But today's recipe is a little different because it focuses on FILLING the potato with delicious yumminess that is both nutritious and delectable. In fact, today's recipe includes a full serving of:
- carbohydrates; and
- healthy fatty acids.
What more could you want from a humble potato recipe?!
So what's all the hype about hemp?! Well, come to find out it actually has a plethora of health benefits. For instance (source for bullet points below):
- Hemp is a high protein seed that contains all nine of the essential amino acids.
- It has a balanced ratio of omega three and six fats.
- The protein content of the hemp seed is supposed to be very digestible (i.e. it does not cause bloating or gas).
- Hemp seed doesn't contain phytic acid (the anti-nutrient that prevents us from absorbing minerals).
To try out the little seed for myself, I recently bought a small jar's worth from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. At first I wasn't quite sure how to use it; but once my wheels starting turning for this potato cream filling, I knew that hemp seeds would be the perfect, nutritional addition.
And man oh man was I right!
Baked Potato with Zucchini, Tahini, and Hemp Seed Cream
2 medium baked potatoes (or sweet potatoes)
salt, to season the potato skin
Smart Balance, for garnish
2 medium zucchini, cut into half-moons
2T hemp seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
DON'T BE SCARED BY THE LENGTHY DIRECTIONS!
I just wanted to be as clear as possible for you.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Poke several holes in your potatoes, lightly rub them with salt, wrap them in aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes (or until tender...every oven is different).
- Meanwhile, place the zucchini half-moons on an oiled baking sheet, and roast for 20 minutes.
- Remove the zucchini and place them immediately in your food processor.
- Add the tahini, hemp seeds, salt, and pepper to the food processor.
- Process on low for 30 seconds.
- Stop, and scrap down the sides.
- Process on low once again, but this time add the ~4T water while the processor is running.
- Process until smooth and creamy.
- Once the potatoes are finished baking, remove them from the oven.
- Spread a thin layer of butter (or in my case, Smart Balance) onto the potato.
- Finish by dolloping half of the Zucchini, Tahini, and Hemp Seed Cream onto each potato.
- Serve warm, alongside your protein of choice!
With the addition of the hemp seeds for protein and fatty acids, I ended up eating this potato and cream-filling all on its own for dinner. Truth be told, I was simply too full to eat anything else; and miraculously, it kept me full for over SIX HOURS!
Playing with my camera's focus...
Sorry, I know today's post is a bit of overkill in the picture department, but I felt like I captured several good ones and I didn't want to waste them...hehehe. :) This one (below) is one of my favorites! I only wish that I would have been able to capture more of the color in the photos. Contrary to what these pictures might make you think, the Zucchini, Tahini, and Hemp Seed Cream is actually a light green color (i.e. not cream/beige)!
Question of the Day:
What do you like to put on your baked potato?! Are you a simple butter, salt, and pepper kind of person?! How about cheese, salsa, and scallions? Or maybe you put something totally unique on your baked potato?
Whatever it is, tell me all about it in the "Comment" section below!
Ally and Bo