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28 June, 2021

[Recipe Sharing] U.S. Potatoes FB Live Talk feat. Indra Balaratnam

Yay, staying home means more time to play masak-masak! 

One of my favourite cooking ingredients is U.S. Potato as it is healthy, nutritious and versatile in whipping up any type of dishes, ranging from appetizer, soup and mains to even dessert. And this round I am glad to catch the U.S. Potatoes FB Live Talk featuring the certified dietitian, Indra Balaratnam!  

Indra Balaratnam mentioned that she is extremely happy to collaborate with U.S. Potatoes to look at the versatility in the usage of U.S Potatoes and share their nutritional benefits, especially amidst these pandemic times, to ensure everyone can cook up a nutritious meal. This is definitely a great news for me as I have been working from home for more than a year now.  

Let's learn more about U.S Potatoes nutritional goodness!

Personally, U.S. Potatoes have been one of my family's favourite food to go for. The potatoes are grown in favorable soil, in ideal growing conditions and with plentiful water. And U.S. potato growers draw from generations of in-the-field experience to cultivate a premium product.

Here are some interesting facts about U.S. Potatoes:
❤ Gives 110 easy-to-digest calories, making more energy-dense than any other popular vegetables.
❤ An excellent source of carbohydrates: the primary fuel for your brain and muscles.
❤ Rich in potassium: To aid muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system functions during long endurance events, and maintain normal blood pressure. 
❤ Rich in Vitamin C: One medium size potato gives you about 30% of your daily value. Definitely helps to promote collagen production, iron absorption, and supporting the immune system naturally.
❤ High in fibre: One medium size potato with skin contributes about 7% daily value per serving, which helps to make us feel full longer and lower blood cholesterol. 
❤ Rich in Vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin – an essential component of red blood cells.
❤ Contains 3 grams of plant-based protein per serving - our building block for growth and strong muscles and tissues.
❤ Rich in Vitamin B6folate, and antioxidants.
❤ .....most importantly, contains no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol!

After learning about the benefits of mighty U.S. Potatoes, Indra taught us some easy recipes to whip up different dishes at home using U.S. Potatoes. Indeed it is a very versatile ingredient that can be used to whip up any type of dishes, ranging from appetizer, soup and mains to even dessert. 

Here are two recipes I learned during the live talk: 
Makes: 5 burger patties

180 grams US Russet Potato – peeled, boiled and drained well
240 grams cooked chickpeas
4 Tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning spice
1 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
1. Using a fork, mash up the cooked chickpeas and potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add in the breadcrumbs, flaxseed, walnuts, tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning spice, black pepper and salt to taste.
3. Mix well and evenly divide into 5 balls to shape into patties.
4. Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick pan and pan-fry till golden brown.
5. Create your veggie burger with any condiment combination you like such as mustard, mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes, pickles, sliced onions, slice of cheese or salad greens.

Serves: 4

2 medium U.S. Russet Potatoes – peeled and cut into small cubes
5 cups (1250 ml) vegetable stock
500 grams broccoli – cut into small pieces
150 ml low-fat milk
4 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and crushed black pepper to taste

1. Place the U.S. Russet potatoes and vegetable stock in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
2. Then add in the broccoli and simmer for about 8 minutes more.
3. Pour the boiled mixture into a blender and blend till smooth.
4. Pour the blended mixture back into the pot, add the low fat milk and gently reheat.
5. Do not boil. Season with salt and crushed black pepper.
6. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Overall, it was a very information and interactive session with U.S. Potatoes.
Looking forward to cooking more healthy meals at home and trying out different recipes!

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