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Austerity Month: Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes
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Austerity Month: Potatoes, Potatoes, Potatoes

For some reason, my husband declared May “Austerity Month”. He said he would eat potatoes for dinner every single day. So we went and got a big bag of Organic Russet Potatoes and I have been making all kinds of different things with them, just cooking them in different ways.

Here are two of my favorite ones so far:

Creamy Mashed Potatoes


  • 4 Organic Russet Potatoes
  • ½ cup of soy milk + 2 tbsp.
  • 2 tbsps. Organic coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp. chopped chives
  • garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Wash potatoes and put them (with skin) in a large pot, cover them with cold water, add ½ cup of soy milk and a pinch of salt.

2. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes.

3. Drain well.

4. While the potatoes are still warm, transfer to a food processor.

5. Add 2 tbsp of soy milk and coconut butter and blend until desired consistency is reached.

6. Season with garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper and fold in the chives.


Crispy Roasted Potato Chips


  • 4 Organic Russet Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Malt vinegar, for drizzling *optional


1. Place a baking sheet in the center rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. With a mandolin, thinly slice the potatoes.

3. Transfer to a container and soak in cold water for about an hour.

4. Drain them well.

5. Toss with the oil, garlic salt and pepper.

6. Spread the slices on the hot baking sheet in a single layer and roast until golden and crispy, about 20 minutes- turning them once midway.

7. Remove from oven, drizzle with malt vinegar, and serve immediately.

These are so good and crispy, no need for deep-frying.

Easy, fast and so very tasty!!

By the way, I don’t own a mandolin; but my kind neighbor was nice enough to let me borrow his. It is really awesome. It’s great for slicing veggies. I had a couple of cucumbers in the fridge so I also used the mandolin to thinly slice them and made pickles. 

Austerity Month reminds me that simple is better and less is more.

Simple food, walks on the beach, watching the sunset, a cup of tea with a loved one …

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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