Rutabaga, Parsnips, Beets, Oh My

Fall, In Season, Ingredient, Seasonal Foods
on October 17, 2012
Rutabaga, Carrots, Potatoes, Turnips, Beets and Parsnips Still Life
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

For fall and winter side dishes, head for the underground—vegetables, that is.

With cool weather come beets, sweet potatoes, turnips–the sturdy root vegetables that form the backbone of winter’s vegetable supply. Each is lovable in its own way. Beets brighten up the plate. Celery root has a sophisticated flavor. And plain-looking parsnips develop a golden hue and caramelized flavor when roasted.

Root vegetables are powerhouses of nutrients. Celeriac is rich in minerals. Sweet potatoes and carrots are packed with the anti-oxidant beta carotene. Smart parents have been known to mash up steamed carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes along with mashed potatoes for extra nutrition, cleverly disguised.

Simplify Meatless Monday–choose two favorite root vegetable dishes. Embellish with cheese or nuts for a heartier version.

We’ve chosen a few of our favorites for you to try, but don’t stop there. There are so many delicious ways to prepare root vegetables that spring will be here before you’ve tried them all.

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Caprese Salad with Beets

Beets, Orzo and …Dirt

—By Nicki Pendleton Wood