During the Autumn season, the process of baking seems to take on additional elements of warmth, goodness, and celebration. Maybe because I relate it to meals shared with loved ones during the upcoming holidays. Do you think of Autumn baking (or roasting, as the case may be) in a similar fashion?
I shared a picture of this dish on last week’s post, and had a couple friends comment on it, so I didn’t want to delay the recipe. This is one of those super-flavorful meals that I could devour directly from the pan. It’s filled with Mother Nature’s love designed specifically for this season. It also gets high marks on nutrition scales.
Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamins C and K, and have a wealth of antioxidants, according to Healthline. They contain Omega-3 fatty acids, and may reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar. From other sources, I’ve read that cruciferous veggies, the group to which the little cabbages belong, are different in that the more you eat, the more your body benefits. Most other groups have a ceiling, meaning once you eat a certain amount, the nutritional benefits level off.
If you’re unfamiliar with Delicata squash, they don’t need to be peeled, and they are easier to chop than other gourd squash. They are also more subtly flavored. For these reasons, they have become my favorite winter squash. Delicatas are rich in vitamins A and C, and have a good bit of iron, according to Nutrition and You.
New potatoes have bioactive compounds including antioxidants that are found primarily in their skins, per this Potatoes 101 article. They supply good amounts of potassium which contributes to cardiovascular health, and vitamin C, which is important for tissue growth and repair, as well as immunity.
For this Fall recipe, I owe a debt of gratitude to the creators of 2 other recipes, one from Simply Recipes and one from Deliciously Ella. Elements of each are included here, along with the changes that suit my taste. Please let me know if you try it!
Yield: 4 – 5 servings
Ingredients (use organic and/or non-GMO when possible)
A bit of avocado (or olive) oil spray for pan
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (to your preferred heat level)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 lb Brussels sprouts, stems and outer leaves removed, halved
1 medium delicata squash, unpeeled, seeded, quartered lengthwise &
cut into 1/4” crosswise slices
1/2 lb small new red potatoes, unpeeled & halved
3 large shallots, peeled & cut into thirds
1/2 cup hazelnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a large baking pan with oil. Spin the next 6 ingredients (2 tbsp oil – garlic) in a small blender cup until uniformly smooth. Place all of the prepped veggies in a pile in the middle of the pan and pour about 3/4 of the combined liquid on top, & use your (clean!) hands to mix well. Spread into a single layer and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven to turn the veggies, and add the hazelnuts if using. Bake another 10 minutes, or until the veggies are soft with a bit of firmness, and the hazelnuts are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and add the remaining glaze, stirring gently to coat. Taste for salt, adding more if needed.
Serve on brown rice, couscous, or small pasta such as orzo. Enjoy!
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