The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you!
As a dietitian I’m well aware that the biggest barrier to healthy eating is time. You don’t need me to tell you to eat your veggies! So here’s my work smarter, not longer tip for you my friend. Make extra roasted veggies for a head start on another meal. Check out the notes below for 4 ways to work leftovers into lunches.
And if you have a few extra carrots hanging around and need ideas to use them up (aren’t we all looking for ways to curb food waste) check out my Carrots 4 Ways video.
*Kids Cook: Your child can wash and peel the beets.
- Follow our 3 simple steps:
- (ingredients are listed in bold)
- In bowl, add 1 lb beets, peeled and cut into ½-inch wedges with 1 lb carrots (about 6-8 medium carrots) if carrots are thick cut in half lengthwise, otherwise leave whole and toss with 2 tbsp canola oil, 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary) and ½ tsp EACH coarse salt and pepper. Tip: the needles from the rosemary sprigs will fall off so no need to chop.
Spread beets and carrots on large rimmed parchment lined baking sheet.
- Roast in 400°F oven, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes.
1. Toss extra roasted vegetables with arugula, chickpeas, crumbled feta
and your favourite vinaigrette.
2. Add cold roasted carrots to your child’s lunchbox.
Serve with a herby Greek yogurt dip.
3. Make a Buddha bowl. Cook up some couscous (try making it with half orange
juice, half water), add leftover chopped roasted veggies, canned lentils, apple
slices, toasted pumpkin seeds and your favourite vinaigrette.
4. Make a wrap with roasted veggies, hummus (or goat cheese) and your
favourite salad greens.
• Use the beet tops in a stir-fry. Use the carrot tops like parsley.
• Love kale chips? Use the beet tops (greens) to make beet chips.
Once out of the oven, take it up a notch by topping with crumbled feta
or blue cheese.
*All “Kids Cook!” ideas are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they understand your rules for safely working in the kitchen. Always supervise kids in the kitchen and have fun!
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