Potatoes may be natures perfect food.  They're an inexpensive, healthy, and ultra-convenient whole food that is extremely satisfying.  

Sweet potatoes have more fiber than white, and are nutritional and flavor powerhouses. 

Sweet or white potatoes are most delicious baked, but can also be microwaved, steamed, boiled, or fried (without oil).  You can bake them at 400 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes.  Hint: Do this often; always have some baked potatoes in your fridge!  (I like to boil them if I'm making mashed potatoes)

Please, *don't* add butter, margarine or sour cream! 

Sweet potatoes, especially, don't need salt. They're fabulous straight-up for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, maybe with a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

White potatoes seem to go with a greater variety of spices (try garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, hot sauce, vinegar, rosemary, etc.). Some people feel they need a little salt on white potatoes, but they're actually delicious without it.

Once cooked & possibly spiced, you can eat the potatoes as is, or slice them and caramelize the slices in a dry non-stick pan for a little crunch and an elegant look. 

You can broil potato wedges for a little crunch.  You may want to spice them first, maybe after adding a little water so the spice sticks.  (see Potato Wedges)

White potatoes go well with sauteed onion, and other veggies. 

Mash white potatoes with soy milk, pepper, and parsley, and you can throw in some cooked peas for fun. 

Mash sweet potatoes with orange juice, or orange juice concentrate, and maybe a little brandy!  (See Mashed Sweet Potato Variations)

Sweet potatoes don't store well before cooking so cook soon after purchase.

Potatoes are a healthy, whole food that is extremely low in fat.  Don't fall for the myth that they don't have enough protein: they have plenty of protein so there's no need to combine them with other food - unless you want to.

The bottom-line is:  Always keep some pre-baked potatoes in the fridge!


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commented 2012-03-20 20:16:52 -0400 · Flag
My favorite way to cook sweet potatoes is: 1)scrub them well with a brush under running water. 2) pierce them 3 times with a knife. 3) bake them at 400 degrees for about an hour. I bake several at one time, then put the extras in the refrigerator to enjoy throughout the week.

For a quicker meal, scrub and pierce a sweet potato, then microwave it for about 6 minutes (until it is soft.)

To replace candied sweets: 1) Scrub several sweet potatoes or peel them, 2) slice them (about 1/2 inch thick) into a casserole dish, 3) pour a can of pineapple tidbits over them, 4) bake at 400 degrees for about an hour or until a fork goes easily into the sweet potatoes.
published this page in Food Without Recipes 2012-01-13 18:26:00 -0500