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10 Ways to Get Back to Your Roots

In the bleak midwinter, it can be tough to get inspired by the veggies that are in season…or were recently enough to have lasted until now in cold storage. Root vegetables are traditionally served in the winter, being hardy enough to withstand months in a cool place. Fortunately, although they’re not often celebrated for their fresh, lustrous image like other seasonable veggies tend to be, root vegetables are sweet and delicious, perfect for roasting, braising, sauteing, grilling – even grated into salads and baked goods.

Read on!

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  • Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Stew 1 of 10
    Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Stew
    Loaded with turnips and parsnips, this winter stew is pure comfort - and a great use of woody winter veg.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Radish & Cauliflower Salad 2 of 10
    Radish & Cauliflower Salad
    Peppery radishes are often overlooked for their root vegetable potential - crisp and crunchy, they're perfect in a salad with fresh cauliflower and cucumber.
    Presley's Pantry has the recipe!
  • Baked Root Vegetable Chips 3 of 10
    Baked Root Vegetable Chips
    Root vegetable chips are easier to make than you might think - and are a delicious snack. A great use of any number of root veggies in your cellar!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Curried Carrot and Tahini Slaw 4 of 10
    Curried Carrot and Tahini Slaw
    This unique winter salad makes use of sweet carrots, and is tossed with a unique tahini dressing.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Cottage Pie with Parsley Root 5 of 10
    Cottage Pie with Parsley Root
    This delicious winter pie - like a shepherd's pie, without the lamb - makes use of unique veggies like parsley root.. feel free to play around with other winter veg!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Carrot and Parsnip Puree 6 of 10
    Carrot and Parsnip Puree
    Forget mashed potatoes - starchy carrots and parsnips make a delicious puree - sweet, savory and creamy!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes with Beets 7 of 10
    Red Velvet Cupcakes with Beets
    Everyone seems to love red velvet cupcakes - especially when they're made in a more natural way, colored with beets instead of food coloring!
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Roasted Winter Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette 8 of 10
    Roasted Winter Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette
    Hardy root vegetables are perfect for roasting, which brings out their natural sweetness. Try them drizzled with a nutty walnut vinaigrette for a perfect winter side dish.
    Babble has the recipe!
  • Chunky Vegetable Tomato Stew 9 of 10
    Chunky Vegetable Tomato Stew
    Thick chunks of potato, carrot, onion and celery swimming in a steamy, slightly spicy tomato and veggie based broth. Tender pasta and beans make it a meal!
    Babble has the recipe!
    Photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
  • Vanilla Parsnip Soup 10 of 10
    Vanilla Parsnip Soup
    Here's a flavor combo you may not have tried - savory parsnip soup, spiked with real vanilla bean. Surprisingly delicious!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!

Find more of Julie’s recipes and ideas at her blog, Dinner with Julie. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, or find more of her posts at the Family Kitchen.

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