Tell me about it spud..

by Natalie Shaw


Get it? Get it? A spud is a potato, stud is the line. Ahhh, food jokes - they never get old. And the best part? While it's all pun and games, you're not actually playing with your food so your mum can't murder you. Excellent :). Right, now where was I before I got carried away with my own hilarity? Potatoes. That's where I was. Potato land. The vegetable that everyone loves - and as I posted on instagram - the vegetable that can be eaten in so many different ways. Fried, boiled, baked. As spuds, as chips, as salad. As creamy, creamy mash. The options are limitless. Today, I'm going to give you two healthy recipes in one post. I know right!? Pretty nice of me huh! Must be all the potato.

Potato Bake

Ah how I love thee. The side I could most definitely eat as main. All day, every day. But this recipe? Well it's low fodmap, gluten free, extremely low lactose, soy free and yet - delicious. I promise. Don't believe me? Potatoes gonna potate. Also, maybe you should try it:

Ingredients

  • Baby Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato
  • Almond Milk
  • Parmesan Cheese Grated
  • Shallots (green only)
  • Gluten Free Bread / Crumbs

Method

  1. Slice and dice those babies (the potatoes, duh.) and place a layer into your oven proof dish. Use both the sweet (naw diddums) and normal white - it's a great combo.
  2. Splash in Almond Milk and sprinkle some shallots before repeating the layer of potatoes.
  3. Cover in cheese and crumb - either self made with the bread or from a box if you're feeling lazy. I don't judge.
  4. Bake for approx 30-40 minutes and voila!

It's as easy as one, two, three. (plus number four, but really, putting it in the oven aint that hard people.)

Keep in mind - I have not added quantities as it would vary depending on how much you are making. If you want to know how much i use for a single serve - don't hesitate to ask!

Herbed Potatoes

Now these little guys are super easy - and as I am not the creator of the packet mix I cannot take too much credit. I made these up using Rick Grant's seasoning - brilliant stuff - for a Christmas side dish. I was pleasantly surprised at my brilliance.

Ingredients

  • Baby Potatoes (approx 320/50g)
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Shallots (green)
  • Herbs  - I used Rick Grants, you could also do your own mix of your faves!

Method

  1. Cut your potatoes into halves before coating with the olive oil.
  2. Place Seasoning into a bowl - I only needed approx 20/30g - and roll each potato half in the herbs until reasonably covered.
  3. Bake on a tray in the oven for approx 45 minutes to an hour with a sprinkle of ground sea salt.
  4. Take out and let cool before placing in a bowl tossed with shallots. You can eat hot if you prefer, or do as I did and refrigerate to serve as a form of "potato salad."

And there you have it folks - a whole lotta potatoey goodness. You're welcome! Now, as I was making these herbed potatoes, I also developed some more side dishes which I will be sharing very soon. But first, let me take a selfie. I jest - time and place people. What is actually happening first my friends, is dessert. Because as the very popular (and true) quote says, "life is short, eat dessert first." Also, I don't think I've supplied you with enough of the sweet tooth treats of late. Stay tuned! And as always, tag me if you try my recipes - would love to see :) @natalieshaw_xo

Nat x x x

Recipes posted are Low Fodmap, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free/Low, Fructose Free, Vegetarian.