January 28, 2013

Rosemary Roasted Root Veggies

I love potatoes. But sometimes, you're just in the mood for something with a bit more variety. Still traditional and filling, but a bit different, and super yummy.
Well, this is it!
I love how everything gets turned jewel bright. Such a beautiful side dish!
You'll get rave reviews with it, even my kids will eat it.
I got the recipe originally from my good friend's BLOG. She's amazing.
This is what you'll need... for a giant batch of it.
Last night I had a big family dinner, 11 adults and 8 kids. I made 2 whole chickens in the crockpot... I had to borrow an extra crockpot, and I made this as a side. It was awesome! But this is a lot! So I'm cutting the recipe down to 1/3 of what I made last night, so that it would be appropriately sized for a normal family dinner.
1 red beet, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 sweet potato (not yam!!!), peeled and chopped
1 russet potato, washed and chopped
1/3 of a butternut squash, peeled seeded and chopped
1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
Toss it to coat, and put in a baking pan. For this amount, probably just a cake pan should do it for yah and you can cover it with tinfoil. But for the full amount you see in the pictures... I used my roasting pan. Ha! I haven't used it in forever, because now I always do my chickens in the crockpot... but it has found a use again!
Cover and cook at 400 degrees for 1 hour. I usually stir it around at 40 minutes, just to make sure it's cooking evenly. And quite often I'll cook it for an extra 20 minutes to get the carrots nice and soft enough for my 1 year old to eat on her own... but I find that makes the rest, especially the squash, be really over cooked. My brilliant fix for that is to put the harder veggies at the bottom and the softer on top. So the beets go on bottom, then carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and squash. (Still stir it around to mix it at 40 minutes.)
Look at how pretty!
 More nutrients, more variety, more taste.
The only complaint I ever get is from my husband who misses all the extra butter I put in mashed potatoes. LOL. But he just adds it here and is plenty happy.

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