Fall is a time of harvest. Fields, grocery stores and farmer’s markets are overflowing with the land’s bounty and root vegetables finally have a chance to shine on the menu. Vibrant seasonal colors draw the in the eye and endless flavor options make these carbohydrate powerhouses the king of cold-weather meal times.
These veggies are the gluten free wonders of the carbohydrate world. Loaded with tons of vitamins and nutrients, great flavors and beautiful dishes really are just the icing on the cake.
Root veggies can be easily incorporated into any meal with a little knowhow and a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
Carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, onions, turnips, parsnips and celeriac are just some of the post popular selections. With so many options, you can’t go wrong! Here are a few of our favorite root veggies and tips on how to add them to your weekly menu:
Cooking Method Counts – Show off your skills and create amazing stove-top or oven dishes like these Eggs in Bacon Potato Nests or Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins. Baking may take a little longer than frying, so choosing your recipe based on that may make dinner time a more personalized adventure.
Choose Your Weapon – Aside from making whole roasted carrots, your cutting tool is going to be key. Use an immersion blender to make creamy soups or sauces or a sharp grater to create carrot cake or these Nutty Carrot Balls for snacking.
Go All In – Root vegetable dishes don’t have to be exclusive. Recipes like this Shepherds Pie with Cheddar Crust can incorporate turnips, carrots and onions to create one amazing dish.
Have a root vegetable preference? Try substituting your favorite into any of these recipes and see where the adventure takes you!
Need more root vegetable recipes? Try some of these:
Take it on over to the sweet side with this recipe for super moist Carrot Cake.
We may be biased but we think our farm families know how to make the most of whatever season is in store. So if fall root veggies don’t fit your taste tonight, check out this entire collection of Farm Family Recipes for more ideas! https://www.cabotcheese.coop/farm-family-recipes
Need even more ideas? We rounded up some of our favorite vegetable-rich recipes here. And we have a meal planner with our favorite root veggie recipes too! Check it out!
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.