Best Root Vegetables – Radish Yogurt Dip

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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What are root vegetables and how do you use them in your weekly meals? First things first, I’ve compiled my Best Root Vegetables for you and your family. Let’s identify what root vegetables are. Fall is the season root vegetables are available and  abundant at the farmer’s markets. Their sizes vary from tiny round radishes to large knobby celery roots.  Root vegetables are plant roots used as vegetables. Here “root” means any underground part of a plant.[1] Wikipedia   Grown in the soil, many carry high nutrient levels.  Rich in nutrients,  the carrot which shouldn’t surprise you has the highest amount, the leek, and potato follow. Protein can also be found in some root vegetables but their levels are quite small; such as the beet- 15%, potato-11%, sweet potato 6% and yam at 8%.  As you can see from the chart there are thousands of types of root vegetables and varieties around the world. We may never know the exact number. Read more Here.

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 So what are these unknown vegetables and how do we use them in the kitchen?  Let me list some of the most common vegetables for you, so you can get started.

  • Beets : they can be eaten  or roasted, with an earthy sweet flavor.
  • Celery root: Once peeled, underneath is a creamy white flesh often tasting sweet like the stalks. Can be shaved for salads, or cooked in stews.
  • Radishes: Can be eaten straight from the garden with a sweet, crisp texture with a zesty juice.
  • Jicama: peeled with a crunchy texture. Added raw to salads or use as a chip for dips.
  • Parsnips: A delicate taste,a cross between a carrot and  parsley. So versatile, for soups, roasted,and mashed
  • Rutabagas: Milder , sweet and creamier than turnips , use in the same dishes as the parsnip.
  • Fennel bulb: can be eaten raw,shaved in salads, and often called “sweet anise”, a licorice taste. When cooked it becomes sweeter.

Techniques for Cooking Root Vegetables

  • Roasting: Vegetables are cut into pieces, placed on a sheet pan with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. Oven pre-heated at 400 degrees  for 35-45  mintues.
  • Baking: Whole vegetables can be baked in the oven at 350 degrees until tender.
  • Grilled: Vegetables can be placed in a well-oiled basket, with salt and pepper and spices and turned occasionally until tender.
  • Boiled: In a large pot vegetables can be boil, but not quite the flavor as the above methods.

 My beginning  5  categories to get you started cooking with roots.

  1. Soup
  2. Pasta
  3. Salad
  4. Mashed or Puree
  5. Roasted
  6. Meatloaf

I have gathered recipes from other sources, as well as my site. Just starting with these recipes can give you a head-start in a more healthful diet for your family.

And remember just having fun in the kitchen with your kids is what counts!

Soup 

Potato, Leek, and Fennel Soup Tomato Fennel Soup Red Lentil with Turnip and Parsley Split Pea Soup with Parsnips

Pasta

Carrot Mac and CheeseFarfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens, and Pine Nuts Ziti with Skillet-Roasted Root Orzo Salad with Celery,Radishes and Dill Pasta with Roasted Fennel and Tomtoes

Salad

Celery,Apple and Fennel Slaw Watermelon,Cucumber, and Jicama Lentil and Celery Root Salad Celery Root, Carrot,and Beet Salad

Mashed or Puree

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears Sweet Potato and Apple Puree Celery Root Mashed Potatoes Potato and Root Vegetable Mash

Roasted

Greek – Style Roasted Beets Roasted Root with Brown Butter,Lemon, and Radish Tops Roasted Root Vegetable with Thyme Golden Mashed Potatoes with Parsnips

Meatloaf

Classic Meatloaf with Roasted Vegetables

Recipe Type: Yogurt Sauce and Dip
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 12 as a dip
Simple with refreshing flavors comes this creamy sauce with a bit of a tang! Use it to top your rooted vegetables or just as a dip!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces trimmed red radishes, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large clove garlic
Instructions
  1. Place the salt on a chopping board and finely chop the garlic clove on top of the salt.
  2. Place the yogurt in a medium size bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add the garlic and salt, radishes, and the dill.
  4. Mix well and cover.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or store up to 2 days

 

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1 Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought

YES! I love radishes and I love yogurt. I have never thought to put them together before. I think that would be great with a cucumber puree and layered in a small glass dish.

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