Can you survive on potatoes?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you survive on potatoes?”, and how to make creamy mashed potato puree?

Can you survive on potatoes?

Yes, you can survive on potatoes but not long. White potatoes provide all the necessary amino acids and proteins you need to ward off the diseases, build proteins, and repairs cells. 

But that’s not all you need for sustenance. You need minerals and vitamins to carry out the important metabolic reactions in your body. However, if you include sweet potatoes along with white potatoes in your diet, your Vitamin C and VItamin E requirements will be taken care of.

But eating 5 or 6 white and sweet potatoes won’t help. You will need to at least consume 34 sweet potatoes or 84 white potatoes a day to prevent a calcium deficiency. 

The bottom line is that you won’t survive very long if you are exclusively relying on potatoes for sustenance. You need to include every food group in your diet to ensure that you do not run into mineral or vitamin deficiencies and stay sane. Exclusive survival on a single food is nothing but a stunt!

How to make creamy mashed potato puree?

Ingredients 

  • 5 lbs. – Russet Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. – salt
  • 4 tbsp. – Salted Butter
  • 2 tbsp. – cream cheese
  • ½ cup – heavy cream

Instructions 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the cream cheese and heavy cream until well-combined. Cut the butter and work it into the cream cheese and heavy cream mixture using a fork. Let this mixture sit for some time on the counter so that the butter softens.
  1. Peel the potatoes and wash them. Then dump them in a bowl full of cold water. Cut the potatoes into quarters and dump them in the cold water. 
  1. Wash the potatoes and transfer them to a large pot. Fill the pot with enough water that the potatoes are completely submerged. Season the water with a tablespoon of salt.
  1. Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil. Reduce the what and close the lid. Let the potatoes simmer on low heat with a slightly ajar lid. Boil the potatoes for about 30 minutes or until a knife can easily be inserted into the potatoes. Strain the potatoes.
  1. Heat the cream cheese, butter, and heavy cream mixture in the microwave for about 30 seconds. 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes and mash them using a fork or potato masher. Stir in the cream cheese, heavy cream, and butter mixture into the mashed potatoes. Beat it on high using a hand mixer. This should take about 4-5 minutes.
  1. Serve and enjoy.

Easy Scalloped Potato White Bean Skillet

Ingredients 

  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-fat plant-based half-and-half (or unsweetened plain milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. ground mustard
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 6 small (about 4.5 ounces each) potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 15-oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup ground cashews
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional garnish)

Instructions 

  1. Grease a cast-iron skillet with some oil and heat it until it sizzles. Then saute the onions and garlic for about 7 minutes or until the onions are translucent. 
  1. Stir in the mushrooms and saute everything for another 2 minutes.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine half and half (or milk of choice), cornstarch, yeast, nutmeg, paprika, ground mustard, salt, and pepper until homogeneous.
  1. Pour the sauce into the sauteed veggie mixture and stir until the sauce thickens. This should take about 2 minutes.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  1. Dump the potatoes into the veggie and sauce mixture. Stir to combine. Then mix in the beans.
  1. Remove the skillet from heat and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  1. Remove the skillet from the oven and take off the foil. Top off with ground cashews and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and tender.
  1. Remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle the scalloped potato white beans with chopped parsley. 
  1. Serve and enjoy.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you survive on potatoes?”, and how to make creamy mashed potato puree?

References

https://www.livescience.com/10163-man-eating-potatoes-2-months.html
https://theconversation.com/can-you-survive-eating-nothing-but-potatoes-54262
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170224-what-food-would-keep-you-alive-the-longest
https://www.foodbeast.com/news/4-foods-you-could-almost-exclusively-live-off-of/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.