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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lemon and Garlic Roasted Potatoes


Adam loves it when I make anything involving meat and/or potatoes.  This is kind of funny to me, because I would NEVER describe him as a typical 'meat and potatoes man', but he was brought up on traditional Ashkanazi Jewish cuisine, which is, essentially, a lot of meat and potatoes.  So while I may never get him dancing with joy over beans and grains, he's still pretty easy to please.  Simple roasted potatoes and he's smiling.  These are extra special because of the lemon, garlic and seasoning which makes them irresistable.  Also, they are 100% oil free, which means you can eat them guilt free.  How 'bout them apples???

Potatoes get a bad rap, but the reality is, they are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals and can easily fit into a healthy diet.  It's not usually potatoes that are problematic, but the way they are prepared.  I make potatoes a lot at home, but I never order them in restaurants because they are always fried or prepared with copious amounts of oil and/or butter.  Honestly, all the added fat is so unnecessary, honestly, give these a try and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Lemon and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

2 lb small new potatoes, halved or quartered (depending on their size)
Juice and zest of a lemon
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Costco brand Rustic Tuscan Seasoning (or Mrs. Dash, or regular Italian seasoning, or Herb de Provences, rosemary, dill or whatever fresh herbs you love...really anything will work here)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp konjac flour (or corn or arrowroot starch)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Toss potatoes with other ingredients in a large bowl.  Place in a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350F for about 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and outside is crispy.