Healthy Sides: Rosemary & Garlic Candied Root Vegetables

October 17, 2016
One of my yogis, Rachel Ecklund, dreamt this recipe up in my honor. (What a sweetie and great yoga teacher to be!) This colorful vegan side dish is bursting with the hearty flavors of beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes (or yams--your pick). It ads a lovely splash of color to any dish and incorporates the beautiful hues of the season.
These seasonal, candied root vegetables are laced with the grounding flavors of rosemary and garlic, yet, at the same time, their long roast time gives them a natural sweetness that will make you forget about candy corn.
In addition to providing fiber, this dish isn't lacking in nutritional value. Beets provide betacyanin, which stimulates liver function and helps oxygenate the blood. Beets also contain vitamins A and C, folate, iron, and magnesium. Carrots and sweet potatoes are both excellent sources of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A (which is where they get they're bright orange hue). Vitamin A support eye health and beautiful skin.
So enjoy this healthy vegan side. Candied in the spirit of Halloween, is perfect for fall!
Healthy Sides: Rosemary & Garlic Candied Root Vegetables

Healthy Sides: Rosemary & Garlic Candied Root Vegetables

Recipe Type: Appetizers Detox
utensils YIELDS 4 servings
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  • 3 medium-sized beets, peeled and cubed
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 small sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch dried rosemary
  • salt
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1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Peel beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Chop, cube, and place into a large mixing bowl.
3. Add minced garlic, rosemary, salt, pine nuts, and olive oil. Mix well. Make sure all of the veggies are coated in olive oil. You may need more depending on the size of your veggies.
4. Roast on a baking sheet lined with tin foil for about 55-60 minutes, or until veggies are tender and yield to gentle pressure! Enjoy!

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Photos: Jacqueline Quattrocchi

Jacqueline Quattrocchi is a Seattle transplant who grew up in NY. After years in the IT field, Jackie made a career change to become a full-time yoga instructor, a result of 14 years of Iyengar, Bikram, and Vinyasa practice. Jackie brings a wealth of versatility, adaptability and experience to her yoga students; her insight transfers both to their lives on and off their mats. Jackie has had the ability to build on her Journalism roots and write content about many professional areas. Currently, this background has resulted into writing for wellness/health and more general assignment topics. Jackie owns and operates, a wellness program geared toward bringing yoga into companies for employee health. With two 200-hr training Yoga Alliance-recognized training Hatha Fusion(200 RYT) and in Power Vinyasa (200 RYT), Jackie enjoys her teaching career at Hot Yoga Experience in Sammamish, WA. She is the owner of EEC, LLC - an editorial consulting firm, and as a mother and wife, activity plays an enormous part in her family's life. She enjoys backpacking, rock climbing and cycling with her family.


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