Smashed Potatoes with Zucchini, Feta and Salsa Verde
Potatoes are, in my opinion, one of the more underrated vegetables to grace our grocery store shelves. Over the past decade or so, potatoes have been given this bad rap, mainly due to the whole ‘no white foods diet’, and the low-carb lifestyle made popular by Dr. Atkins himself. But here’s the thing, while us silly humans are avoiding all things white and carby, the humble potato is screaming “pick me, pick me!’. And guys, you really should listen, because potatoes are much more nutritious than they are made out to be.
Full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, potatoes are not only nutritious, they are also easy to grow, lost cost and a staple dietary item for much of the world's population.
I LOVE potatoes. Seriously, love them. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweet potatoes too, but there is something about a white potato that just makes me so happy. No matter how you prepare them - roasted, boiled, baked, BBQ’d - they will always be a comfort food for me. I tend to gravitate towards eating more sweet potatoes throughout the winter months, but as soon as summer hits, I can’t get enough of baby potatoes; roasted on the BBQ with some simple seasoning, or boiled and added to a super fresh Nicoise Salad, they are versatile and delicious.
Which is what inspired me to create this recipe, one that has quickly become my favourite recipe so far created from The Wholeistic Way kitchen. (Aside from my love of baby potatoes, I’m also a huge fan of one of the Oh She Glow’s Smashed Potato Recipes, which is what also inspired to come up with my own.)
Health Benefits of the Potato
Before I get into the recipe, let’s chat a little more about the humble potato:
Potatoes are rich in potassium. The concentration is highest in the skin or just beneath, so make sure to keep the skin on to reap all the potassium benefits. (They also contain more potassium than a banana!)
Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of vitamins A and B, in particular vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in energy metabolism, by breaking down carbohydrates and proteins, into glucose and amino acids, which are both used for energy in the body.
Potatoes contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, which all help the body to build and maintain bone structure and strength.
Potatoes are a great source of dietary fibre, which helps promote regularity and a healthy digestive system.
Potatoes are an excellent source of energy, so if you live a fairly active lifestyle, potatoes are there to support your energy needs.
This recipe makes for a perfect side, or would be a huge hit at a potluck or dinner party. I recently made this recipe for a group of friends at a cottage weekend, and let’s just say, the response was all positive!
Enjoy - I CAN’T wait to hear what you think about this one.