Roasted Sweet Potatoes on the BBQ


  • 8 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” chunks
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tsp coarse or kosher salt

    Preheat barbecue on MEDIUM, to a temperature of about 400F.

    In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potato chunks with olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt. Place on the cooking grids or a baking sheet, grill until tender and starting to brown, approx. 20-30 minutes, turning the potatoes frequently.

    Transfer to a platter and serve, garnished with sprigs of thyme and rosemary.

    (Source: Barbecue Genius Handbook)

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Why is olive oil so good and yet so healthy at the same time?

We're used to having to choose between the two. For example, when we're presented with food that tastes like cardboard but we're told is full of organic, unsweetened fiber. ;-)

Well, olive oil is mostly composed of mono unsaturated fatty acids. These acids can help lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. They can also help normalize blood clotting and be beneficial to blood sugar control (re: diabetes). Olive oil is rich as well in antioxidants and in vitamin E, which are believed to play a role in cancer prevention.

So, enjoy olive oil in its many uses, mainly culinary ... and remember that the secret is to add olive oil to other quality ingredients (e.g. tomatoes, feta, arugula, bocconcini, etc) to end up with absolutely delicious and healthy food!