Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Beets

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Roasted Root Veggies

Today a classic root vegetable recipe: Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Beetroot. A three veggie side-dish that works well with many dishes.

Inexpensive and good for your health. Root vegetables are packed with antioxidants. They contain healthful fiber and slow-digesting carbohydrates, which make you feel full and help regulate blood sugar and the digestive system.

One of my favorite sides to any holiday meal or festive dinner. Hearty and warming. Soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. This is an easy perfect roasted veg dish.

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Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Beets
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Parsnips
  2. 4 Carrots
  3. 3 Beets
  4. 1 bulb Garlic
  5. 3 sprigs fresh Rosemary
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas6.
  2. Peel the parsnips, carrots and beetroots and slice lengthways (quarter).
  3. Transfer the veggies onto a large roasting tray. Spread them out evenly.
  4. Remove the garlic cloves from the bulb, leave unpeeled, bash them slightly and add to the veggies.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary leaves.
  6. Put into the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  7. Enjoy!
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6 Ways To Serve Caprese

6 ways to serve Caprese

Buon Appetito!

In prospect that I’m going to spend my summer holidays in Italy, I’ve got inspired by Caprese salad, or Insalata Caprese. The famous Italian salad made of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Insalata Caprese is sometimes called insalata tricolore, referring to the three colors of the Italian flag: the red, white and green. Six fun variations of this classic summer salad:

 

1. Classic Insalata Caprese
Classic Insalata Caprese

The original Insalata Caprese is a very simple yummy salad. Combine fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Try to get your ingredients as fresh as possible.

 

2. Caprese Sandwich
Caprese Sandwich

Pick your favorite Italian bread (for example ciabatta or forcaccia). Slice and spread with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Roast 1 tablespoon pine nuts, combine with 1 peeled garlic clove in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and garnish with a few basil leaves. If preferred you can also toast or grill your sandwich to make a panini.

 

3. Sweet Caprese Peach Salad
Caprese Peach Salad

Make a lovely sweet summer salad from fresh sliced peaches, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, sprinkle over basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

4. Caprese Wrap Rolls
Caprese Wraps

A great party snack! Spread a wrap with a tablespoon of pesto. (To make pesto: Start by roasting 1 tablespoon of pine nuts. Combine the roasted pine nuts and 1 peeled garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add a handful of basil leaves and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.) Add sliced fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Roll, cut into bitesize portions and serve!

 

5. Caprese Zucchini Noodles
Caprese Zucchini Noodles

A quick & easy lunch or dinner, that looks stunning on the plate. Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with cheerful cherry tomatoes, little mozzarella’s and a fresh basil pesto. Check out the recipe here.

 

6. Caprese Salad Skewers
Caprese Skewers

These elegant and cute caprese salad skewers are a lovely party snack or side dish at a dinner party! Add a cherry tomato, basil leave and mini-mozzarella on a skewer. Serve with basil reduction. To make basil reduction: Pour 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Cook it for 5-15 minutes, or until reduced to a thicker glaze. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

 

Mango Crostini

Mango Basil Goat Cheese

Quick Bite

Do you have them? The occasional moments when your very busy, or you come home from work tired and you don’t feel like cooking…

Instead of drive through takeaway (which will actually make you feel worse afterwards), or a poorly nutritious microwave meal – rather opt for a quick and easy healthy snack. In this post a shortcut for dinner. A healthy recipe that you can whip up in a breeze. Superfast, easy to prepare and just delectable to eat :)

The perfect snack, lunch, party food or shortcut for dinner. Fruit and cheese with a twist: Mango and Goat Cheese Crostini with Balsamic Glaze. The combination of the sweet and savory go hand in hand. Happiness on a plate! 

Mango Crostini
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Baguette (spelt/sourdough/whole wheat)
  2. 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 2 Tablespoons Honey
  4. Soft Goat Cheese (100g/3.5oz)
  5. 1 Mango
  6. Fresh Basil Leaves
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan simmer one cup balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp honey over medium heat until reduced by half and balsamic is thick and syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cut the baguette into slices and toast it for 2 min in the oven or in a grill pan.
  3. Peel and slice the mango. Finely chop the fresh basil leaves.
  4. To assemble, spread the toasted bread with some goat cheese, add some diced mango, drizzle with balsamic syrup and top with sliced basil leaves.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. No mango in the house? You can also use strawberries instead!
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