Food for Thought
What spells winter like maple syrup and root veggies? This side dish contains both ingredients and is quick and easy, to boot. Your kids won’t even notice they’re eating those icky vegetables because they will be distracted by the caramelized maple coating! You can substitute any of the veggies below with sweet potatoes, yams or butternut squash. To ensure even cooking, slice the veggies into half-inch cubes.
11/2 cups sliced carrots
11/2 cups sliced, peeled parsnips
11/2 cups sliced, peeled turnip
4 teaspoons (tsp) olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Combine first six ingredients in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated evenly with cooking spray. Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup, and bake an additional 20 minutes until tender and golden, stirring once after the first 10 minutes. Makes four half-cup servings.
Per Serving: 150 calories; 4.9 grams (g) fat; 1.7 g protein; 26.1 g carbs; 3.8 g fiber; 0 milligrams (mg) cholesterol; 379 mg sodium; 63 mg calcium; 0.8 mg iron.