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Potatoes USA is celebrating World Nutrition Day with the theme “A World Of Flavours” which falls on May 28 with 20 key Malaysian social media influencers whipping up a repertoire of tantalizing and nutritious dishes using U.S. potatoes as a key ingredient, at the TCH Foodworks Culinary Workspace in PJ, recently.

U.S. potatoes, whether fresh or frozen, are a very versatile ingredient that could inspire a wide repertoire of dishes—from appetisers, soups, main dishes to desserts. In addition, U.S. potatoes are nutrient-dense providing energy, key vitamins and minerals and is more energy-packed than any other popular vegetables.  

According to consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam one medium U.S. potato provides about 110 calories of easy-to-digest calories, has zero cholesterol, zero sodium and zero fat.  U.S. potatoes are also a nutrient dense vegetable making it a healthy food choice to maintain the family’s health. 

At the event, dietitian Indra Balaratnam created four scrumptious and healthy recipes using U.S. potatoes – U.S. Russet Potato Muffins, U.S. Potato Feta & Parsley Croquette, U.S. Russet Potato Green Apple Kerabu and Texmex Style U.S. Potato Skins.  Indra explained that these dishes are easy to make and are popular with Malaysians as their flavours are appetizing and easily titillate the palates to serve at any family gatherings as well as for quick meals. 

Description of the recipe: Vegetarian 
Recipe by: Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietitian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time:  25 minutes
Ready Time: 45 minutes
Potato Type: US Russet
Serves: 4
Prep Method: Panfry, Microwave, Broil/Grill
Course: Side dish, Light meal
2 medium US potatoes – scrub the skin and pat dry
50 grams chopped red onion
1 jalapeño chilli pepper -- seeded and minced
30 grams cherry tomatoes -- diced
1/3 cup canned black beans -- drained and rinsed
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels
2 tsp ground cumin
4 Tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
4 Tablespoons fat-free sour cream 
Salt & black pepper to taste
Finely chopped spring onion

Prick 2 medium US Russet Potatoes and microwave on high for 6 minutes. Check for doneness by gently squeezing them. They should be soft to the touch. 
Preheat the oven grill to 200 degrees Celsius. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out potato flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Set the potatoes flesh aside for later. Place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Broil for 5 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onion and jalapeño and cook for 3 minutes. 
Add the chopped cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn and cumin and cook for 5 more minutes.
Mix the cooked bean and corn mixture to the potato flesh. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
Remove potatoes from oven, using tongs to carefully flip over. Pack each potato skin with the bean and US Russet potato mixture. Top with shredded cheese, dividing evenly. 
Return the potatoes into the oven and grill for about 4 minutes, or until the cheese melts slightly. Remove from oven to cool for 10 minutes. Top each with a tablespoon of fat-free sour and sprinkle with finely chopped spring onion. 

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 283
Protein: 10g
Fat: 8g (24% of fat from total calories)
Carbohydrates: 45
Fiber: 5g
Sodium: 531mg

One medium U.S. Potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates (9% daily value) to fuel one’s muscles and brain, and protein to aid in building cells and muscles.  In addition, U.S. Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C (30% daily value) which makes healthier meals and play a key role in supporting the body’s immune system.  

Ms Tania Lee, a sports dietitian also shared tips on the benefits of U.S. Potatoes for those leading active, athletic lifestyles. “Potatoes can fuel the body and boost sport performance.  Carbohydrates are a key fuel for muscles during exercise and for its recovery after one’s workout session hence it is crucial for optimal physical and mental performance. 

“Potatoes have 3 grams of protein per serving which are great building blocks for growth and a key component of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. Potassium is a mineral that is an electrolyte for muscles to function well. One U.S. Potato gives you 15% of your daily potassium serving, and that’s more than what a medium banana provides,” explained Tania.

All 20 social media influencers put their chef’s hat on and created their own recipes using U.S. Potatoes which reflected the versatility, variety of tastes, scrumptiousness, and simplicity in their creations. 

Here is my team up recipe with Rane and loving the colours:

Our "Where East meets West: Kerabu Potato"

Ingredient - US Russet Potato - salted Butter - Sliced Chia seed - black sesame - bunga kantan - Toasted serai - basil leaves - edible flower - steak pepper - coarse salt - red cili 2 piece Method: - Boil potato in wok with water about 15 min. - mash the potato - cut all bunga kantan and small ginger into small pieces. - serai toasted in frying pan. - Mix potato with minimal toasted ingredient. - add coarse salt and steak pepper before eat - sliced chia seed, black sesame and edible flower as garnish. - cili cut small sliced or cut pattern as decor. - served hot.

We spotted some great creation from others which are really appetizing too. ;)

For information and recipes, visit www.uspotatogoodness.com.my or FaceBook: @My Potatoes USA.

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