(Fake) Cheesy Potato Rounds

(Fake) Cheesy Potato Rounds

Ingredients

  1. Russet Potatoes (see below)
  2. Faux “Cheese” (see below)
  3. Himalayan Salt
  4. Fresh Pepper
  5. Granulated Onion (Opional)

Instructions

Firm, large Russet Potatoes (other varieties will work also, but these tend to work best)

Your favorite “faux” parmesan and/or other varieties I like “Go Veggie!”, “Follow Your Heart” and “Parma” but there are many others out there and you can also make your own following Miyoko Schinner’s recipe (“The Homemade Vegan Pantry)

Himalayan Salt and fresh pepper

Granulated Onion (optional, but will give it more of a “browning”)

Wash, Pat dry and Thinly slice the potatoes and lay the rounds on a parchment lined cookie sheet. First use salt and pepper, then the faux cheese and finish with granulated onion.

Bake at 450 degrees and then broil to finish. Because much depends on the heat of your oven and the thinness of the slices, you will need to determine the cooking time.

Benefits

I made this recipe one Sunday morning when I was scrambling for something to serve people coming over for a presentation. I had some fruit, smoothies and mimosas but needed something hot to pull it all together. Luckily, I almost always have potatoes around and they were a huge hit!

In addition to being affordable and easy to store, potatoes are SO good for us! Many people think that they are bad for us…this is because they load them up with butter, sour cream and cheese OR they fry them. This recipe is a really tasty, “good for you” alternative.

In addition:

Potatoes are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants—compounds that fight free radicals. The ORAC value (a measure of the total antioxidants in 100 grams of a given food) for a medium baked potato with skin is a healthy 1,680. Compare those with the values for carrots, either cooked (317) or raw (666)!

Bananas are famous for their potassium—a mineral that helps control our blood pressure. But while a banana has 9% of our daily needs, a medium baked potato has more than twice as much—20 %!

Maintaining bone health requires a complex mix of nutrients, but studies show that dietary manganese can help prevent bone loss.

Potatoes are good sources of manganese. A medium potato has 22% of our daily requirement. Potatoes are good sources of Vitamin B6: One baked medium potato with skin contains 47% of our daily needs. B6 is essential for more than 100 enzymatic reactions that, among other roles, are critical in creating red blood cells and certain chemicals in our nervous system.

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