potatoes are one of my favorite types of vegetables, that comes in a variety of different ways: french fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, for example. for a little history on the potatoes: the Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C. later, the spanish conquistadors conquered Peru, discovered the flavors of the potato, and carried them to Europe. it took nearly four decades for the potato to spread to the rest of Europe. potatoes arrived in the colonies in 1621. the first potato patches were established in 1719, near New Hampshire, by Scotch-Irish immigrants. from there, the crop spread across the country. if you are more interested in finding more about the history of the potato, click here! Potatoes Goodness Unearthed is a website all about potatoes, including history, recipes, news, and nutrition facts about them. it’s more credible than wikipedia!
i found the cute little picture above on Google as i was searching for a good little picture for my introduction, and the thought came across me: why not glue on wiggly eyes (or insert tacts and draw eyes on…i suppose it could be potentially harmful but then you wouldn’t have to deal with the glue!) and have your kids play with them? maybe then they will be more succummed to the fact that vegetables are tasty and good for them! i have found some recipes (you guessed it, based off of Pinterest) that might get your mouth watering if you are hungry, but check these out!
the first one, loaded potato casserole, as mentioned in the blog, it is a fantastic side dish or really could be eaten for breakfast as well. It’s loaded with potato slices, cheese, bacon pieces and an awesome custard (eggs and milk). the second recipe, potato soup, is a simple, base-line, delicious soup, and as the author notes, even though it is super good with bacon and heavy cream, those items are definitely optional if your aiming for healthiness! finally the sausage potato spinach soup, is one that i have personally made and strongly recommend, because it was so delicious! BUT! it is really salty, so if you want a night where your fingers aren’t puffy because of all of the salt you ate, or you drink too much water and you might have to tinkle in the middle of the night, i wouldn’t go with this…but maybe take it to a potluck!