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Garlic & Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes

August 13, 2017

Not just your average potatoes, Garlic & Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes come with extra health benefits too. You might have sussed by now that my recipes are really designed to add more bang for your buck when it comes to nutrient value and this combination of rosemary and garlic is a winner.

‘Garlic has so many health benefits, including its use as a prebiotic ingredient.

There is always a lot of question around whether you should be eating white potatoes or if sweet potatoes are better and in my opinion, they both have their merits! Both offer nutritional value and obviously the ‘french fries’ version isn’t going to win any health awards, but the un-fried version of the white potato has got a lot to offer.

Key Nutrients

Garlic – If ‘superfoods’ really existed, garlic would definitely be one of mine. Garlic has so many health benefits, you should have a really good reason not to incorporate it into your diet. Some of its amazing benefits are its anti-viral and antimicrobial actions as well as use in cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that garlic use can be effective at lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and preventing atherosclerosis. Garlic also classifies as a prebiotic food. I mean is there anything garlic isn’t good for??!!

Rosemary – Historically used as a memory enhancer (I should be covering my house in this stuff!!), rosemary used in animal studies has shown positive neuro-protective effects. Rosemary also throws in a good mix of vitamins and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin A (bearing in mind they are in low amounts due to the amount of rosemary you will eat, but every little helps I say).

Potatoes – Keeping the skin on gives you more fibre and adds more nutrient content to the staple potato. Potatoes are a huge source of potassium and also throw some calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and niacin (B3) into the mix. A lesser known fact about potatoes is that they contain antioxidants due to their levels of phenolic compounds!

Potatoes that are not only tasty, but come amazing everyday health boosting ingredients!

Print Recipe
Garlic & Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Start by finely chopping the rosemary (removing stem) and grate the garlic gloves. Place the rosemary and garlic into a bowl and add the olive oil and place to one side.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to approx 200 degrees.
  3. Wash potatoes and keep the skin on. Make incisions using a sharp knife cutting 3/4 of the way through the potato.
  4. Place the potatoes on a baking tray and using a spoon spread the mixture over the potatoes.
  5. Bake potatoes for around 40 minutes until crispy.
  6. Enjoy x.
Recipe Notes

Essential Equipment

Oven baking tray

Tips

Nothing fancy for this one.

Find your Ingredients

Potatoes, rosemary and garlic - fresh fruit and vegetable aisle

 

I usually make a big batch of these to last me a few days as they re-heat really well. They are perfect for lunch or dinner and go really well with chilli, salad bowls and they also taste pretty good with some hummus. Have you tried hasselbacks before? Whats your favourite combo?

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/
http://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Fulltext/2016/03000/Rosemary__An_Overview_of_Potential_Health_Benefits.9.aspx
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4926369/

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