Thursday, August 22, 2013

accordion potato recipe.

a recent visit to the nutritionist revealed that my diet was severely lacking in starches. i wasnt surprised. my main source of carbs used to be bread, and since gluten free bread is gross and expensive, i just did without. well apparently a lack of carbs is really bad and can cause long-term health problems. since i already have plenty of those, i started working really hard on figuring out how to add more starchy foods to our meal rotation. 

and it got old fast. i mean, im half asian, i LOVE rice, but do i really want to eat it every day? not really. im not that into quinoa (cue everyone on the internet telling me how to make quinoa taste better), and gluten free pasta is usually out of our budget. so weve been eating a lot of potatoes. potatoes are nice. theyre cheap and versatile and it doesnt take a lot to make them taste good. 

ive seen this type of potatoes on pinterest a lot, and once i tried them out they instantly became our favorite type of potatoes. theyve got a better flavor and texture than regular baked potatoes, dont take nearly as long, and they look super fancy. what more could you possibly want? how about the fact that you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. 

accordion potatoes
(recipe is for one potato, make as many as you want)

small/medium russet potatoes (speaking from experience, this does NOT work with large "baking" type potatoes)
olive oil
salt, pepper, garlic powder, and herbs de provence to taste

start by pre-heating your oven to 450 degrees. next wash your potatoes really well (since youll be leaving the skin on), and carefully make vertical cuts about 3/4 of the way through the potato (not slicing it all the way) every 1/4 inch or so all the way across the potato. repeat for each potato. place your potato(es) on a cookie sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil. next top with salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs de provence (or other seasonings, if you want to get creative) and bake for about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through. and thats it! 

if you try this out, please let me know how you like it, and stay tuned for tomorrow when i talk about my favorite way to get free stuff!

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