Eat Your Potatoes, Calm Your Nerves

I like potatoes as much as the next person, but lately I’ve been eating an awful lot of them, I actually can’t get enough of them! 

I’ve roasted them with cumin seeds and garlic, made a simple summery potato salad , added them to a coconutty veg curry, mashed them with garlic, fresh rosemary and parmesan and even ate them for breakfast – chopped into cubes and oven baked served with a poached egg. Yum to them all. 

So what is it about those tasty tubers that has me hankering after them like there’s no tomorrow?  Well it turns out spuds can help lower our blood pressure and they also calm the nerves thanks to their natural sedative properties. Well let’s be honest, lockdown can be a bit stressful? Frustrating? Fraught? Maybe all of the above, all in the same day. So perhaps my craving wasn’t so random after all.

If you think you might be in need of a little natural calming, stock up on the spuds and try one of these simple potato ideas.

Potato Omelette

If you’ve got any leftover potatoes (we rarely have left over anything to be honest) this is a really quick and easy lunch dish. Just fry sliced onion and maybe a little crushed garlic until golden. Add cooked potato cubes and pour over whisked eggs with a little seasoning. Cook in your pan until set and serve sprinkled with grated cheese or feta and your favourite fresh herbs. A big pile of rocket and cheery cherry tomatoes finishes this off nicely.

Spiced Roast Potatoes

Preheat your oven to 180 C. Scrub a load of potatoes, leaving on the skins (for extra flavour and added nutrition), chop into chunks and tumble onto a baking tray. Drizzle over oil and season with cumin seeds, ground coriander, turmeric, salt and pepper. Toss. Roast for about 45 minutes. 10 minutes before the end stir in crushed garlic if you fancy. Lovely with a lentil dhal, scattered with chopped fresh coriander.

Simple Potato Salad

Simply boil chopped potatoes until tender. Drain and cool slightly. Now stir through 1 small crushed garlic clove, a couple of big dollops of Greek yoghurt and a few chopped mint leaves. Season to your liking. The perfect BBQ accompaniment.

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