Roast Winter Veg

Remember Christmas?  When we ate too much turkey and vowed never to overstuff ourselves again…… Well around that time I sliced up some stuffed turkey breast and carefully stored it in bags for 2 in the freezer.  It seemed like enough time had lapsed to enjoy a turkey dinner again.

The last squash has been staring at me for some time in the kitchen.  I love the way this vegetable stores so well and still maintains it’s gorgeous orange colour and comforting texture.  It’s perfect for a roast winter vegetable mix.

The Last Squash in Town

I cut my squash in half and then slice it into thick half rings.  I then use a paring/office knife to take the tough outer skin off.  (You could also leave this on for roasting – especially if you’re roasting it alone).  Try this with butternut squash too.

For my roast vegetable mix for 2 I used:

1/2 small squash – peeled, deseeded & left in large chunks

2 carrots, peeled & roughly chopped

4 shallots, halved

1/2 bulb garlic, peeled & cloves left whole

2 medium potatoes – peeled & cut into 2-bite chunks

The trick is to cut the vegetables according to their cooking time.  The squash will take the shortest time to cook so chop this 3 times as large as the carrots.  I just halved the shallots and left the garlic cloves whole – they will become sweet and a little carmelised on the outside.  It’s delicious.  And eating this much garlic is so good for you – it’s full of antioxidants: a real fighter in the body.

Because the potato takes the longest to cook I first covered the potato chunks in cold water in a saucepan.  Bring to the boil and simmer for just 3 minutes.  Drain and air dry for a couple of minutes.  Then mix all the vegetables together with rapeseed oil (our natural resource here in Ireland – and with same heart-healthy monounsaturates as olive oil), sea salt, black pepper and herb of choice – I used a bit of sage to go with the turkey theme but thyme/rosemary would be equally good. Roast in a hot oven (180-200 C) for 20-30 minutes until all veggies tender.

Veg - pre-roasting

Cooked Roast Veg

It was a light turkey dinner – some turkey, roast veg & gravy.  Mmmmmm.

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