Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"A great chef is a great cook who can also organize and operate a business or kitchen."
-Mario Batali, Great Chef

The refrigerator light goes on...

A lot of Middle Eastern style dishes are served with lentils, rice, or couscous but these make a great choice. Super simple, they take all the time of washing and cutting up the potatoes. They're also great with Spanish dishes or topped with Romesco Sauce sort of like Patatas Bravas.


The black peppercorn is a spice used in virtually every cuisine in the world. The simple little berry begins on a climbing vine indigenous to Indonesia and India. White and green peppercorns are now common in markets and their color is determined by the stage of ripeness when the berries are picked.

Black peppercorns are picked just before the berry is ripe and shrivel during drying, turning dark brown or black. Drying intensifies their flavor as well as the spiciness of the berry.

Peppercorns begin to lose their flavor the minute they are ground so I feel that a peppermill is essential kitchen equipment. Because recipes call for a measured amount of pepper you have two choices. The first is to guess. The other is to take a few minutes and grind pepper onto a sheet of paper counting the number of turns on your peppermill. Then measure the amount of pepper. My peppermill, for instance, grinds about 1/8 teaspoon for 10 turns of the mill.


Middle Eastern Spiced Potatoes - Low Sodium Version

Servings = 2 | Serving size =6 ounces potatoes

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes OK leftovers.

spray oil
12 ounces yukon gold potatoes or red potatoes (cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place a large skillet in the oven and preheat to 375F.

When the oven is hot spray the pan lightly with oil. Add the potatoes and shake.

Spray the potatoes with oil and shake the pan. Add the turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper and pepper.

Toss to coat the potatoes well.

Roast in the oven for about 25 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 6 ounces potatoes

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 127 Calories from Fat 6
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 1g 1%
    Saturated Fat 0g 10%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 4% Iron 15%
Vitamin K 5 mcg Potassium 814 mg
Magnesium 45 mg