Top of the morning afternoon to you, me lassies! It’s been a long day–Wednesday’s are always long days. But before I bitch about that, I want to talk about potatoes. Do you know where most species of potatoes come from? It’s not Ireland, or even Europe, but South America! The Inca’s cultivated potatoes, and even bred different strands for different environments. In fact, the potato wasn’t even well recieved by grain-loving Europe well at first but eventually took on as a staple crop when they realized how nutrient dense they are. Unfortunately, as we all know, the Irish suffered a famine one season because of the poor crops that year. Curiously, that wouldn’t have happened to the Inca’s because they knew to grow different types of potatoes for different seasons instead of relying on 1. I love most potatoes, but I have to confess my favorite is the sweet potato:
The sweet potato is notably high in beta-carotene, the same vitamin that gives carrots their orange hue. For this dish, I roasted steamed broccoli and raw, diced sweet potato for 40 minutes with some maple tofu, and topped it off with maple syrup and sea salt.
Holy yum! Nutritious and delicious. Simply roasting a potato with nothing on it is certainly the easiest way to enjoy them and very tasty, too. Did you notice the green I snuck in with broccoli? Green veggies get their color from chlorophyll and carry loads of phytochemicals for your body. It’s true that you should eat your rainbow and green foods are typically high on nutrition while being low in calories. What’s your favorite green fruit or veggie? I would say broccoli tops the list for me
Of course, multi-green kombucha isn’t bad either 😉 The green here comes from blue algae, chlorella, and spirulina. Again, what makes this green makes this very nutritious without any yucky food colorings! Just pure, natural green Although I have to say this bottle tasted a little flat–is that even possible with kombucha? Anyone who doesn’t like the vinegar tang might have enjoyed this. I, on the other hand, live for that funny flavor.
Well, I couldn’t eat seasonably the whole day. I grabbed this on a campus eatery because I was craving a chocolate chip cookie. This is one bar I actually hadn’t tried, and was a little afraid to because I didn’t suspect to like it. It was actually pretty good! It wasn’t like a chocolate chip cookie, per say, but definitely the chocolate chips were nice.
Wednesdays are easily my least favorite days of the week: I have a lot of class in a row, get back to my room, and hardly throw my backpack down before needing to make dinner. What makes this easier is having a dinner in mind and knowing how to go about making it.
It also helps when it’s a dinner that you look forward to so much that your problems melt away after each bite. In addition to roasting potatoes, you can also enjoy them in baked fry form! Now, I’ll put out a disclaimer: Baked fries do not turn out like real fries, nor could they. They’re a seperate beast and just won’t be as crispy. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be bland! Once you have your potatoes in fry forms, toss them liberally with EVOO; I assure you, no matter how much EVOO sticks to them, it will be less fat than real fries and add great flavor. You can also add spices for flavor, such as I did with Chipotle Cayenne Parma. If you want honest to goodness crispy fries, however, you’re just going to have to invest in a deep fryer. I have 1 last Saint Patty’s day lesson:
I picked up this So Delicious coconut milk mint chip ice cream after class and plan a big bowl for dessert tonight Mint is in fact a green plant, much like spinach. However, the flavor is in the oil which is extracted, leaving behind much of the carbon. On top of that, a little flavor goes a long way. That’s why all-natural mint products are often white(or chocolate :-)). Over the Summer, when I first started dabbling in this crazy “all-natural diet” that I never would have imagined staying so strongly with after 8 months, my grandmother bough Hannaford’s brand organic mint chip ice cream. When she opened it up for celebrating God-remembers-who’s birthday, the first words out of my grandpa’s mouth were “Why isn’t it green?”. If only, if only 😀