Any time I do not know what to make for the restaurant or for dinner, I know I fall back on the potato. Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. This simple root vegetable that you can find in every kitchen is blamed for causing obesity and heart problems, but this vegetable is innocent from all these accusations. Potatoes are high in B6, manganese, potassium and vitamin C. It is part of a plant-based diet used to help lower blood pressure. It’s the frying and loading the potato with butter, cheddar cheese or loads of salt gives potatoes the bad wrap.
So, you’re asking “What about your heart healthy mash potato?” Well, I am glad you asked. This mashed potato dish includes turmeric, garlic, ginger, peppers and almonds. It is like you are taking dose of brain and heart food, and it looks great in the center of any dinner table.
Heart Healthy Mashed Potatoes
5 Medium size russet potatoes
1 bay leave
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 cloves of garlic
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced into 1/4-inch pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup slivered almonds
-Peel the potatoes and cut in halves. Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with water and place on the stove. Add the bay leave, the turmeric and slat. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until the potatoes are soft but not mushy. Remove from the stove.
-Heat 1/4 cup olive oil and saute the onion the onions for couple minutes. Add the chopped peppers, stir and cook for extra minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
-Place the garlic with little salt and mash. Add the potatoes, little of the boiling water and mash into smooth paste.
-Add the ginger, the cayenne pepper, the rest of the olive oil and pepper. Mix well. Add the cooked vegetables and fold. Spoon the potatoes into shallow baking dish. Arrange the almonds on tops.
-Bake in 395 F degree oven for 25 minutes or until the almonds are golden. Remove and serve. Yummm.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POTATO DISH? I would love to hear from you and share your recipe with my customers and readers. Stay healthy.