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Healthy Vegan Potato Gratin

By Friday, November 13, 2015

Potatoes: more than a bit on the side.

Potato gratin is one of those dishes known as ‘naughty but nice’. It's potatoes in a cheesy creamy sauce, delicious but can be seen as an indulgent dish due to the cheesy creamy sauce. This potato gratin is lighter, the sauce is olive oil based so it’s packed full of healthy fats and it also has the advantage of being suitable for those who don’t/can’t eat dairy such as vegans. As a carbohydrate, potatoes can sometimes be seen as bad for you. However, this is often down to the company they keep and how people cook them. There are lots of ways to get all the goodness of potatoes into your balanced diet. Potatoes make people think chips, creamy and buttery mashed potato and baked potatoes laden with butter and cheese, but the truth is that potatoes are so versatile you can make them work in so many styles of dishes, whether it be adding them to a curry, a soup, making a potato hash as part of a savoury breakfast or roasting them in cubes with lots of winter veggies for a nourishing meal.

The thinly sliced potato is crisp and browned on top but also soft inside, delicately flavoured with mixer herbs and garlic. It works wonderfully as part of a roast dinner, as a healthier alternative to the traditional dauphinoise potatoes or just as a yummy addition to a typical weeknight meal to make things more interesting.

Potatoes are such a flexible, simple and nutritious food that can be used in so many ways. They're packed full of fibre and potassium, plus they're naturally free of saturated fats and salt. Best of all they hardy cost anything and are easy to store. For more potato info and potato recipes visit Potatoes: More than a bit on the side for Great Britain or Potatoes: More than a bit on the side for Ireland

Serves 4 people

15 minutes prep, 30-40 minutes cooking time

You will need:

500g white potatoes
75ml (5 tbsps) extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water
2 large cloves of garlic
2 tbsps mixed herbs
Salt and pepper
¼ tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional)

Firstly preheat your oven to 200C, then wash and peel your potatoes. Cut them into even slices that are about ½ cm thick. Lay them flat on the bottom of the tray, stacking the slices on top of each other and keeping the layers as flat and even across the tray as possible.

Place the garlic, olive oil, water, herbs, salt/pepper, mustard and nutritional yeast in a blender/food processor until it makes a smooth paste. Pour this over the potato layers, spreading it over evenly. 

Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when a knife is inserted.

Serve with a side of your choice of veggies and your choice of protein, whether that be something seasonal like a nut roast or simply a veggie burger

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