I really enjoy eating seasonally and locally whenever possible. When the weather changes, we often naturally crave what’s in season. Right now delicious and highly nutritious root vegetables are plentiful in stores and markets. Now that the days are shorter and colder, I most definitely crave comforting, warm vegetables.
The method is very simple. Chop all of the vegetables and herbs and add them to a large baking pan. Toss them to coat with fresh herbs and bake. Simple as that! I really love those “set it and forget it” recipes. These delicious roasted root vegetables can be used in so many ways. Add them to grain bowls, eat them as a side for your lunch or dinner, make a breakfast hash, add them to a salad, and much, much more. You can even get creative and use them as a pizza topping! I love adding fun ingredients like these to pizza.
Feel free to substitute some of these veggies for others. You could also use turnips, parsnips, celeriac root, squash, and more, all of which are also very healthy. Shop local if you can! Nothing beats the flavor of fresh, local, seasonal produce.
Root vegetables are chock full of micronutrients and phytochemicals. The dark pigment in beets are powerful antioxidants that can promote heart health, sustained energy, fresh skin, and more. Sweet potatoes and carrots are packed with carotenoids that are fantastic for eye and skin health. Even organic yellow potatoes have a ton of nutrition, boasting more potassium than bananas!
And never underestimate the power of fresh herbs. Thyme is one of the most underrated herbs out there. It’s actually highly medicinal, has antiseptic properties, and has high levels of vitamin A, iron, calcium, and more.