Vegan MoFo and Roasted Vegetables with Ginger
I'm joining in a little late, but I'm participating in VeganMoFo, the Vegan Month of Food because the name makes me laugh and I need a reason to get back on the blogging wagon.
I've always liked roasted vegetables, especially in the winter. They're the perfect food to eat when it's snowy outside and freezing cold inside (Save energy, lower your thermostat! You may want to stay a little warmer than my house, which is at a constant yet balmy 58°F in the winter, although on really cold days sometimes the heat gets cranked up to 62°) and you're wearing three sweaters and looking at birds outside the window. It's not snowing here yet, but it's never too early to practice.
This all started tonight when I was feeling lazy (notice a trend here?) and I decided I would microwave a sweet potato for dinner. As I was taking out the sweet potato I noticed that there was also a butternut squash in the cabinet. At that point I thought maybe it would be worth it to turn on the oven so that I could have some squash, too.
Then my mom walked in the kitchen and reminded me that we still have a ton of beets and turnips from the CSA left, so I felt obligated to use a few. The result of all of this: ginger roasted root vegetables
I originally made a recipe similar to this from Vegan with a Vengeance, but since it's just roasted vegetables, I've since decided that I don't need a recipe (I don't measure ingredients very often, even when I'm baking I usually don't bother with measuring cups/spoons). This pan of vegetables consisted of 1 sweet potato, 1/3 butternut squash, 3 small turnips, and 1 medium beet, all somewhat uniformly chopped into about 1/2 inch pieces. I diced about 1 inch of fresh ginger and one small garlic clove and added these along with some olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground pepper, and salt to the vegetables, mixed it all, and poured it into a 9x12 pan. After about 25 minutes at 450°F (I turned it all once in the middle) the vegetable were delicious and gooey, perfect.
Now that I'm ready for winter, I just need to finish up my weather machine.