Growing up we rarely had french fries. My mum always cooked healthily and there was hardly ever a day when our meals did not include a gigantic mixed salad, so french fries just didn’t make the cut. However, that does not mean we never had potatoes, quite the opposite actually. My grandmother used to grow her own potatoes and where I come from they sort of are considered a staple food.
Today, a lot of people choose not to include potatoes in their diet because of their high carbohydrate content. I never was one to cut out carbohydrates because I believe in eating a balanced and varied diet. I do choose sweet potatoes when they are available because they are more nutritious, however don’t consider potatoes to be unhealthy. In fact, potatoes contain vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals and fiber. The reasons why potatoes are considered to make people fat is simply because they are often eaten as chips or french fries and are loaded with fat.
When we have potatoes at home we like to roast them. The preparation time is next to nothing and they are so much more flavourful than fat-dripping french fries.
Oven-Roasted Herb and Spice Potatoes
Depending on how many portions you make you will need:
- Uncooked potatoes, washed
- Olive oil
- Any other seasoning you like
- Preheat your oven to around 150°C
- Cut the potatoes into even slices. It’s really important that the slices are all about the same size, so that they are done after the same amount of time
- Drizzle some olive oil into a oven-proof dish. You really don’t need a lot, just enough so that the potatoes don’t stick to the bottom
- Place the potato slices into the dish and flavor them to your liking. I use a little salt, pepper, chilli powder and mixed herbs
- Drizzle a little olive oil on top of the potatoes
- Put the dish into the oven and wait for about 35 minutes. I like turning the heat up a little towards the end so that the potato slices get crispier, but that’s just personal preference.