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When a friend of mine was cramming for her Bar exams, she would eat a potato every night. She would go on and on about how that potato calmed her nerves and helped her shut off her worried mind. As I am always spewing out “facts” trying to justify my coffee habit, I was not about to deny her justification for her potato-a-day habit.
Then I came across a book called “Potatoes not Prozac”, by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons. Now, this book was released back in 2008, so you probably already know about it. But, I have this annoying habit of jumping onto bandwagons a little too late (7 years to be exact in this case) but better late than never -right? In this book, Dr. DesMaisons talks about how potatoes can cause an insulin response that “effects the movement of the amino acid tryptophan from your blood into your brain”. DesMaisons further goes onto say that our bodies use tryptophan to make serotonin, which is responsible for that mellow and happy feeling we get – like after a turkey dinner!
Now, I am not a nutritionist or dietitian and have no scientific explanation for this, but, I do have practical proof! At times when I am super stressed, I’ve been turning to potatoes – with a side of eggs. Even though Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons specifies that protein can block potatoes’ nutritional powers, I have grown to treat potatoes and eggs as my comfort food.
This past Saturday, my daughter wanted to have some tater tots with eggs and bacon for breakfast. As tater tot’s don’t hang out in our refrigerator often, and as I wanted to put something a bit healthier in her belly, I suggested homemade potato skins. And, we ended up with these Bacon And Egg Potato Skins!
I used Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs for these skins as I wasn’t planning on cooking them all the way through and besides – who doesn’t love a little drippy yolk action in the morning?
Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs “are pasteurized in an all-natural warm water bath, so they taste great and are safe”. With Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs, you, too, can enjoy your favorite raw or gently cooked recipes without the risk of Salmonella.
Bacon And Egg Potato Skins
- 4 Davidson's Safest Choice Eggs
- 2 potatoes
- 2 pieces bacon
- 4 small rectangular slivers of cheese to fit into the potatoes
- Salt & Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Parsley or cilantro to garnish
- Optional toppings: chili flakes salsa, avocado
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Microwave the 2 potatoes till cooked and cut them in half
Scoop out the insides of the potatoes - making little "potato boats" in the process
Add a sliver of cheese in each potato half and place potatoes on a baking tray (I used bunched up foil to make sure they were upright before the next step)
Brush potatoes with olive oil
Break an egg into each potato half and bake for 18-20 minutes
Cook strips of bacon and drain well on paper towels
Take the eggs out of the oven - making sure the whites are set
I sprinkled the potato skins with bacon and salt and pepper and parsley and chili flakes, but avocados and salsa would make some super tasty toppings too.