Sunday, January 31, 2010

Peeling Potatoes!!

Throw your peeler away, here is a one and a half minute video showing you the VERY easy way to peel potatoes:
How easy is that?
Use your George Foreman and slice them into chunky potato slices and brush them with garlic olive oil and sprinkle some dried herbs on top Smile
Just the Potato Nutrition Facts:
Potato Nutrition Image“One medium-size potato has just 110 calories and is absolutely fat-, sodium and cholesterol free, making them downright undeniable for any diet.  The power of the potato doesn’t stop there.

Starchy carbohydrates, such as potatoes, seem to be specifically targeted by low‐carbohydrate fanatics. But don’t fall for the hype. There is actually little scientific evidence to support the notion that starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, cause obesity. In fact, most research indicates that diets high in complex carbohydrates are associated with a lower body weight…”

1 medium Potato has 25 g of carbs., and that stacks up very well compared to a cup of pasta or rice:
Pasta (serving size 1 cup cooked)  Carbs:
Lasagna, verdi                     44g
Macaroni                              40g
Macaroni, whole wheat        37g
Spaghetti                             40g
Spaghetti, whole wheat       37g
Tagliatelle (FETTUCCINE)    44g
Rice (serving size 1 cup cooked)
Long grain brown rice         45g
Long grain white rice           45g
Short grain white rice          37g
Basmati rice (3oz)               44g
Fried rice (3oz)                    56g

See all the benefits of potatoes here:

One medium potato with skin is a good source of potassium......

Vitamin C
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV), which is more vitamin C than one medium tomato (40% DV) or sweet potato (30% DV)......

One medium potato with the skin contributes 2 grams of fiber or 8% of the daily value per serving...

Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 with one medium potato providing 10% of the recommended daily value.....

One medium potato provides 6% of the recommended daily value of iron.....

More at:
Storage:   Potatoes should be kept in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. The ideal storage temperature is 45 to 50ºF. At these temperatures, potatoes will keep for several weeks.
But don’t store potatoes in the refrigerator! When kept below 40º F, potatoes develop a sweet taste, due to the conversion of starch to sugar. This increased sugar causes potatoes to darken when cooked. If you store potatoes at room temperature, try to use them within a week or so.

This makes a big difference to the taste of the potatoes:

When making mashed potatoes, after you drain the potatoes return them to the hot pan, cover tightly, and allow them to steam for 5 minutes. Doing this allows them to dry out so they'll mash to a beautiful texture and soak up the butter and cream more readily."

I am making zucchini and potato patties today.


KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Hmmm Penny, that recipe idea for the potato slices on the George Foreman Grill sounds interesting! I might try this. Thanks for the idea!

roamingwhenwecan said...

Thanks Penny, I love potatoes..