I learned so many things during my ten years working at Fitness Magazine. I was always on top of the “it” workouts, newest beauty trends, hottest healthy foods, or the cool way to wear your hair when you leave the gym. Think about how many meetings I’ve sit through that discus these various topics for ten whole years…a lot. But I loved it…I really did. One thing I learned that has strangely stuck with me is the many ways you can use a waffle iron. For real, they aren’t just for waffles. Something about that concept has always fascinated me.
When my in-laws bought me a waffle maker for the holidays last year, I knew it was time for me to experiment. It was Hanukkah, and latke’s, or potato pancakes, are the traditional food to eat. Potato latkes are tasty, but not always the healthiest. They have lots of fillers to help bind it together, like matzo meal, which is just processed wheat, and then they are pan fried in lots of oil. I came up with the idea of making potato waffles, ones that include nothing but potatoes. They came out amazing…They taste like a big hash brown waffle that is super crispy and delicious.
I shredded organic Yukon gold potatoes, skin and all, in my food processor. Then I took a heaping cup full and squeezed out some of the excess liquid. You can do this easily by placing the cups worth of potato shreds into a double layer of paper towels and kind of bunch it into a ball and squeeze out the liquid. It’s messy, but gets the job done. I added a pinch of sea salt to the potatoes and wiped down the waffle maker with some coconut oil. I put it on medium to high heat, waited for the iron to heat up, placed the mound of potatoes spread evenly, then pressed down, hard. I cooked for 10-12 minutes, or until it gets nice and golden, pressing down hard every few minutes.
The health benefits of potatoes are far underrated. If you have trouble with nightshade vegetables, definitely avoid them. If not, they are a good food choice. Usually people eat potatoes either fried or loaded with butter or sour cream making them a very poor food choice. A plain potato is very readily available, and has lots of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. They are very easy to digest, are high in vitamin c, potassium, and vitamin b6 making them very good for inflammation, brain function, energy, and can actually help lower your blood pressure. Just make sure to eat the skin, since that’s where most of the nutrients live.
I decided to make my potato waffles into a delicious healthy, and very protein packed meal. To keep up with my Jewish roots, I added lox, or smoked salmon. When buying smoked salmon, I always make sure to buy some that come from wild salmon, instead of farmed raised (way more on this topic coming soon). It will say wild on the label. Also make sure to read the ingredients. Many kinds of smoked salmon are filled with sugar and preservatives. It should have very few ingredients, for example, wild salmon, salt and natural hardwood smoke.
I also added a fried egg cooked in some coconut oil and some avocado. This adds tons of nutrients, more protein, and healthy fats to keep you sustained. All of the ingredients pair together so nicely, and are even better with a little sriracha on top. This really is perfect for any meal. Breakfast for dinner anyone?
- For Waffle:
- 1 organic large Yukon gold potato
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- Coconut oil
- 1-2 organic eggs
- ¼ sliced avocado
- 2 slices wild smoked salmon
- sriracha (optional)
- Scrub potato well. Shred potato using a food processor, or can also be done by hand. The potato shreds should be medium thickness.
- Measure a heaping cup. If only using one potato can use the whole thing.
- Squeeze our excess liquid from the potato shreds using paper towels or cheesecloth.
- Wipe down the waffle iron with some coconut oil on a paper towel, or spray if you have unrefined coconut oil spray.
- Heat waffle iron to medium or medium high.
- Place potato evenly on waffle iron and press down hard to bind it together. Cook for 10-12 minutes pressing down every few minutes. When it’s finished it should be golden brown and the edges should be crispy.
- Top with a fried egg or two, some wild smoked salmon, avocado slices and sriracha.