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Snack Profile: Roasted Root Vegetables

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One aspect of learning to truly love the food I eat has been in the discovery of the new and unknown. Over the past couple of months I've been buying and testing a variety of fruits and vegetables that I've never had or prepared before to add to my menu. The fall and winter seasons in particular feature many new adventures such as rutabaga, persimmons, sweet potato and more.



While searching for recipe ideas to try out, I jumped on the opportunity to make a batch of Chef Meg's Roasted Root Vegetables using seasonal root vegetables ( recipes.sparkpeople.com/
recipe-detail.asp?recipe=7
83233
).

In this recipe, I enjoyed working with turnip and parsnips for the first time. Mixed with the sweet potatoes, onion, carrots and rutabaga I added to the recipe, these root vegetables are a delicious concentration of the autumn season in a bowl. The parsnips in particular smelled and tasted of fall and a brisk day outdoors. I enjoyed them so much I'll be looking for any occasion to add them to my menu, like in soups and casseroles.

ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES
-1 large sweet potato
-1 rutabaga
-1 turnip
-2 carrots
-2 parsnips
-2 small onions
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 dash black pepper
-1/2 tsp thyme

Peel and dice vegetables, toss together and roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Toss and continue roasting another 20 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings.

1 Serving: 82 Calories, 1.9 Fat, 15 Carbs (3g Dietary Fiber) and 1g Protein.

I'll definitely be trying out this recipe again, but with the FoodBlogga's version using pomegranate molasses! foodblogga.blogspot.com/
2010/11/thanksgiving-side-
dish-recipe-roasted.html
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BOOKWORM27S 11/28/2010 12:29AM

    This looks really good!
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COMPUCATHY 11/24/2010 9:26PM

    Very cool...I think it's great that you are trying out new fruits and vegetables...something for me to aspire to, also. There ARE so many I have NEVER tried. Life is short...we should check it all out, while we are here! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 11/24/2010 1:54PM

    I emoticon roasted vegetables too!!!!!

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OLICHKA-FOR-GOD 11/23/2010 8:01PM

    looks delicious, sounds healthy! emoticon I too, am trying out new foods to add to my diet lately... and I'm loving the persimmons! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/23/2010 4:30PM

    I'm planning on that for Thanksgiving.... all I need to do is figure out how to juggle the timing with everything else that needs to go in the oven...

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GLL3335 11/23/2010 3:54PM

    Yummy :)

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