As with my last tip on making potatoes more palatable and easy to use by roasting or grilling them, this is something that can be used anytime, not just for a bland potato hack.
Some people are fine doing the potato and only potato thing, in fact at least a couple of folks, because of that prior post, put in 5 days or so potatoes only, not even any seasoning, and seemed to be fine. Others can’t manage it at all and while still others can, they really hate it. I’m in the category where the potatoes (with salt & pepper) are fine when I’m eating them but not palatable enough that I want to eat them again soon when hungry, so I put off eating until crazy hungry and end up WAY under eating.
I’ve found a very low calorie hack for the hack that’s also highly nutritious and for both Beatrice and I, sits in the tummy so good—delivering such satiety and satisfaction, and the first night we had it, crazy restful sleep.
Here’s how you do it. Now, you can use freshly cooked potatoes, but I grill lots at a time and keep them in the fridge. With this method, you don’t even need to heat them.
First, you have to either buy or make bone stock. Chicken beef, or pork will do. I made beef via BIY Bone Broth.
Notice there’s not a lot of fat there (this is after sitting in the fridge all night). You can buy broth on the Internet but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s silly to ship what’s 95% water. And it’s expensive. Here’s a new company local to me that I stumbled into at a Farmers Market a few miles away: BIY Bone Broth. “Brew it yourself,” in other words. Great idea. It’s a 2 pound, 5 oz. frozen package that you just empty into a pot, add a gallon of water, and cook a long time. You have to keep adding water as it evaporates. Right now, BIY is not shipping but you can arrange for pick-up in the San Jose or San Diego areas.
I’m hoping they get shipping and an affiliate program going, as this is something I’d be proud to have on the sidebar; and compared to the prices of already brewed broths, plus expensive shipping due to water weight, this is a bargain. For me, this rendered about 20 ladles, so 120 ounces. At $33, that’s just over $3 per delicious 12-ounce bowl of soup. Buck-fifty for a hot mug of it. And it’s crazy delicious. True food for the soul.
OK, so on to making the potato soup.
In this way, your boiling hot broth is reduced to edible temperature and your potatoes heated just enough. Season to taste, and it’s really, really delicious and satisfying.
And it’s super low calorie, probably less than 100 for the 12 ounces (excluding the potatoes, but that’s the point).
As an alternative, you could use the stocks you can buy at the supermarket. I’ve tried them all, and Kitchen Basics is the tastiest and has a super-clean ingredient list. For added punch, you could reduce it by about 1/3.
OK, so hopefully this will help those who have wanted to try the potato diet hack but just can’t get over the extremely low palatability. But even if not, this is a simple dish (once everything is prepared and in your fridge) you’d be proud to serve to guests.