Roasted Potatoes

If you are planning a weeknight meal that includes potatoes, then roasting them on your prep-day will be a lifesaver.

A word of caution when eating potatoes though.  They are high in sugar so following these three rules of thumb when planning your meals, will greatly help your waistline.

First, stick with sweet potatoes, or a mixture of red or gold with sweet potatoes.  Sweet potatoes pack more nutrition and provide more benefit to your body than white potatoes.

Second, potatoes will provide a lot of energy, mostly due to the sugar content once digested, so eating them early on in the day will ensure you burn off the sugars and maintain your fat-burning mode as usual.

Lastly, get a little creative with them.  Instead of having them on the side, add meat and other vegetables on top of them to make it a complete meal.  See the ‘Serve with’ section below for more ideas.

I know what you’re thinking…”I can have French fries again!”  You most certainly can, but I would suggest baking them instead of frying them in a vat of oil.  Just sayin…you’re waistline will thank you later.  Plus, if you roast them long enough, they come out just as crispy without all that oil.

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 6 small red potatoes
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. While the oven is heating, cut the potatoes into small pieces.
  3. Add cut potatoes, avocado oil, chili pepper, salt, and pepper into a gallon zip-lock bag and secure it closed.
  4. Shake the bag until the potatoes are evenly coated with the oil and spices.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the potatoes out evenly.
  6. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through and slightly crispy.
  7. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator for the week.

Variations:

Replace the chili powder with any one of these spices for a different flavor:

  • 1 tsp herbs de provence
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp onion powder

Serve with:

Check out some fun ways to incorporate potatoes into a fully-rounded meal.

Meatloaf served with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli
Crock Pot Roast served with Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Sautéed Green Beans

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