ROASTED THANKSGIVING SALAD
Don’t let the word Thanksgiving throw you into a tizzy. There’s still plenty of time until the major holiday, but for those who want a sneak peak, or rather taste, of the flavors to come, here is a wonderful recipe. It’s so tasty. This would make a fabulous dinner leading up to Hartford road races. The quinoa is a complete protein, the sweet potatoes and parsnips pack a nutritional punch. The pepitas are full of micronutrients and apples keep the doctor away, right?
- 1 ½ lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 small red onion, diced
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup quinoa
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped (about 4 medium leaves)
- 1 small apple, cut into ¼ inch pieces
- 3 ounces, roasted pepitas
- Sea salt and pepper
- Heat oven to 425. Toss the sweet potatoes, parsnips and red onion with 2 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp sea salt and spread evenly on 2 baking sheets. Roast for 15 minutes, then toss the veggies, and roast for another 10 minutes until the veggies are tender and golden brown.
- While the veggies are roasting prepare the quinoa. Bring 2 cups of water and ½ tsp of salt to a boil. Whisk the quinoa into the boiling water and then add the cinnamon. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Combine the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, and ½ tsp salt in a small jar. Cover and shake the dressing to emulsify.
- Toss the warm vegetables, quinoa, thyme, sage and dressing together in a large bowl. Add the apple and pepitas just before serving warm or at room temperature.
Source: Alton Brown, Everyday Cook
Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water! Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at email@example.com