Monday, December 9, 2013

Baked Root Vegetables

It's that time of year where you want your oven on all the time to help heat your house. Even here in Phoenix it's been getting chilly at night. Luckily not as cold as back home in Oregon. It dropped down to -9 degrees...Fahrenheit!! And I thought dropping to 30 degrees was cold. Here's an easy, cheap and healthy dish that will heat up your house in no time! Baked root vegetables straight from my favorite Swede, My!
You can use really any root vegetable you can think of. I gathered up some of mine and Dan's favorites. We used a mix of different potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, shallots and garlic.

You'll want to chop all the vegetables into large chunks. Peel the sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots first. No need to peel if you are using baby carrots. :) Add all the vegetables into a large bowl.

Add onto the vegetables soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper and stir until evenly coated. 

Spread the vegetables out onto a foil lined or lightly greased baking dish. Pop in the oven for 50 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I also added chicken to my dish. You want to add it to the vegetables during the last 20-30 minutes of cook time. If you bake the chicken the entire 50 minutes, it will come out dry.

Your vegetables will come out perfectly roasted and lightly sweet. There will be enough to serve about 4-6 people, or 2 people and then leftovers like I did. These are great reheated.

You can eat these on their own or dip into tzatziki sauce. 

During the winter whenever I bake, I always leave the door of the oven open after I'm done. Why waste all that precious heat? Hope you enjoy this hearty dish! Stay tuned for some holiday cookies in the next few weeks!

Baked Root Vegetables
5 medium potatoes
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 medium parsnips
2 medium carrots (or handful of baby carrots)
6 cloves of garlic quartered
2 shallots
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons honey
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop all vegetables into large pieces. Place all vegetable in a large bowl. Add soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper and mix until vegetables are evenly coated. Spread onto a foil lined or lightly greased baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes.

Serve with Tzatziki Sauce. You can buy this or make it by mixing together plain Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon juice, grated garlic and salt.

You can also add chicken to this dish. Simply cut 2 chicken breasts into large chunks and coat in soy sauce and honey mixture. Add to the baking dish during the last 20-30 minutes. If you cook them the entire 50 minutes, they'll come out dry.

You can add whatever root vegetables you'd like...
-Sweet potatoes

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