Potatoes have a bad reputation as being somewhat unhealthy. In reality, you get a plethora of essential vitamins and nutrients that are hard to say no to when you really think about it.
And so let's talk about our friend, the potato. Naturally low in calories and high in fiber, potatoes also boast an impressive amount of potassium, which is important for nerve and muscle function- have you ever had those awful muscle cramps that wake you out of a deep sleep if you stretch too hard? That's one of the things potassium is good for. They also contain a lot of vitamin B6, which is useful for many of your body's functions- such as immunity, digestion, and muscular systems. Vitamin B6 also aids in the production of melatonin and helps with mood regulation.
Potatoes also contain a lot of vitamin C, which is something everyone needs more of. It aids in immunity and heart health, in wound healing and keeping your bones and teeth healthy.
Because many delicious dishes involving potatoes tend to lend themselves to adding high amounts of fat, sodium, and other less healthy ingredients, we tend to toss potatoes out entirely. However, potatoes are inexpensive, and given that the cost of groceries is on the rise, I encourage you to find some potato recipes to enjoy that you can add to your meal rotation. As with all foods, portion control is essential- too much of a good thing is still too much! 1 medium whole potato, or 1 cup mashed, is considered one serving. We use our Actifry once or twice a month to make fries, and 20 fries is considered a serving.
Here's one recipe to start you off!
Sometimes you want Greek potatoes. And sometimes you don't have time to babysit the oven. These potatoes let you get on with your day and still enjoy them for dinner.
My slow cooker tends to run hot, and they were cooked by the 3 hour mark- so adjust the time on yours accordingly. This recipe is lower in salt, as it's easier to add salt to taste when you serve them. Enjoy!
And that's ok.
There are days when all there is left in the pantry and fridge is ingredients for breakfast. There are days when the only energy left in me for cooking is something simple, like pancakes. Sure, they aren't the most nutritious of foods, but they are a crowd pleaser. And when the plague hits your house the very last thing you want is to do engage in a complicated what's-for-dinner dance with your whiny, cranky, sick family. I did make it slightly more nutritious...half whole wheat flour. And look- there is fruit. In fact, we ate a lot of fruit that night. Vitamin C, baby.
Or Rice Pudding for Breakfast...
Rice pudding for breakfast sounds decadent, right? And it is. It's been the best part of my week, this week. It's crafted in the slow cooker, so all you have to do is mix everything together, turn it to high, take a nap, top it, and eat it. My recipe made a good 5 cups of pudding, so I did share a little with a friend because I am the only person in the house who enjoys it.
My recipe uses my favorite brown rice, and the best is topping it with a drizzle of milk, sliced fresh bananas and toasted walnuts. SO good, so filling, and very nutritious. It feels decadent, but there are all 4 food groups involved, and it's very satisfying. If you don't have that much leftover rice, use what you have, and cut the recipe in half. Or make more rice!
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So when you try it, let me know what you think! And feel free to share your favorite decadent, nutritious meal. All the best to you today, friends.