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Okay so these "pancakes" are really more like hash-browns as they have nothing but potato.
Potatoes often associated with the fat rich "potato chip." We tend to attribute the unhealthy effects of chips to the potato. However, potatoes are rich in vitamins in minerals. Potatoes are one of the most nutritionally well rounded foods in the world. In fact, Antone-Augustin Parmentier (1737-1813), french chemist and botanist, with his award winning book "Chemical Examination of the Potato" show how potatoes were "capable of reducing the calamities of famine."
He was later taken prisoner five times by the Prussians during the Seven Years' War and obliged to survive on a diet of solely potatoes, serving dinners at which all courses were made of potatoes. Parmentier was able to survive on this simple root because of its rich nutritional content, further proving the proof of his research.
All that being said let's get you make this potatoy meal!
Cost per person: $0.23
You will need:
1.25 lb. Potatoes, whole
Scrub your potatoes clean. Place in a medium size pot. Fill the pot with water 5 cm (2 in.) above the tops of the potatoes. Don't cut the potatoes! Cubed potatoes will cooked faster but they will also loose a ton of nutrients, so its best to have a little patients.
Boil potatoes over medium high heat for 45-60 minutes (or until fork is easily pierces through the center).
When the potatoes are done being mashing them! If you don't want the skin put them aside for today's dinner menu as a filler in the meatballs.
Heat a frying pan on medium heat. Divide mashed potatoes into 12 equal size balls. Using 1 tsp of shortening oil heated pan. Place potato balls 3 inches apart on your pan and flatten with the bottom of your spatula. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Do not try and flip to soon or they will break apart! However if one does fall apart don't fret just smoosh it back into form and continue cooking.
This is a kind of twice baked yam with baked beans and veggies.
Cost per person: $0.89
Boil over medium high heat for 30 minutes:
3 medium Yams, whole
Remove yams from the pot and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut yams in half (width wise). Now carefully with a small spoon (or ice cream scoop) the inside on the yam. Be careful to leave 1 cm (2/5 in.) of yam clinging to the skin.
Mash the yam which you scooped out. Add water water you need.
Spoon mashed yam back into yam shells. Place halved yams onto a cookie sheet or cake pan. Leave not space between yams so that they can proper each other up in the oven.
Layer yams with:
1 1/2 cups Baked Beans
2 cups Frozen Veggies, thawn
Now pop them in the oven and broil for 10 minutes at 450f. Serve hot!
A varied meal of meatballs, rice balls, chicken balls, and bean balls all topped off with a touch of sauteed vegetables.
Cost per person: $0.60
This recipe is really rather simple all you need is:
100g Chicken, ground/pureed/finely chopped
100g Ground Meat
1 cup Baked Beans, mashed
1 cup Sticky Cooked Rice
Shape chicken into into 1 inch balls. Shape ground meat into 1 inch balls. Etc. Add water if necessary.
Now place balls into a deep dish (such as a cake pan or corning ware). Bake at 350f for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent balls from sticking.
Mean while cook the way you like:
3/4 cup Veggies
Sprinkle the cooked vegetables over each dish of ragtag balls.
I hope you enjoyed today's menu!
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