Tasty Tuesday: A Way to Sneak in the Goodness

I know potatoes get a bad rap. Too many carbs. Too much starch. And let's face it, Americans are not known for our healthy eating of potatoes. Go to any restaurant and they will offer you mashed potatoes covered in gravy, baked potatoes loaded with sour cream, butter, cheese, and bacon, or sweet potatoes served with butter and brown sugar.

Sometimes I wonder if the potato is a bad vegetable or if we are just bad eaters!

Well, my family loves potatoes and we eat them about 3 times a week as a side dish. But not all potatoes are created equal. In fact, the sweet potato is supposed to be one of the most complete foods on the planet when it comes to vitamins and minerals contained in one nice little package. But most Americans exposure to the sweet potato involves baked ones like I mentioned above, a Thanksgiving dish involving marshamllows, or pie.

If nothing else, I hope the recipe I'm about to share brings the goodness of potatoes back to your table, especially the sweet potato.

Here is what you need to make Roasted Potato Medley:

2 sweet potatoes
4 Yukon gold potatoes
8 new potatoes
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried tarragon (I have usually use 2 tsp. dried rosemary because I like it better.)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Immediately you'll notice that there is no butter, cream, or milk in this recipe and very little salt. Good, healthy eating at its best!

First, peel and cube the sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes. Scrub the new potatoes and cut into cubes.

Next, place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough lightly salted water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes for 3 minutes.

Drain thoroughly. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a large nonstick baking sheet. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with tarragon (or rosemary), salt, and pepper.

Roast the potatoes until browned and crisp, about 25 minutes.

Such an easy way to make potatoes healthy and delicious. This is the only way my kids will eat sweet potatoes. They like it better than with all of the unhealthy stuff on it!

Also, the recipe that I have shared is the full recipe. It will feed a large amount of people (6-8). I cut this in half for our family using only 1 sweet potato and 2 red potatoes, but kept the gold potatoes the same. You can also play with potato combinations and keep both sweet potatoes, but use only 1 gold and 2 red potatoes. Just do what your family likes.

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  1. Mmm! Sounds delicious with the different kinds of potatoes. I make a similar recipe that uses rosemary and thyme.

  2. I use rosemary on mine usually instead of the tarragon. I always tell my kids to try and have a "rainbow" on their plate. This dish lets them get two "rainbow" colors at one time :)