We all know it’s important to eat our veggies, but if we’re being honest, some of them tend to fly under the radar. Broccoli, cauliflower, peas and corn are classic staples of a meal, and everyone knows the health factor of a tasty salad.
However, root vegetables such as celery root, parsnip, and yes, carrots, are delicious and super-healthy. If you want to try out these powerhouse veggies, which are chock full of fiber and vitamins, but don’t know how, here’s a simple recipe even root-veggie beginners can accomplish.
While this recipe makes use of specific root veggies, you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Turnip and rutabaga could easily become a part of this recipe, and so could the controversial-but-healthy-and-delicious beet (if you’re OK with a pink soup!)
1 large carrot
1 large parsnip
1 large potato
1 large sweet potato
1 large onion
Partial celery root; about the size of a medium potato
2 peeled, whole garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon turmeric
4 cups vegetable stock (homemade or store-bought)
Fresh parsley to garnish
Note: if you want to change up the flavor of this soup, it’s pretty easy to do. Add in some salt and pepper and paprika, or bring in some italian-style flavor with dried herbs such as basil and oregano.
How to Make:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. eel and chop your veggies into large but approximately-the-same-size chunks. Mix veggies with oil and seasonings to taste.
Transfer veggies to a large baking sheet, add bay leaves, and roast for 30 minutes, or until tender.
Roughly chop onion and garlic. Transfer vegetables, turmeric, and onion and garlic to a large pot. Add vegetable stock. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for around 3 minutes. (Careful not to overdo it!)
To thicken the soup, mash the vegetables with a potato masher until desired consistency or use a blender to puree if you would like a smoother, creamier consistency.
Top with shredded cheese, croutons, or whatever your heart desires, and enjoy!
This delicious and vegetarian friendly recipe is a great way to keep warm in the winter while enjoying some healthy veggies!