Though we may be dissimilar in certain facets of our lives, we all have quite a few things in common. One of the paramount areas is in regards to dietary needs. Most of us, work for long hours, take care of personal needs, and attend to the needs of loved ones day-in and day-out. But, at the end of the day, we return to our abodes and the question often ask is, “What’s for dinner?”

For me, I like to prep in advance. If I don’t, I’m liable to grab anything at hand. Therefore, one way I try to solve my culinary needs (for at least a few days) is to make a base dish. I like to purchase a variety of root vegetables like, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, etc. And, on the week-end or when I get the opportunity during the week, I do a quick roasting of these beneficial veggies.

Like most times, today I was strapped for precious time. I wanted to grab a few more veggies to add to the ones I had in-house; however, I was exhausted. Thus, I decided to ‘rock’ with what I had: carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic.


On a baking sheet pan, I drizzled a little olive oil on my root veggies, added a pinch of salt, pepper, cinnamon, thyme, and crushed garlic. Veggies were roasted for approximately 35 minutes in a 400 degree oven until they were caramelized on the exterior. The great thing about roasting vegetables is that it brings out the natural sugar and nutty taste in them.

How I use roasted root veggies:

  • Add to a refreshing garden salad for a sweet/nutty contrasting taste
  • A great side dish for an entrée
  • Add a protein like fish, meat or poultry and it becomes a complete meal
  • Excellent base for a hearty soup by adding chicken or veggie broth and other ingredients
  • Ideal for a filling breakfast with eggs or sardines

This move provides me with great peace of mind. I know that these root vegetables are packed with amazing nutrients and will keep me satiated for hours. All I need to do is to work around these by adding protein of choice. Already, a huge culinary problem is solved.

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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