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The Potato Diet

 

NOTE: This is an old story. I started writing it last January. But other posts and topics took center stage and I never finished it. It is still an interesting story and so because I have nothing else finished today, and because I have a killer allergy headache today I took it out of storage, cleaned it up a bit and am sharing it with you today.

 

Remember the Twinkie Diet I wrote about last year? This was the story about Profesor of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University; Mark Haub who went on a Twinkie diet and lost 27 pounds.

Well, now someone in England did the same thing but this time with only potatoes.

And he lost weight too.

 

You can hardly argue with success. But the food police still do!

As soon as someone reports news items like these some people get their knickers all bunched up and say things like: “That’s dumb,” “That’s not nutritious,” “I couldn’t recommend that diet,” and so on and so on ad nauseum.

I do not think the men conducting this kind of research are trying to recommend a diet of all Twinkies or all potatoes. In fact, they say just that. In addition, I am not recommending anything either.

 I simply report interesting food stories I think and hope you might find interesting.

For instance, Mark Haub, the Twinkies guy, had a hypothesis that it is not so much what you eat nor the nutritional value of the diet, but how many calories, or how much you eat, that causes weight gain or weight loss. He devised a scientific inquiry and proved his hypothesis.

Potatoes and the Recession

The potato diet really piqued my interest because of the recession and the number of people struggling to put food on the table. Potatoes may be a partial answer to this. And since we know that IF eaten in moderation,  potatoes may be a life-saver during this recession we should be talking about this and sharing more potato recipes.

A short while back I did a story titled, Could Potatoes Save Your Life? In that post I shared a news item that said potatoes can easily be grown in a small area such as a backyard or even on a patio and could potentially be survival food for folks on a tight budget. (Recession anyone?)

Now along comes Chris Voigt. According to the BBC News Magazine:

Chris Voigt’s reason for eating potatoes, potatoes and nothing but potatoes is as plain and simple as his diet has been for the past two months.

As executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, he’s trying to debunk perceptions that potatoes are unhealthy and instead are a good source of fibre, potassium and vitamin C.

 In one of the very first posts here at MTTD  I wrote was about the health benefits of potatoes. Potatoes are healthy. It is all the butter, butter, butter, cheese, sour cream, and bacon we pile on them that raise calorie levels so high.

What happened to Mr. Voigt on his diet?

…….in the course of his two-month diet, Mr Voigt himself says he has lost 18 pounds. His previously borderline-high cholesterol has dropped – down 52 points at the half-way mark. And the family food bill is down as he can feed himself for $15 (£9.40) a week.

All goes to show that the basic diet I follow, which is to pretty much eat whatever I want with this caveat:  I just eat less of it or smaller portions, is not all that bad an idea.

In light of this latest diet research, think I’ll stick with it a while longer.

It certainly is easier than counting calories and following rigid diet plans. 

Featured Recipe    Roasted Potato Hash

I HAD to share a potato recipe after telling you about the Potato Diet. And what a recipe it is. This is Martha Stewart, Everyday Foods at her very best. She always thinks of the best additions to foods. I would never have thought of adding red bell peppers to potatoes. And roasting it all is just inspired.

It is a pretty dish too with that dash of red from the bell pepper.

And as usual here at More Thyme Than Dough, this is quick and easy and very budget friendly. Not many dishes to clean up either.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 pound russet or Yukon Gold potatoes

1   medium white onion

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium red bell pepper

2 tablespoons chives

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Wash the potatoes and bell pepper well. Cut the potatoes into a medium dice.

Cut the onion into a medium dice too.

Dump it all on a rimmed baking sheet.

Spread the potatoes and onions out into a single layer. Pour the olive oil over the potatoes and onions, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Roast in the oven until onion begins to soften, about 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are in the oven, cut the pepper in half, remove the membrane and seeds. Then dice the pepper.

While your at it you might as well chop the chives too.

When the onion begins to soften add the red pepper to the baking sheet and toss.

Roast until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 13 minutes.

When the potatoes are done sprinkle the chives over all.

This delicious side dish goes well with any meat entrée froom pork chops to steak.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 pound potatoes                               $1.00

1   medium white onion                      $0.54

½ cup extra virgin olive oil                  $0.48

1 medium red bell pepper                   $1.50

2 tablespoons chives                          $0.40

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $3.92
Cost per person = $0.98

Quote of the Day

Only two things in this world are too serious to be jested on, potatoes and matrimony

 

Old Irish saying.

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