Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter. You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots like turnips or rutabaga, winter squash or different herbs. I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is for the next meal or as the base for a luscious winter root stew.
Contributed by April Crowell
Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage – – carrots, potato, yam or sweet potato or butternut squash, onions, beets, parsnips, garlic (optional), rosemary, sage, olive oil (start on the low side and add more just to coat–you don’t want oily vegetables), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, Prep your veg!: Preheat oven to 425˚.
Peel all vegetables and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic. Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated. Even vegetables back out on sheet.
; Roast vegetables: Roast vegetables in oven turning vegetables every 15-20 minutes. Add more oil or if they are too dry. Roast for about 45-60minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Energetics: Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element. They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.
Primary season: Fall/Winter
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This recipe from, World Vegetarian Classics, by Celia Brooks Brown, Published 2005 by Pavillion Books, is a bright and flavorful dish good for any time of year.
The recipe suggests boiling the beets to cook them; I prefer to roast them in the oven to bring out their full sweetness. This is easily done by scrubbing the beats and trimming the leaves and roots down to no more than an inch. Place a beet in the center of a piece of aluminum foil, pour a small amount of olive oil over the beet to keep the foil from sticking, wrap and cook in a low oven (250) for 2-3 hours or until a skewer poked into a beet meets little resistance. Allow the beets to cool and slip off the skins and trim the ends for slicing. Roasted beets can be stored in the foil in the fridge for 3 to 4 days before using.
If using raw beet (and not roasting them), bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Scrub the beets and boil until tender, about 30-40 minutes. Drain, cool and slip off the stems, roots, and skins.
Beet and Pineapple Salad – – beet root (cooked), large fresh pineapple (I use canned in water when fresh is not available in my area), small onion (sliced into thin rings (purple onion works well here)), salt, sugar, white wine vinegar, Slice the cooked beet thinly. ; Cut the pineapple into 1 inch thick round slices, then cut the skin away. Cut the tender flesh away from the core and into bite sized pieces.; In a (preferably) ceramic or glass bowl, combine the beets, pineapple […]