What to Cook (Oct 14-18): Root Vegetables Week

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When the weather chills you to the bone, it’s time to load up on healthy veggies. This week we’re focusing on dinners that feature root vegetables. Cozy, delicious, filling… and healthy! It’s what’s for dinner this week!

What Is A Root Vegetable?

“Roots are some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables in the world. While each root contains its own set of health benefits, they share many of the same characteristics. Yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, yuca, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, celery root (or celeriac), horseradish, daikon, turmeric, jicama, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes, and ginger are all considered roots.”

Why are They Healthy?

“Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil. They are packed with a high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, A, and iron, helping to cleanse your system. They are also filled with slow-burning carbohydrates and fiber, which make you feel full, and help regulate your blood sugar and digestive system. This factor, plus the high-octane nutrients and low calories, make roots excellent for people who are trying to lose weight, or simply stay healthy.”

“Eating your vegetables” was never more delicious than with these hearty, healthy dinners. From rice bowls to stew, pasta, a sheet pan chicken dinner, and even Sloppy Joe’s.

And don’t think we missed a root vegetable treat! We saved the best for last.

Have a great week everyone!

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Weeknight Dinners Week at a Glance:

Monday: Turmeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala Root Vegetables & Chickpeas
Tuesday: Longevity Ikarian Stew
Wednesday: Roasted Root Vegetable Pasta with Pesto
Thursday: Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables
Friday: Best Ever Sloppy Joes
Treat: Sweet Potato Custard


What to Cook (Oct 14-18): Root Vegetables Week

The weather is turning chilling and our hearts are turning toward healthy, hearty dinners. This week we're focusing on dinners featuring root vegetables. These underground grown veggies are packed with antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, A, and iron, helping to cleanse your system. A slow-burning carbohydrate, high in fiber, will keep you full and satisfied!

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Monday: Turmeric Rice Bowl with Garam Masala Root Vegetables & Chickpeas

"This fragrant turmeric rice bowl topped with leftover spiced roasted root vegetables and chickpeas is inspired by flavors from India for an easy, vegetarian dinner."

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Tuesday: Longevity Ikarian Stew with Black Eyed Peas and Kale

"I’ve long been a fan of the BlueZone books. And of their recipes! This Longevity Ikarian Stew is one of my favorites. A savory pot of stew infused with the flavors of Ikaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, 10 nautical miles southwest of Samos."

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Wednesday: Roasted Root Vegetable Pasta

"Roasted root vegetable pasta with pesto is a hearty and nutritious one-bowl meal. A perfect way to celebrate the flavors of the fall and winter season."

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Thursday: Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

"Aren’t sheet pan dinners just the best? I love how convenient and easy they are and when they taste as good as this Roasted chicken with Root Vegetables does it makes me even more of a believer in one pan meals."

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Friday: Best Sloppy Joes!

"Best Ever Sloppy Joes! These cook in one pot, with ground beef, onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, in sweet-and-sour tomato sauce. Served messy on purpose, over hamburger buns."

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Treat: Sweet Potato Custard

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Perhaps one of the most delicious root vegetables... ever. Especially when sweetened in this custardy treat!

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