Eat Your Colors Recipe

November 08, 2017

By Kathleen Shafer, R.D.

In our last blog, we wrote about eating your colors for optimal Health. Here is a recipe that can help with that effort.

Give these veggies a try for an easy, nutrition packed, and tasty Thanksgiving side dish:

Eat-your-Colors Vegetable Roast

Makes 8 servings

  • 2 cups of butternut squash, cut into 1 inch cubes (about ½ small squash)

    Eat Your Colors for Health

  • 2 each color of jeweled carrots (purple, yellow and orange) sliced on a diagonal into 3 inch slices
  • 2 large purple sweet potatoes (can find in Asian stores or farmer’s markets), peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

Place all cut veggies on baking sheet, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and stir about, sprinkle with salt and pepper and dried or fresh Thyme (or other favorite herb)

Roast at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, check potatoes for doneness.  If soft – hold warm until ready to serve. If not soft — continue to roast, checking every 10 minutes until done.

Arrange in serving bowl, garnish with chopped fresh thyme or other desired herb.  Enjoy!

Too much to do on Thanksgiving Day? You can wash and chop these vegetables the day before. Hold in the refrigerator and add the olive oil and seasonings right before roasting.  This easy to put together side dish can be placed in the oven when the turkey comes out to rest before carving. While best warm, it can be served at room temperature. 

Make a double batch and turn into a creamy soup the next day by pureeing in the blender with chicken or vegetable stock. You can even shred turkey into the smooth soup for a warm, comforting meal and you can score creativity points for a new use for leftovers. The soup freezes beautifully for several months.

If you have leftover rolls — cut them into cubes, toss in olive oil and your favorite seasonings, and roast into croutons as a topper for the soup.

Feel free to change ingredients to your favorites. Recipes are always best when personalized but don’t be afraid to try something new, you might like it!

The author is director of Nutrition Services for NorthBay Healthcare.

Tags: Nourish



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