The Healthy Christmas Side Dish You and Your Body Will Love

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy Christmas side dish to pair with your turkey, roast beef or ham, may I recommend my Carrot, Parsnip and Onion Sauté?  It’s so tasty; I make it almost every holiday season. It is easy to prepare, looks great on your holiday dinner table and is filled with vitamins and minerals that your body will love. This is a great alternative to the butter and cream laden mashed potatoes that appear on most holiday dinner tables. Plus, your dietary-restricted friends that don’t eat gluten or dairy will appreciate you serving them something other than a plain baked potato.

What is the health magic of carrots and parsnips? Here are 3 important health benefits you get when you eat this delicious holiday side dish.

(1) Better eyesight – carrots are filled with beta-carotene, which is a crucial nutrient for your eyes.

(2) Improved immunity – parsnips are a good source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, supports your liver’s ability to detoxify, protects you against cardiovascular disease and helps prevent wrinkles.

(3) Balanced blood pressure – parsnips are also a good source of potassium, which is very important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

The nutrients in both carrots and parsnips are better absorbed by your body when they are cooked instead of raw. So you can feel extra good about consuming this yummy Carrot, Parsnip and Onion Sauté. Here is the recipe. Give it a try!

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Sauteed Carrots, Parsnips and Onion
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large pan over medium heat add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté the onions until they are very brown.
  3. Once the onions are very brown, add the carrots, parsnips and rosemary to the pan. Salt the vegetables generously with one teaspoon of salt or more. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining olive oil to a Pyrex pan or other oven-safe pan. Add all the vegetables. Roast in the oven at 375 degrees until the carrots and parsnips look a little brown on the edges, about 35-45 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

There are 3 secrets to making this recipe extra delicious:

1) Make sure you really brown the onions. Don’t just lightly sauté them.

2) Use a generous amount of salt, more than you would think, or this dish will be bland.

3)  Follow the directions and saute the vegetables on the stove-top and then roast them in the oven.  If you only sauté the vegetables it won’t be quite as good.

 

2017-12-20T12:17:27+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Blog|