November 11, 2015

Roasted (Root) Vegetables

IMG_1208I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for an easy recipe. Especially around Thanksgiving when you’re trying to get as much food as possible on the table. So here’s something I really like to make because it’s simple, tastes great, and holds well. Really you can make roasted (root) vegetables any time of year but I think it tastes best in the fall with all of the markets fresh root vegetables and squash/ pumpkins. So let’s start with simple. All you have to do is chop your vegetables of choice, throw them all in a bowl, add olive oil, spices/herbs, salt and pepper, and then bake
The reason behind the great flavor is due to the variety of vegetables you use- so use as many as you can! I chose radishes, turnips, beets, potatoes, onions, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and peppers. You may not be used to roasting radishes but let me assure you they change once they have been cooked. Say goodbye to the strong bite of the radish (that is if you don’t like it)! IMG_1210As you chop try to chop all the different vegetables to about the same thickness (except for beets which are good to keep thinner). I stick to 1/2 inch and that seems to work pretty well. Once you have everything chopped and in the bowl go ahead and add the olive oil, salt, pepper, and herbs. Recipe below. Alright, now you are ready to bake! Spread the vegetables in an even layer on as many cookie sheets as you need. Then take a second and admire the colors! If you have it, one sheet of parchment paper under the vegetables helps with clean up. Recipes vary but I tend to cook them at 400 F for 30-45 minutes. IMG_1213Don’t forget to check on them and toss them at least once while they are baking. And then they are ready to be served! Enjoy as a side or add a farm fresh IMG_1222fried egg on top and VOILA! you’ve got a meal.
If you can’t finish them all at once pack them up in your a  container and heat them up later for another meal. 

For something a little new use this recipe from SimplyRecipes. They add in apple cider vinegar for a tangy glaze. But there are lots of variations of this simple recipe out there so take a look around and try your favorite. The best part about this recipe? You can get ALL the ingredients at the market!

Enjoy!

 

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