Avocado Potato Salad.

Trying different kinds of salads is probably one of my favorite part of cooking and eating. I love salads and they are always the easiest and the fastest way to fix some meal.

This recipe blends avocado with dill, green onions, and lemon juice to create a tangy, creamy dressing for roasted potatoes and asparagus.

By the way a lot of people don’t eat potato and think there is nothing good about it. But if you cook it right you can actually get a lot of benefits from it:

1. Rich in vitamin B6, copper and magnese.

2. Helps control blood sugar levels.

3. Best energy producing veggie.

4. Resists stroke and heart attack.

5. Reduces inflammation.

6. Liver cleasing.

7. High in fiber.

8. Low in sodium.

9. High in Vitamin A.

10. Prevent kidney stones.

Just remember, it’s better to bake or roast the potato, not boil or fry.

Creamy avocado potato salad.

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Ingredients:

1,5 pounds yellow potato, chopped into cubes

3tsp. extra-virgin coconut oil

1/2tsp. sea salt

1/4tsp. ground black pepper

1 bunch asparagus, stalks chopped into pieces

1/2 cup chopped green onions.

Dressing:

1/2 cup avocado

2tbsp. minced fresh dill

4tsp. fresh lemon juice

1 green onion, chopped

1/4tsp. sea salt

Preheat the oven to 425F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the potatoes in the even layer on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

One the other baking sheet spread the asparagus, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast potatoes for 15 min., flip them, and roast for the other 15-20 min., until golden. During the last 15 minutes of roasting potatoes, place the asparagus in the oven and roast for 9-12 min., until tender. Transfer the roasted potatoes and asparagus to a large bowl and stir in the green onions.

Make the dressing. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients with 1/4 cup water and process until smooth.

Add the dressing to the bowl with the potatoes and asparagus and stir until combined.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

The salad is also good chilled.

 

Stuffed Potato Skins.

There are some food blogs that I adore. Some bloggers have just tons of amazing recipes and you want to try to make at leaf 80% of them.

One of my favorite food blogger is Edible Perspective. She has incredible recipes and everything that I tried from her blog was delicious and healthy.

She has this recipe recently posted on her blog and I decided to make it on the weekend. It takes a little time to prepare that’s why I picked the weekend day.

Stuffed Potato Skins is the perfect dinner or lunch dish and will work at any time of the year. It’s easier to make it now with all the fresh produce at the market and grocery store. Just make sure to use organic potatoes for this recipe because potatoes are loaded with pesticides especially if you eat them with the skin.

You can find the original recipe here, but I changed a few things a little: 1. didn’t use the cheese; 2. used the yellow onion instead of red; 3. used salsa instead of chipotle adobo sauce.

Stuffed Potato Skins.

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Ingredients:

5 medium russet potatoes,  scrubbed clean
2-3 tablespoons refined avocado oil, or other high heat safe oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cups finely chopped kale, stems removed
1 1/2 cups black beans (cooked)
1+ tablespoons salsa sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper

Avocado Cream:

1 ripe avocado
juice from 1 lime
salt to taste

 

Preheat your oven to 400° F and prick your potatoes a few times each with a fork. Place in the oven on the rack for about 50-65 minutes, or until fork tender and soft to the touch. Prep all veggies during this time.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 450° F.

While the potatoes are cooling, heat a large pan over medium with about 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and let cook for about 5-7 minutes until just starting to soften. Stir occasionally. Then add the chopped bell pepper and corn and let cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and stir for about 1 minute. Then add in the kale, black beans, salsa sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until the kale starts to wilt, then taste and add more salsa sauce.

Carefully slice each potato in half with a sharp knife. Holding the potato in your palm, gently scoop from one end to the other out about half the potato and place in a storage container. Repeat with all potatoes.Rub or brush all sides of the potatoes with oil. Place the cut side down on a large baking sheet and sprinkle each with salt. Place in the oven for about 5-7 minutes. Flip over to see if the cut side is crisped and browned. If so remove the potatoes from the oven.

Flip all potatoes over and lightly salt. Fill each with the bean mixture. Bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Place your avocados, lime juice, and a healthy pinch of salt in a food processor. Process until smooth. Taste and add more lime juice and salt if desired.Scrape into a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge until ready to use.

Serve with avocado cream, hot sauce, cilantro, etc.

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Homemade Sweet Potato Tots.

Why sweet potato is better than the regular one?

Look at this table:

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This is the other proof to go with sweet potato.

My choice this time was sweet potato tots. Yes, you can find them at any grocery store at the freeze isle, but as usual it’s packed with tons of unknown ingredients, chemicals and GMOs. Here is a picture of Trader&Joe’s Sweet Potato Tots ingredients that I took today:

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Soy Oil, Corn Starch flash the RED light for me!!!! GMO!!!!

The best choice is homemade ones!!!!

The recipe I am sharing today is a healthy version of potato tots. It’s fat free, gluten free and tastes really good.

Homemade Sweet Potato Tots.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • garlic

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of water.
  2. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
  5. Shred the peeled potatoes with a box grater.
  6. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt and garlic. Combine well.
  7. Roll and squish the potatoes into tot shapes.
  8. Place them on a baking sheet and into a 375° oven for 30 minutes.

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Guess who liked them the most?

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Rosemary Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”.

Potatoes are very popular in Ukraine. I remember from my childhood, we ate potatoes almost every day. My favorite dish was mashed potatoes with piece of chicken. I could eat mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To tell you the truth, I still love it, but don’t cook it very often.

Because it is not recommended to mix the starchy vegetables with the animal protein, I kept looking for some recipe that will work and taste as good as my favorite dish from the past.

When I found Cauliflower ” mashed potatoes” idea, I wasn’t sure if it tastes good. It might taste good as a cauliflower, but not as good as mashed potatoes.

Anyway, I got the huge head of cauliflower and tried to cook it at home.

This cauliflower-based version is the same texture to enjoy as mashed potato, but sans the butter, whole milk and table salt that make mashed potatoes a beauty-busting food.

It turned out so delicious for me, and tasted like REAL mashed potato. My husband still doesn’t know, how I made it, because he called it mashed potatoes:)

Rosemary Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets, stem and leaves removed

1 small garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1tbs olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sea salt, to taste

1tsp. dried rosemary

Bring water to a boil and steam cauliflower in a steamer for about 6-7 minutes, until softens.

Put the cauliflower florets in a food processor with the blade in place. Add garlic, almond milk, olive oil, black pepper, sea salt and rosemary. Pulse long enough to achieve the desired consistency.

Adjust seasonings to taste.

I served it with baked salmon and fresh veggies salad.

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