Friday, August 21, 2009

T.G.I.F .....let's talk about potatoes!

Thank God It's Friday...and for a bonus I am getting the afternoon off.

Now, let talk about potatoes. Potatoes have got to be one of my favorite foods and contrary to many beliefs they are extremely good for you. They carry only 180 calories for a 250 gram and have no fat!!! They also contain over 15% of our daily fiber requirement. Sweet potatoes have even more at 25%. They are great mashed, roasted, grilled, baked and yes even fried...once in a while. :-)

Today's tip of the day:

Since peeling and cutting potatoes could be time consuming, I have thought of a plan. What I like to do is the day I get and prep all my vegetable I also cut up enough potatoes for two meals during the week. Once cut and peeled, I just emerge them in ice cold water with a little white vinegar and keep in the fridge until I need them. I do change the water every second day. They will keep for up to five days without compromising the taste.

Tortilla DE Patata... Spanish Potato Omelet (low calorie and low fat)

Dice 1 medium onion and cover it with boiling water, set on counter until ready to use. This will soften the onion.

Boil 6 potatoes peeled and sliced in a large pot of salted water for approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
(traditionally, you would fry the potatoes)
Once both the onion and potatoes are done, rinse combine in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat together 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites, add about 1/4 cup of skim milk, salt & pepper.

Heat a medium size frying pan, you could add Pam, a little olive oil, or butter, whichever is your preference. Add the potatoes and onion, spread it out in the pan then add the egg mixture, sprinkle with a little chopped parsley or cilantro. Now here is the tricky part. Once you notice the omelet is done on the bottom, you will need to find a plate, large enough to cover the pan. Place the plate on the pan and over the sink, flip it! Then slowly slide the omelet back into the frying pan to continue cooking. At this time you could add the parsley or cilantro to this side. The omelet should be about an inch thick and you could enjoy this hot or at room temperature. This is a great item to bring on a picnic. I do hope you enjoy it.

Here is another great recipe that I enjoy on a regular basis

Potato and Leek Soup

In a large pot heat 1 tbsp of canola oil and add 2 tsp of crushed garlic, 1 large onion diced, and 4 chopped leeks. Cook until soft. Approximately 10 minutes. Add the 12 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, 1 cup of chopped parsley or cilantro, 6 large potatoes diced, and 2 tsp oregano.
Simmer on medium to low heat until potatoes are tender. Approximately 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper according to taste. Puree in a blender or with a hand held blender.

Garnish with shredded cheese and a little spring of parsley or cilantro. I typed this recipe, it makes my mouth water. It is soo delicious. Again, you could make this a fatter soup by adding butter and cream but lets leave that for a special occasion. Actually you might just realize that there is not much of a difference!

I wish you guys a great Friday...and will write again tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

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