good source of iron, magnesium, niacin (B3) and folacin. Pleasantly surprised?! Do not hesitate to put it on the menu.
Versatile, the potato? Put it on
Do you have a baby at home? Prepare my recipe for Orange Trout and Mashed Potatoes, from my Hungry Baby book, designedfor 4 to 9 months.
Have leftover mashed potatoes? Never mind! Turn it into tasty pancakes. Children will see nothing but fire.
For mashed potatoes with fall flavors, add beautiful Quebec apples.
Are you having a brunch soon? Fall for these versatile Vegetable croquettes or for these Rostis with smoked salmon. Also great ideas for quick dinners.
Shepherd's pie lovers? You'll love this variation of Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Potatoes. Along those same lines, these Broccoli and Sausage Cheesy Potatoes seem like a sure bet for little ones.
Your peels don't need to feed the compost! You can collect them to make tasty homemade chips in less than 12 minutes.
Did you know?
The potato, originally from Peru, began its history more than 8000 years ago. Over the millennia, from Europe in the 1700s to developing countries today, it saved entire nations from starvation.
The original stiff brown paper packaging is designed specifically to preserve the freshness of potatoes. Once at a time, so there is no need to transfer them to another container.
A 10 lb (4.54 kg) bag of potatoes makes 57 servings of vegetables. Yes, yes, you read that right! Considering that such a quantitysells for around $6.99, it costs you $0.12 per serving. Imagine when potatoes are on special!
Potatoes like to be cool, but not cold. It is therefore best not to keep them in the fridge (except for new potatoes and baby potatoes). A cool, dry, dark place is ideal to limit the chances of potatoes sprouting.
Your potatoes have sprouted or have green spots? Do not panic! Simply remove these parts, which are no longer edible, and use the rest of the potato as intended.