The glorious roast vegetable
A quick and healthy snack
Are you a grazer? Do you get home from work and immediately crack open a bag of salty chips, peanuts, or eat a slice of cheese? Consider a better option that’s healthy for your heart (and your cholesterol level). Vegetables are a healthy alternative, but sometimes you just want that sweet or savory flavor. Take a minute to reconsider the humble carrot and parsnip.
The humble carrot is a healthy option
Roast vegetables are super easy to prepare and cook. What could be better than a roast carrot –cooked with a splash of olive oil, sprinkling of sea salt and cracked pepper? Want more flavor? Crush a fresh rosemary sprig on top (or dried rosemary from the spice rack).
For carrots, just slice them down the middle lengthwise, toss with olive oil and spread on a baking tray lined with parchment paper – cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Parsnips are the same – and will end up a bit crunchy – which we love. If you have a sweet tooth, consider substituting the rosemary for a tablespoon of maple syrup. Use your imagination and experiment with opposite flavors – lime and chili, or honey and mustard are great combinations too.
Super easy chips with vitamins!
Looking for a healthier alternative to snacking on pretzels or chips? Try thinly slicing sweet potatoes – leave the skins on. Experiment with your temperature to get the texture you desire – total cooking time 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
- Throw all your sliced veg goodness into a bowl
- Splash a flavorsome infused olive oil
- Sprinkle a bit of Cajun spice
- Turn over with a spoon to coat
- Place them on a baking paper lined cookie sheet.
- Roast for twenty minutes on each rack – top and bottom
- Nom. Nom. Nom.
Busy bee, no problem
If you’re super busy in the morning, why not cut the vegetables up the night before and store them in a plastic container or bag in the refrigerator. When you arrive home from work, take your pre-cut veg out of the fridge and prepare. In less than 40 minutes, you could be sitting down relaxing with a glass of wine, real ale or fizzy water, listening to a relaxing tune.
Turkey not required – although we wouldn’t turn it down if one magically appeared at the oven door! Oh, and hold the cheese.
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