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vegetable sidedish

By Hiba Giacoletto, Healthwise

This is a tasty and healthy addition to any main dish. Choose root vegetable such as sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, black salsify, Jerusalem artichoke, celery root, beets, potatoes etc. Most of these vegetables are currently in season and you can use them without even knowing their names! You can also add squash or pumpkin and roughly chop a few onions to add more taste. Roasting these vegetables is a great way of bringing out their natural sweetness and giving them a more complex flavor that even people who don't normally eat vegetables will like!

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2. Wash/scrub, peel and dice the veggies into similar size cubes. Some varieties of squash like butternut squash or winter squash (potimarron) don’t need to be peeled.

3. Put all the vegetables in a bowl and add olive oil, some unrefined salt and any spice you like. I usually add a mix of turmeric, cayenne pepper and paprika. Use you hands to really get in there and coat all the vegetables evenly. If you have time, leave the vegetables to marinate so they take on the taste even more. If you prefer, you can add fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary or thyme after the vegetables have cooked, instead of spices. In this case, simply coat the vegetables with oil and salt before roasting them.

4. Pour the vegetables onto a lined baking tray and separate them out so they are not too close together. Put the tray on the top part of the oven.

5. As they are cooking, stir the vegetables around so they cook evenly on all sides. Total cooking time should take about 15-25 minutes, depending on the vegetables used. Just before they are done, you can also add some pressed garlic and stir.

Enjoy while still hot as a delicious side to your Christmas meals!

P.S. Whilst we are on the Christmas theme, you might like to download my free e-book, entitled Healthier Christmas Cookies!

Author's bio

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Hiba Giacoletto is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with a Masters Degree in Psychology

Hiba helps people lose weight, feel more energetic or take control of their eating without diets or deprivation. She believes that no one way of eating or living works for everyone and that it is about experimenting to find what truly works for you. She uses a unique blend of NUTRITION + PSYCHOLOGY + COACHING to help people start trusting their body's wisdom to make food and lifestyle choices that enable them to look and feel their best. She is convinced that regardless of what you might have tried in the past, she can help you get unstuck, overcome self-sabotage behavior and find your mojo!

You can book a FREE 45 minute Health Chat via her website, www.healthwise.ch to find out whether Health Coaching is right for you.

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