Roasted Root Vegetables

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Root vegetables (with the exception of potatoes and carrots) are some of the most overlooked and under-appreciated foodstuffs around. But these nutritional storehouses are hidden treasures worthy of your notice. Not only are they available in winter when other vegetables are hard to find, they are also very inexpensive. Experiment with turnips, rutabagas, beets and parsnips, and learn what they have to offer in taste and versatility. Rutabaga (also known as beet root) is an accidental vegetable – the result of a chance hybridization of turnips and cabbage. Like carrots, they’re low in sodium and high in vitamin C.

The flavor of all root vegetables will be enhanced by selecting fresh, firm produce (preferably organically grown) and storing it carefully. Turnips and potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place out of the refrigerator. The rest of these roots will keep well in the refrigerator for at least a week.

This is my husbands favorite root dish – easy, simple and really delicious:

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

2 parsnips

2 carrots

2 turnips

1 large rutabaga

1 butter squash

olive oil

salt and pepper

optional: garlic cut in small pieces

herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage or parsley (fresh if possible)

Directions:

1.       Preheat oven to 180 – 200 degrees.

2.       Wash (peel if necessary)  and chop all vegetables into large bite-sized pieces.

3.       Place in a large baking dish.

4.       Drizzle with olive oil; mix well to coat each vegetable lightly with oil.

5.       Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs (optional: add some garlic)

6.       Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking.

Note: Any combination of vegetables will work. Roasting only one kind of vegetable also makes a nice side dish.

Enjoy !

Petra

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