Just a quick post today: I present to you a healthified version of the good old potato salad that isn’t drowned in mayonnaise from the one and only….(drumroll please) Jamie Oliverrr! This man just keeps getting better and better.
Serves 4 (as a side)
500g baby cream delight potatoes*
2 rashers bacon
2 tbsps natural (Greek-style) yogurt
½ bunch flat-leaf parsley
½ bunch mint
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
- Boil the baby potatoes in salted water for 12 to 15 minutes, or until soft but still holding their shape. At the same time, fry the bacon in a small pan over a medium heat until golden and crispy on both sides. Put the bacon on some paper towels once cooked.
- Drain the potatoes and let them steam-dry for a few minutes. Pick the leaves off your herbs, then put the yogurt, parsley and mint leaves into a serving bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Grate in the zest of 1 lemon and squeeze in the juice then add a lug of extra virgin olive oil. Squeeze some of the potatoes between your thumb and forefinger until they burst open a little then toss all the potatoes in the dressing. Break over the crispy bacon then serve.
*If you don’t have baby potatoes, don’t stress neither did I, just replace them with the same amount of larger potatoes but boil them for roughly 25 minutes.
You could add a boiled egg or two as a nice addition
When my mum asked me to make a potato salad for dinner the other night to go with our barbecue I happened to stumble upon this recipe from Jamie Oliver so I thought I’d give it a go (that man can do no wrong when it comes to food in our household!). It was also a great way to use up the overabundance of fresh herbs we have growing in our garden (especially mint).
Potatoes get a pretty bad rap but that’s mostly due to their rather well-known creation i.e deep-fried in tonnes of oil: French fries/hot chips. But potatoes don’t have to be this way; there are tonnes of other recipes that involve potatoes that are not deep-fried yet still tasty as ever. Like this one.
This salad is a great source of carbohydrates from the potatoes. But don’t back away now in fear of the word ‘carbohydrate’ because they are actually super healthy and wont make you gain 12 kilos straight away when you eat them, if you choose the right ones that is.
Especially for those of us who are fairly active, carbs are an essential part of your diet and are an athlete’s main source of fuel.
I’m talking about complex carbs, that’s whole grains galore, my friend. Complex carbs provide slow-released, long-lasting energy that helps us push the extra mile (or two). Compare this to refined carbs that have little-to-none nutritional value, are highly processed and provide a quick energy release. I’m talking white bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits and muffins; they’re fine as a treat, don’t get me wrong but eating them on a daily basis or as a meal is probably not the best thing you could do for your body.
P.S. if you would like to see more of what I eat on a daily basis, head on over to my instagram account: @eat.sleep.run.repeatt