“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, February 08, 2010

One Potato, Two Potato

Potato Recipe #1

This is a recipe from a old book of mine called, 'Fit For Life'  ... a diet craze during the mid 1980's that consisted of high amounts of fresh fruits, veggies and some meat eaten in certain combinations.  You might be able to check out the book from the library ... it has quite a number of good recipes.

Serves 4

2 large Idaho or russet potatoes
1 lb banana squash (you could use acorn or butternut I suppose)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 tsp. cumin (optional .. but gives a good 'cheese' flavor
1 tsp. sea salt .. or salt free seasoning
2 tsp. melted butter

Bake the potatoes in a 425 F preheated oven til soft.  While they're cooking, cut the skin from the squash and steam until very soft.

Cool the potatoes slightly.  Cut them in half and scoop out the inside leaving a nice intact shell .. set aside.  Combine the squash, potato pulp, 1/4 cup melted butter, sea salt & cumin in a food processor ... blend well until you have a smooth yellow puree.

Heap the potato-squash mixture into empty potato skins.  Brush with the 2 tsp. melted butter and sprinkle with paprika.  Place under the broiler for about 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Kid tested .. and mom approved;)

Potato Recipe #2

Sweet Potato Fries (OK ... a yellow beet too;)

Getting my youngest to eat his veggies is not always a walk in the park.  He's got a mindset of:  green beans, carrots, corn, (green, orange, yellow)  As long as I make a green, orange, or yellow veggie and call it:  green beans, carrots, or corn .. then he'll eat it.  He's 13 and the possessor of an extra chromosome .. quite a little boy still in stature and mind.  I have to be a tricky mom to switch veggies on him and get him to eat them.

Sweet potato fries in our home are also called carrots (for the above mentioned reason).  Broccoli is called .. green beans, sugar snap peas are called .. green beans.  Get it?

Sweet potato fries are easy peasy to make.  Just wash up a sweet potato .. peel the skin off in you  must, cut into rounds or French fries, place on a lipped baking sheet .. drizzle with a little olive oil .. a sprinkle of sea salt .. get messy in there with your hands .. and bake at 400F for about 10-15 minutes.  BTW ... he just didn't get it that the yellow beet is supposed to be corn;)


Ruralrose said...

First time here. I love this little story, perception is everything! Great post, I am going to read more. Peace

Wendy said...

I love how creative you are with the veggies :)

Mr. H. said...

Those are good colors to work with, and very healthy colors. I like your potatoe recipe, we just happen to have half a squash left in the fridge...perhaps I will try it tonight.

Troy said...

I sometimes mix redskin potatoes and russets together... does that count?

Seriously I'm not really into winter squash, no matter what you call it. I think I had to eat it too much as a kid, But the sweet potato fries look good.

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog, I have to admit, I did most of the layout of my pictures myself, my wife tweaked them a bit and she took the pics, because she is better with a camera than I am.

I was trying to get in touch with my inner "girly-man" in preparation for Valentine's Day.

Rebecca said...

I "get it"! This is one of the most touching posts I've ever read. I chuckled; then I cried.

Roasted Garlicious said...

i'm not much into potatoes but sometimes sweet potato 'fries' (baked or fried) are a yummy treat! i understand that 'walk in the park' with your son.. my granddaughter has asperger's and is very visual when it comes to food.. if it doesn't look right.. nope, not going to eat it!! fortunately for us, her choices of foods are perfect, lots of raw fruit,raw veggies, cheese, meat if it is cooked plain, no gravies or sauces please...