Mad about spuds

With National Potato Day being held today, Friday 04 October 2019, what better time for a blog about spuds!

The humble spud in all its glory is one of the most versatile foods there is. Aside from being a staple part of Irish diets for as long as we can remember, potatoes have an abundance of health benefits!

Potatoes fall into the carbohydrates category and are rich in fibre, naturally fat free and gluten free and are a great source of potassium, folate and magnesium"

Potatoes are also an excellent source of nutrition for people with special dietary needs, such as coeliac, vegetarian and vegan.PotatoDay.jpg

Not only do potatoes bring all these benefits to our diet, but they are delicious too. They are without a doubt a personal favourite of mine as they never get boring! There is simply so much you can do with them! From boiled to mashed to roasted, they are there to complement a vast array of dishes.

How I like my potatoes

As I’m sure many would agree, dinner time can sometimes be stressful especially when you are tired and hungry.

One small thing I have been doing to save time during the week is to bulk cook a pot of potatoes on a Sunday and use them over the next couple of days."

It’s a simple strategy, but it works! They can then be used as they are, or if you are a little bit more adventurous, try making homemade chips with them. I usually cut them up sprinkle a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin and pop them into the oven (try this with sweet potatoes too, you won’t be disappointed). I sometimes use the rest to make a potato salad, potato cakes or add bite size pieces to a fish / chicken curry.

Make the most of your potatoes!

For other great potato recipes check out our sweet potato crisps recipe or our various baked potato recipes such as savoury minced beef and tomato baked potato.

It’s no doubt that spuds are a simple, delicious and healthy dinner accompaniment so for more great ideas on how you can jazz them up in your diet, check out our 101 square meals recipe book or for more.

Posted: 04/10/2019 14:46:01 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: 101 Square Meals, Potatoes, Recipes

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Deirdre Brennan
Hi my name is Dee Brennan and I’m a research fellow with the Human Health and Nutrition Team. My role consists of various tasks including coordinating the All-island Obesity Action Forum newsletters and bi-annual workshops. I love keeping active and enjoy jogging, yoga, going to the gym and hiking with friends. I also love a great cup of coffee!