I wanted to share with you an easy way to eat root vegetables that’s crazy easy, good for your gut, and tasty.
Here’s the basic ingredients:
4 Medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin bite-size pieces (think mandoline!)
1/2 red onion, diced to your preference
3 tbl olive oil, divided
1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked off
2 garlic cloves, smashed or pressed
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Pour one of the tablespoons of oil on a rimmed cookie sheet. I usually line my cookie sheet with aluminum foil for these reasons: 1) easy clean-up 2) better non-stick and 3) my cookie sheet is so scorched/stained/gross I don’t like to look at it ;-) Spread the oil around (just use your hands! It’ll be good moisturizing!). Spread your carrots and onion in around in the oil; I usually put the thicker vegetables (carrots in this instance) on the bottom and onions on top. Drizzle the next two tablespoons of oil over the vegetables. Top them off with your rosemary.
Bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes, then add your garlic. (*HINT: Putting your garlic in later prevents them from burning. Garlic burns crazy easy!) Put back in the over for about 7 minutes, or until some of your onions start to crisp up and/or turn opaque.
The best way to tell what works best for your oven is to just do a taste test and make sure the veggies are the right crispness/mushiness (is that a word?) to your preference. Salt and pepper it after pulling out the oven to your liking.
Confession: I eat this whole thing myself. As in, this is my lunch. Now look at this beauty:
It is crazy easy to add other things to this. I often will add potatoes to the mix. I have tried parsnips, but you should know they do not cook as fast as carrots and may require longer cook-time before the garlic step. Also, an easy change up is to use thyme instead of rosemary. I’m sure you could use oregano in a similar fashion, although I’ve never tried it.
Now… you may have noticed a small blip up above about feeding the gut. Onions and garlic are good for the healthy bacteria in your gut! They love this stuff and it helps them grow/stay healthy. I try to eat one thing a day that supports healthy gut bacteria, and the one thing that puts more bacteria into (this is usually yogurt, but if you have unpasteurized milk or unpasteurized milk products you can get it this way, too). Want to know more about feeding the gut? Read this article from Weed ‘Em and Reap on food allergies and other problems with the gut. There is an awesome list DaNelle has compiled on prebiotic and probiotic.