Monday, January 12, 2009

FLog #4: Cooking for an army

It's amazing how much food we can go through in a day when the kids are here.  Mike brought home a 5 lb. bag of russets today and we used them all.  There are 2 lunch-sized portions of dinner left over, but that still seems like a heck of a lot of potatoes for 4 people, right?

Wait.  Let's back up.
I should do this in chronological order.
Here's my day in food:

1 slice (a big fat slice) of whole wheat homemade bread with peanut butter
16 oz. water

[1 hour yoga]

1 clementine
16 oz water

1 cup of raw cabbage, carrot, and celery with my yogurt/veganaise ranch dressing
1 cup pinto beans
1 leftover cornmeal pancake

1 oz. Taza Chocolate Mexicano, vanilla variety
16 oz. water

2 Yves sausage patties (I ate these while cooking dinner because I was SO HUNGRY!)

a big ol' mess of roasted potatoes topped with broccoli and nutritional yeast cheeze sauce
1/2 cup pinto beans

Anytime I make roasted potatoes I think of this commercial where this totally clueless looking woman is shocked to find out that she can open a bag, dump the contents on a pan, and have roasted potatoes in half an hour.  Amazing!  

Even more amazing?  This works with actual potatoes, too!  Sure, you have the terrible inconvenience of washing them, cutting them into chunks, and drizzling with olive oil, salt & garlic powder... But the rest of the steps are the same.  450 F for about a half an hour.  And then your roasted potatoes aren't filled with:

Potatoes, Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Cottonseed, Soybean and/Or Canola), Modified Food Starch, Contains 2% Or Less of: Rice Flour, Salt, Tapioca Dextrin, Yellow Corn Flour, Spice, Black Pepper, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Garlic Powder, Cornstarch, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Xanthan Gum, Annatto (Vegetable Color).

Yep, that's right.  You don't actually need to add any modified food starch or disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate to make roasted potatoes!  Someone should tell Ore-ida!


Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

hahaha, I love the Ore Ida ingredients list!

Anonymous said...

YummY! I LOVE potatoes and those look terrific!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Hahaha, that commercial sounds like fun... Amazing to learn how to make roasted potatoes, isn't it?

allularpunk said...

ha! this reminds me of the commercial where the exasperated lady is trying to peel like 8 (oh my goodness 8! wow!) potatoes for mashed potatoes and gets all sweaty and frustrated. and then they're all like, hey here's this bag of already peeled and cubed potatoes for you to microwave and then add stuff to... i bet nobody told that lady she still had to mash them afterwards. bet she was pissed.