WHY I LOVE POTATOES AS VEGAN FAST FOOD
Why I love potatoes as vegan fast food is a story about a vegan, who is not a big fan of veggies and does not like to cook. They are nutritious, delicious and so easily prepared that whenever I am fresh out of meal ideas, I grab a potato as the base of a homemade fast food dinner.
If you have read any of my previous posts in Plant-Based Eating such as Have You Made Chickpea Salad, you know I am not a cook. I do not enjoy preparing food in any way. The fabulous thing about potatoes is that they are quickly prepared in so many fabulous ways.
LET’S TALK NUTRITION
Potatoes have vitamin C, B6, potassium and manganese. They are also a great source of fibre. Potatoes help with stomach inflammation such as duodenal ulcers caused by acidity. If prepared well (not fried), potatoes can help you to regulate your blood pressure by helping you balance sodium levels. The tryptophan in white potatoes is calming. Potatoes are good for both brain health and heart health. Food.ndtv.com lists 14 Benefits of Potatoes and I suggest you check them out.
Ultimately, it is the way potatoes are sometimes prepared that give them the bad reputation. French fries soaked in oil or potato chips deep fried and covered in chemical dressings are plain old bad for you junk food. Believe me, this pains me, as I am a chipoholic. Like any food, potatoes eaten in moderation can improve your nutritional intake. Bake them, boil them, toss them in salads – or – nuke ’em and use them as the base for a meal.
MY POTATO FAST FOOD FAVOURITES
I am not gonna get into the pros and cons of microwaving food. Being a rather unimaginative and lazy cook, I love my microwave. A medium-sized potato can be baked in the microwave without adding oils or calories in about 5 minutes. First I wash the potato, prick it with a fork and place it on a plate in the microwave. When it is done I have a few quick ways of completing my potato meal.
- Slice the potato a few times on a diagonal and top with baked beans and tomato sauce. Then add some vegan crumble (I use Yves Mediterranean) to top it off.
- Slice the potato and top with salsa, corn and crumble.
- Make a taco potato! Slice that potato up into small pieces and top with all of your favourite taco toppings. I love olives, beets, vegan cheese, onions, pickles, salsa and sometime crumble too!
- You can boil your potato (with the skin of course as it adds important nutrients such as iron), mash them, top with any combo of frozen or fresh veggies, add a topping like salsa and presto, again, fast and nutritious vegan eats!
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
When I was volunteering at Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, back in my early days there, we used to have Friday lunches in the trailer. A fellow volunteer whom I was eating with complimented the potatoes we were enjoying. He then commented that he did not enjoy cooking, was not very imaginative with his vegan eats and thus ate a lot of potatoes. I was not yet vegan, and did not really appreciate the tip he had just given me. All these years later, I remember this tip every time I prepare my fast food meal. This is often on Sunday when my daughter is cooking a meal for the kids and I want to join them for dinner. Sometimes I simply have my potato with whatever veggies and side dishes she may be preparing.
Next time you are contemplating dinner without a clue regarding what you want to eat, grab a potato and build a meal. You will not regret it!