The Last of the Root Vegetables

Is your refrigerator like mine? The only vegetables I have left from the farm are root vegetables. While I’d give my right arm for some fresh baby leaf lettuce from the farm, instead I’m still staring at the remaining beets, carrots, potatoes and celeriac. Don’t get me wrong, I love these vegetables, but after this many months I’ve grown bored with them and I’m chomping at the bit for the change of seasons. If you’re feeling that way as well, maybe a little recipe inspiration will get you through.

For starters, these lovely Beet Chips are my new favorite way to eat beets. Cooked without any oil or salt, they couldn’t be healthier, yet I’ve had parents write to me to tell their kids couldn’t get enough of them. I LOVE when I get mail like that! (I tried making this recipe similarly with celeriac with less than stellar results – if you have a recipe or technique that works, won’t you share it?)

Carrots go from boring to bold with the addition of ginger – I particularly like that flavor combo in this Carrot Ginger Soup recipe. Carrots are also a nice addition to Vegetable Sushi Rolls – and making them at home is easier than you think! For a simple side salad, shred carrots and toss with a cumin-spiked vinaigrette and some dried cranberries.

You’ve probably already discovered that celeriac and potatoes mashed together taste great – but why not try the simple addition of goat cheese and bacon in my Potato and Celeriac Mash?

With chives, tarragon and green onions poking up through the wet snow, it can’t be long now until the growing season is in full swing again!


One response to “The Last of the Root Vegetables

  1. Ugh – I hear you! I was stoked when I found a few ears of corn in the back of my freezer that I forgot that I had! And we finished off our frozen asparagus this week.
    All I have left now is one or two pounds of carrots, and a handful of frozen tomatoes from the garden. Oh and green chiles.
    Counting the days, Michele….

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