Need a fast and easy side dish to go with your main entrée tonight? Then you might seriously want to give this Roasted Potatoes recipe a quick perusal. Couple this side with a healthy baked chicken breast, bean salad, veggie burger, or fish dish, and you’ll be all set. With just a few yummy extra spices and some expert cooking advice, you’ll have all the makings of a well-rounded home-cooked meal on your hands. These roasted potatoes are a healthy alternative to potato chips or French fries, and they only take forty minutes to make, including prep and cooling time. They make four servings in all, and could even be good on their own as a mid-meal snack.
When it comes down to potatoes recipes, they are not all created equal. Baked potatoes are probably the healthiest, with roasted potatoes at a close second, but then there are fried potatoes, deep fried potatoes, and potato chips, most of which are high in fat and cholesterol and should only be eaten occasionally. While there’s a plethora of potato types out there, including red potatoes, white potatoes, Russet potatoes, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, and red gold potatoes, this delicious potato recipe calls for Yukon gold potatoes. While some potatoes are starchy, some waxy, and some sweet, some potatoes fall somewhere in between, and that’s where Yukon gold potatoes come in. Yukon gold is an all-purpose, eye-free potato that has a beautiful gold colour when you slice it open. It can be used for several different snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes. It’s delicious baked, boiled, broiled, roasted, mashed, creamed, fried, and even raw. If you’re curious about the nutrients in potatoes, particularly the nutritional value of Yukon gold potatoes, one medium-sized cooked Yukon gold potato is about 70 calories, contains dietary fiber, iron, is low in sodium, and is very high in vitamin C.
Because of their high vitamin C content, potatoes were literally “worth their weight in gold” while the Klondike gold rush was happening back in the late 1800s. While gold itself was extremely plentiful in Alaska and the Yukon during that time, food was not, and so potatoes were in demand due to their high nutritional content. Goldseekers were so intent on making their fortune at this time, they didn’t always think of their dietary needs and often fell into serious states of malnutrition. Developed in Guelph Ontario, Canada, during the 1960s by G.R. Johnston and Dr. Norman Thompson, Yukon gold potatoes were named for their unique colour as well as Canadian potato heritage dating back to the gold rush days.
This healthy potato recipe for Paprika Roasted Potatoes comes from Vered DeLeeuw over at the “Healthy Recipes” blog. If you enjoyed this side dish, she’s got a lot more in store for you, including healthy recipe ideas for salads, veggies, quinoa, rice, and even sweet potato cakes. Vered has also listed recipes according to specific dietary requirements in her index, so if you’re looking for gluten-free, low-carb, paleo-primal, and vegetarian meals, you can find a wide selection of those here as well.*
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