Potatoes get a bad name because usually they’re eaten in the form of fries, tater tots and chips. But take away the fat and salt and you’ve got a wholesome healthy food. As long as they’re unprocessed and don’t have anything bad added, potatoes can, and should, be a regular part of your diet.
While they’re not as packed full of nutrients as foods like leafy greens and berries, they’re satisfying. Potatoes have a high starch content, which makes them the best veggie to consume for satiety (that full feeling). Leafy greens – though awesome – won’t give you long-term energy, potatoes will. Bonus – they’re delicious and so very cheap!
The most nutritious potatoes out there are those with the most color – sweet potatoes, red potatoes, blue potatoes, purple potatoes. Look for color! Be sure to scrub them well and leave the skin on – this is where a lot of the good stuff is!
These roasted potatoes make a great side to black bean patties or any other dish that doesn’t quite fill you up. They’re also an easy side for special occasions. Throw some rosemary sprigs on the serving tray and you’ve got a fancy, crowd-pleasing dish!
Rosemary Red Potatoes
- 2 lbs red potatoes, washed and quartered
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 T fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
- ground black pepper, to taste
- salt, to taste (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place potatoes in a large bowl and toss with water. Add minced garlic and chopped rosemary and toss.
- Spread potatoes onto a foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle with black pepper and salt.
- Roast in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until soft, stirring halfway through.