Potatoes are, it turns out, pretty nutritious, actually. They've got bunches of vitamins, really missing out only on A and D, gobs of minerals, and even some tasty protein (about 7% of the calories). Sure, you'd have to eat 5 pounds of them if it's *all* you ate, but it'd keep you alive.
Now, I'm not eating 5 pounds of potatoes. I'm eating more like 2 pounds of potatoes a day. Plus oil, spices, nutritional yeast (which is, it turns out, some kinda super-protein filled food), salt, and sometimes peas, onions, and tomato sauce.
I bet you could live forever on peas and potatoes. Not sure you'd want to, but for flexibility the potato is it. I've got to wonder how I let any of them go bad.
Yesterday I nommed a bunch of potatoes that I nuked, sliced, and covered with spices and salt. Oh, and probably close to 1/2 C of oil. They just soak it up. I think I'd use less oil if I heated the oil in my wok and then mixed the potato cubes and spices in that. Plus, I could add cooked yummy onions then.
Oh, so this "baked" potato thing...
Back when I was a kid, so in the 80's, there was a huge thing with baked potatoes. I vaguely remember restaurants that were all about baked potatoes, and maybe soup and salad, too. But potatoes were where it was at.
They are super flexible. I mean, you need some kinda base for extra filling to go under your flavory food- why not use potatoes. They've got the nutrient thing going on, and the lower calorie thing, and plenty of tasty fiber. Plus, they go with just about any left-ever savory food you might have in the fridge. Curry over potatoes? Yum. Tomato soup over potato? Yum. Chili over potato? Yum. Even just cheese or cheese and broccoli or something- Yum!
The only problem with potatoes is that, as a fresh food, they've got fewer calorie per pound, which increases the cost per calorie. That makes them more expensive than flour, but they don't require too much other stuff to make them eatable. Heck, desperate people could eat them totally plain.
I'm still gonna try and eat something else today- Girl cannot (should not?) live on potatoes alone.
Photo by Ed Bierman