I really didn’t know what I was doing when I decided to tackle a potato au gratin in a vegan style. I don’t think I’ve ever tried the conventional version of this! I guess I just tried to make something delicious, which looks like the conventional dish and doesn’t necessarily taste like it as I really do not know what the conventional dish tastes like.
In the usual fashion, I will give you some of the health benefits or nutritional information on some of thie ingredients. In this case, potatoes, the main ingredient. A medium-sized potato contains quite a good amount of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin B-6 (pyridoxamine).
Vitamin C, the most popular vitamin, boosts the body’s immunity against diseases, promotes iron absorption increases and protects the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Magnesium and Potassium are the stress minimising minerals. They minimise both stress and anxiety levels by calming the nervous system. Thereby aiding in better sleep and lowering a high blood pressure. Potassium also boosts the rate at which the body burns calories.
Iron promotes the production of haemoglobin and myoglobin which, in turn, aid in both muscle function and brain health by carrying oxygen through to the cells in the body. It also aids in decreasing levels of fatigue and frequency of headaches by preventing and decreasing the severity of iron-deficiency anaemia.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxamine) is a more important vitamin than people realise. Similar to vitamin C, vitamin B-6 creates antibodies which support the immune system thereby protecting the body from harmful bacteria and diseases. It also is excelled at aiding the metabolisation of nutrients in the food consumed. In the same way as iron, vitamin B-6 aids in the transportation of oxygen through the body thereby reducing and preventing anaemia (vitamin-deficient anaemia). This, in turn, reduces PMS and the severity of cramps. Vitamin B-6 also aids in the maintenance and balance of hormones which in turn minimises or prevents emotional disorders. Lastly, vitamin B-6 helps treat skin ailments such as dandruff, acne, dry skin, psoriases, eczema and maintain the health of the skin and scalp.
Here’s the recipe to my scalloped potato au gratin: