Monday, November 30, 2009

Roasted Vegetable and Potato Salad



Hi Everyone! Happy Holidays!

Okay... so I know it's been almost a year since I have updated the blog, but I am back and back for good with a new format and everything. One thing that I can't stand is measuring out ingredients! It's too complicated and I make a mess of everything! I'm more of a dash of this.... a handful of that kind of girl... so that's what you can expect from now on. My recipes are pretty simple... that's how I roll... so you should be able to keep up. I'll try to be as exact as possible.

Moving on..... I know that Thanksgiving just ended, but being my second vegan Thanksgiving, I was looking to make some dishes that I can bring to the table every year. I'm not into fake meats... processed food in the shape of a turkey, or friend veggie protein to look like chicken... so you won't find that here. But, you will find some very healthy and delicious meals that can be served for any occasion.

One of my biggest inspirations is Heidi Swanson, of Super Natural Cooking. The recipe that I am posting is based on a potato salad that used off of her website. It turned out pretty awesome and was a big hit with everyone.

Here it is:

1 1/2 pounds red potatoes... quartered
1/2 pound baby carrots, halved
1/2 pound parsnips, cut in half, and chopped into pieces the size of about an inch
6 medium shallots, peeled and cut in half
about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 big pinches of sea salt
about 10 scallions, greens cut off, and halved

Dressing:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
2 teaspoons mustard
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup of olive oil

2 cups cooked rice mix (I used a red, white, wild rice mix)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
In a large bowl toss the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and shallots with the olive oil and 2 big pinches of salt. When everything is well coated, lay out on a baking sheet. Make sure that it is spread out pretty good so that it's a single layer. Coat the green onions in the bowl with the left over oil from the other ingredients. Place everything in the oven. The green onions will be finished first, so take them out after about 20 minutes. Continue to roast the veggies for about 30-40 more minutes, but keep checking since other veggies might finish before the others. For example, the carrots might finish and start to turn black... that is what you want to avoid. You want to let the veggies go until they are deeply golden and tender. You might want to flip the veggies once or twice along the way.

While the vegetables are roasting, start the dressing by pouring the red wine vinegar into a small bowl along with the chopped shallot. Then whisk in the mustard and salt, and olive oil. Make sure everything is mixed until smooth.

When they are done roasting, remove the vegetables from the oven. In the bowl that you cooked the rice, pour a splash of the vinaigrette and mix together. Transfer the rice to a serving platter as a bed for the vegetables. Turn everything out onto the platter and serve topped with the remaining roasted scallions. Then, drizzle the rest of the dressing over and throughout the dish.
Afterthoughts:
I can't take total credit for this recipe since it was based off of a Heidi Swanson original, but you can definitely make this your own. All of the recipes I post can be used as roadmaps to create your own personalized version. While I was indulging on the roasted vegetables I realized that I don't cook like that enough. Roasted vegetables are sweet and crispy, and I decided that I was going to roast veggies more often, so you can expect to see more of that. You can really make this dish for any occasion... and you can change up the veggies in this dish.....I think roasted brussel sprouts or sweet potatoes would have been a great addition or substitution! Let me know what you think!

Namaste-
Monica

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