Colorful, flavorful, healthy: Root Vegetables

Historically root vegetables were fare for peasants and the poor. It’s surprising that the nobility and elite didn’t hoard all of that delicious beauty for themselves. In general, root vegetables have no fat and are low in calories. They can be an excellent source of protein, and their phytonutrients are proven to have extraordinary health benefits. Besides that, root vegetables are low in fat and calories, inexpensive and usually available throughout the year.

Traditionally, many cooks serve root vegetables doused in butter or swimming in rich cream sauces. Fortunately, these vegetables also taste great when they are prepared more healthfully, for example stir-fried or baked. Simply toss with a touch of olive oil and add a fresh or dried herb of your choice (dill and thyme are favorites). A splash of orange or lemon juice or flavored vinegar adds refreshing notes when vegetable are steamed or micro waved. Another option is to play up their sweetness by roasting with some dried fruit or spooning reduced-sugar orange marmalade or other jam onto the cooked vegetables.

Enjoy your roots!!!

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4 Responses to Colorful, flavorful, healthy: Root Vegetables

  1. Wally says:

    Okay, you got me at the roots – love ’em! This is tomorrow night dinner. Thank you! 😉

  2. kimkiminy says:

    What a beautiful photo! Makes me want to roast some right now…

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