Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Healthy food can be simple too!!

Darling Daughter, aka DD, made a simple, colorful, nutritous dinner in 6 minutes. Oca + purple potatoes + cheese + real butter = dinner! Just wash and quarter potatoes and oca, microwave 5 minutes, add cheddar, microwave 30 seconds more, add butter and maybe salt/pepper, DONE:) Add a glass of milk and you have a simple, nutritous meal.

This meal is high in protein, both from the dairy and the potato, riboflavin, phosphorous, vitamins B12, B6, C, D, calcium, selenium,Thiamin, Niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese.

The purple potatoes have an additional nutritional value over that of regular potaoes. According to

Nutritional Value
The purple potato's striking pigment is its nutritional life force, thanks to the antioxidant powerhouse anthocyanin, which is responsible for the purple and blue color of fruits and vegetables. This flavonoid has been shown in studies to possess anti-cancer and heart-protective effects, as well as benefits like boosting the immune system and protecting against age-related memory loss. Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service found that potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential of those with lighter skin and flesh.

I knew potatoes that weren't fried were very healthy but when I looked up the nutritional info for this dish I was still surprised at the nutritional value it contained. It feels like a comfort food dish that most of us like but you can apparently eat guilt free. This meal with the milk is probably along the lines of 500-600 calories so it is indeed a meal and not a snack. The purple potatoes and oca make it a more interesting and colorful twist of an old favorite, the baked potato.

I blogged about Oca in an earlie post here.


Julie said...

Really interesting. People need more posts like this one. If there were a cook book out there with healthy comfort food recipes maybe more people would eat healthier.

("protecting against age-related memory loss" need LOTS more purple potatos!..heehee)

Craftiness said...

I suggest you particularly eat 3 serving a day Julie;p