I caught my husband sneaking these leftover twice-baked purple potatoes for a midday snack. For those that don't realize, him enjoying a Trim Healthy Mama recipe is important. I didn't even get one of these leftovers. he gobbled them up before I could even organize my week's leftovers in the refrigerator.
To be honest, these are great. I can't lie. They taste creamy and delectable. You might even need a double batch. Wonderful for the upcoming autumn weather or even a holiday celebration.
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The Purple Potatoes Recipe
The purple potato is a powerhouse of nutrition, but it honestly is set apart for their low glycemic index.
They are lower on the glycemic index, which makes them a blessing on blood sugar, yet still so tasty. There are quite a few different varieties of purple potatoes including the purple sweet potato. Other names for the purple potato become rather confusing as there doesn't seem to be a specific name for the delicious vegetable. Other names include the Tutaekuri potato or the Māori potato.
Any potato that has a pigment to it contains anthocyanins. Among other nutrients, this is what makes them such an epic vegetable. Anthocyanins is the same phytochemicals found in berries, red and purple grapes, and red wine.
Furthermore, in the Trim Healthy Mama world, the subject of purple potatoes is quite confusing. Do a search for 'purple potato' in the Facebook group and you will get a lot of mixed information! The problem is that there are so many different varieties of potatoes and it can be tough to keep all the verbiage straight!
Do Purple Potatoes Taste Different?
Yes, no, maybe so. How's that for an answer?
Purple potatoes taste quite different from the average other 'purple' foods. They do not taste like eggplant or other purple-tinged foods. They taste remarkably like a regular white potato but with just a slightly drier flavor. It will also depend on the variety you purchase. If you get a purple sweet potato, it will taste sweet. The purple potatoes that I used in this recipe were not sweet potatoes and therefore had more of a white potato flavor.
Trim Healthy Mama and the Purple Potato
Also, in a THM poddy (ep.108) the sisters gave a stellar report on how purple potatoes are an excellent resource. Below is a portion of the transcript from the poddy that addresses purple potatoes.
The best I can figure is that there is a difference between a purple sweet potato and a purple potato. The varieties differ between skin color and flesh color. Some are purple both inside and outside, some are only purple outside. Some taste like a russet potato, and some taste like a sweet potato.
Are Purple Potatoes Better for you?
Regardless of the variety here is what is consistent:
1. The purple potato is lower on the glycemic index
2. It is an E fuel, which means it still is a carbohydrate
3. It is an excellent choice for weight maintenance, pregnancy, or nursing
4. In moderation and according to the proper season in life, it can be an excellent choice as opposed to a russet, red, or even golden potato.
The bottom line is that purple potatoes can be a better choice for your unique season in life. In most cases, they can be added to your food freedom rotation or meal plan. I certainly love them while eating during pregnancy and nursing!
Twice Baked Purple Potatoes
Making twice-baked purple potatoes is a little bit of a process, but the end result is delicious and can be used for a meal or a quick snack. My husband took advantage of that snack idea!
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- 10 medium Purple Potato
- 3 cups finely diced chicken
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ mineral salt
- 1 diced onion
- 10 oz Rotel Tomatoes (drained)
- ½ cup unsweetened greek yogurt
- Cut Potatoes half-length-wise and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until tender.
- Alternatively, you can bake them whole and cut them after they have cooled. I personally find that purple potatoes are a bit delicate and will fall apart if not sliced prior.
- Scoop out the insides of each potato into a bowl. Leave about ¼ inch on the sides. Mash the scooped potatoes with ¼ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt.
- Create the fillings by adding the diced chicken, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, mineral salt, diced onion, and Rotel Tomatoes together. Combine with the purple mashed potato mixture.
- Scoop the filling into each prepared sliced potato.
- Bake again at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
You may have left over filling. I have found that this is excellent in a low-carb wrap!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g
Online nutritional calculators are only estimates. Please use your best judgement.