Johanne's Journal, 21 August 2012

It's Tuesday and it's HOT!

The days are so beautiful, but I'd give that up for two or three weeks of good, steady rain . . . NOT downpours.

I'm copying the recipe from Web MD as requested. It's SO GOOD!!!

Sicilian Roasted Potatoes
by The Gluten Free Goddess
WebMD Recipe from

Here's an easy side dish recipe you can bake or grill in foil packets. It's an intuitive toss-together combo of potatoes, onion, garlic, tomatoes, olives and raisins--- with some hot pepper flakes thrown in to kick it up Sicilian style. I don't even know where the inspiration came from.

I used baby Yukon golds in this recipe but I imagine all kinds of potatoes would work- red, white, blue, sweet. Sweet potatoes may cook a little faster, however, so if you choose sweet potatoes, check for doneness earlier.


2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes, washed, quartered or cut up
1 smallish onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup raisins, dark or golden
handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of baby spinach leaves, washed, patted dry
handful of black olives
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup light broth, as needed
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with spicy green chiles
1 teaspoon thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
hot red pepper flakes, to taste


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil the bottom of a single large gratin dish or four individual baking dishes.
Dump the potatoes into a bowl. Add in the onion, garlic, bell pepper, raisins, fresh tomatoes, spinach leaves and black olives. Mix. Add in the olive oil, half a cup of broth, and diced tomatoes with juice. Stir to mix. Add the thyme and rosemary; season with sea salt and pepper. Add a shake of hot red pepper flakes, to taste. Stir to coat all the potatoes. If you need a splash more broth to make everything happy and moist, add it in.
Spoon the potato mixture into the oiled baking dish or dishes. Roast in the center of a preheated oven until the potatoes are slightly browned and fork tender- roughly 35 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of the potato pieces.

I'm not wacky about cooked bell pepper (I like it raw), so I left that and the raisins out. For some reason, raisins just didn't sound good to me. Maybe I'll try them next time

If you want to bookmark the article, I've included the url below. Roasted Sicilian Potatoes

Love to all my buddies. I am reading your journals. It's just hard to answer on my iPad and it's too hot to stay in here (my office . . . with a keyboard!). Hugs!!!

I'm grateful for:

Waking up!
Not having to share a house, thanks to my wonderful children.
My critters, who give me daily love and company.
Great food that's good FOR me.
My ankle is almost completely healed. I can cover it with a bandaid!
My knees are MUCH better.
The love of friends and family that keeps me sane. LOL!

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 August 2012:
1324 kcal Fat: 38.84g | Prot: 60.55g | Carb: 177.10g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Scrambled Egg, Sugar in the Raw, Smart Balance, Almond Milk, Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Truvia, Diet Cranberry Juice. Lunch: Smoked Turkey and Cannellini Bean Cassoulet, Uncle Ben's Brown Rice. Dinner: Pictsweet Baby Brocolli Florets, California Blend, Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh. Snacks/Other: Viactiv, Gluten Free Oatmeal, Dole Blueberries, Smart Balance Omega, All Fruit with Fiber - Cherry. more...
2464 kcal Activities & Exercise: Resting - 16 hours, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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I'm hoping for rain for you too. We have had a dry summer as well but nothing like you are going thru. At least we get a good thunderstorm every now and then to get some moisture in the soil.  
21 Aug 12 by member: fatoldlady
thanks for sharing the recipe! it sounds great! i wouldn't include raisins and olives - because i don't like them :) have a wonderful day! 
22 Aug 12 by member: joelae
Oh I am thinking RAIN now... just for you! The recipe sounds divine! I saw the raisins and wondered about that too. I love potatoes ... with just butter and a bit of salt and pepper. Lately I have been eating sweet potatoes and I have to tell you... I don't feel bloated after eating them. (I just use butter and cinnamon... YUMMO!) (((HUGS!!!)) 
27 Aug 12 by member: Mom2Boxers
Hi Sandy. It IS divine! I love sweet potatoes too. I use a little Truvia with Smart Balance Light and cinnamon. I also cut them up and toss them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roast them . . . also great! I just this minute got back from a trip to Nebraska. I had no internet, so I'm checking in on buddies. I'll be more present tomorrow. Hugs back atcha!!!  
27 Aug 12 by member: Johanne
That recipe sounds so yummy but doing Atkins can't do it, I do miss potatoes many different dishes you can make, I love roasted veggies especially bell pepper LOL. You have so much to be grateful for, how wonderful.  
28 Aug 12 by member: Yvonne19


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