Thursday, October 22, 2020

Reasons why the whole family loves potatoes

Potato has become a part of my daily life, and if you’re just like me then you definitely also blurt out "potato is life" from time to time, haha! And why not... after all, potatoes are a versatile vegetable and a staple food in many households. They are cheap, delicious, and packed with a variety of nutrients. 

Baked, fried, mashed, roasted, or boiled – it doesn't matter because for me, the potato makes any meal better and I'm pretty sure you'll agree!

I research the food I prepare and serve for the fam, especially to my daughter Tammy who tends to be so picky with her food intake. I have learned that potatoes are nutrient-dense and have less carbs than pasta and rice. Isn't that amazing?! 

Let me share with you here some more health benefits that the humble potato offers. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that: 

- A medium-size potato with skin on (148 grams) only has 110 calories. 
- It's a whole food that is an excellent source of vitamin C (30% of DV). 
- It has more potassium than a banana. 
- It’s naturally gluten-free and has no cholesterol, no fat, and no sodium. 
- The dietary fiber in potatoes helps in digestive health and is incredibly filling. You’ll stay fuller for a longer period of time. 

Believe it or not, fried potatoes are Tammy's all-time fave! The simplest way to prep them is to buy frozen potatoes at the supermarket. No need to wash, peel, and cut. Just heat the oil and dunk the frozen potatoes. That’s awesome tasting fries in minutes! 

Did you know that you can find frozen potatoes from the U.S. in supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide? They’re just as good as fresh potatoes, and they’re super versatile, too. They come in different fun cuts like half-shells, wedges, straight-cut fries, curly fries, basket-weave, tater drums, hash brown patties, crinkle cut, and more. 

Tammy once mentioned that she missed eating her fave Korean fried chicken, so I thought of granting her wish! I simply paired fried chicken breast cut-ups with crinkle-cut potatoes ala "street food' style I dub as US Potato Korean Fried Chicken. 

It's so quick and easy to do. I fried the chicken breast cut ups and added some Korean sauces and spices. Then deep fried the crinkle cut frozen potatoes separately and waluuuh! I served it as our "Sunday's Best" snack, and she loved it! 

The US Potato Korean Fried Chicken

I made this again last Thursday and served it during her break from online classes. That big smile on her face was priceless! 

I’ll let you in on a secret. What made this recipe special is the chicken batter where I added U.S. dehydrated potatoes. It made the chicken tastier and crunchier. 

You might ask, what is a dehydrated potato? It's another potato form that is commonly used by foodservice operators and bakers. It’s used in soups, desserts, entrees, and a whole lot of dishes. It packs the same nutrients as fresh and frozen potatoes, with just the water removed. It also has a longer shelf life, which makes it a handy ingredient in the kitchen.

My daughter’s obsession for fried potatoes continues. For her AM snack, I served her these hash browns to wash away some “Friday Madness”, haha! Yummy! 

Oh and ze' husband and I went out for dinner today— finally after XX months of being in quarantine, and since potato is life, I ordered barbecue ribs with potato wedges on the side, haha! 
To know more about the wonderful array of products, services, and recipes offered by Potatoes USA, check out Potato Goodness and Potatoes USA – Philippines. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Do you have potato recipes to share? I’m excited to know and learn tips from you! :) 

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