• Versatile Roasted Potatoes


    No need to save those sweet potatoes for just Thanksgiving. These spuds are loaded with vitamins A and C and loads of fiber.  This recipe is versatile because you can swap out or add any sort of root vegetable that you prefer, such as carrots or parsnips, as well as your preferred amount of herbs, garlic and onions.  Colorful, tasty, and satisfying, everyone at your table will enjoy this classic side dish.



    • 3 medium-large yams and sweet potatoes of different colors and varieties, peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes (I used 1 sweet potato and 2 yams of different varieties)
    • 1 large red potato, not peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes
    • 1 cup pearl onions (or one onion cut in chunks)
    • 1 head garlic (whole cloves peeled)
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • A few good grinds of black pepper
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh Italian leaf parsley, medium chopped
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Peel sweet potatoes and yams.  Cut into 1 inch cubes or half moons.  They will shrink in the oven, so big chunks are preferred.  Do not peel red potato, but cut into cubes.  Put them all in a big mixing bowl.
    3. For pearl onions: boil in water for 3 minutes, then cut one end, and squeeze out onion from outer peel.  Add to bowl.
    4. Peel all the cloves of garlic from a whole head.  Even if you’re not a garlic fan, roasting garlic mellows and sweetens its flavor.  Add to bowl.
    5. Add all spices, herbs, and oil to bowl, but not the parsley.  Mix well with big spatula or by hand.
    6. Place potato mixture on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan/cookie sheet.  Make sure potatoes can all spread out, allowing them to caramelize on the pan.
    7. Bake for 15 minutes.  Stir.  Bake for another 15 minutes.  Stir.  Potatoes should be cooked, but check for caramelization.  This will happen at different times depending on how thick the potatoes were cut. If they are cooked and soft, but not caramelized (slightly browned on edges), bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
    8. Place in serving bowl.  Sprinkle parsley over top.


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5 Responsesso far.

  1. Shauna says:

    I am thinking of joining one of those groups that offers organic weekly fruit and vegetable pick up or delivery. What is everyone’s thoughts on these programs. My hesitation is that I’m not doing it because of time constraints or convenience, so why not just shop. Would I be better off just doing my own shopping and getting specifically what I want for each week or are these programs really worth it? My husband’s hesitation is that we will do it, waste what we don’t like and end up at the store or farmers market anyway buying things that weren’t in the basket.

  2. Sarah says:

    We actually buy a farm box from Full Circle Farms. I’m very happy with them. In the winter months, they rely more on California farms and from other places, but most of the produce is from Washington. You can swap out what you don’t want for what you will eat and pick up is right near my house! I like supporting local farmers and trying veggies I might have previously overlooked. I can’t grow enough of my own and can’t make it to the Farmer’s Markets like I would prefer, so this is a happy solution for us. I do need to supplement with the grocery store sometimes for recipes I want to make, but the majority of our produce comes from them. Check them out online! : )

  3. jennifer says:

    Sarah, I tried Full Circle 2 years ago. I did it for several months but quit because I kept getting rotten produce. This summer, I’d like to sign up for a CSA again (not sure which one). How has Full Circle been recently?

    • Sarah says:

      I haven’t gotten any rotten produce with them and I’ve found their customer service to be fantastic. Did you let them know about it? I bet you were really disappointed!

      • jennifer says:

        I did let them know and there customer service was always excellent–they refunded a portion of my order without me even requesting them to do so.I’ll have to give them another go this summer. I loved how easy it is to personalize and add onto boxes.

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