October 16, 2010...6:11 pm

Carrots, friends and other roots

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This fall has me thinking a lot about roots.

Last weekend I made my favorite autumn roasted vegetables (recipe below).  These are a staple in my house during the fall, and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful root vegetables that are available this time of year.

According to the theory of , the energetic qualities of food affect both our spiritual and physical health.  Beyond the calories and nutrients that are in our food is the energy that went into growing, picking, cooking and preparing it.  Root vegetables are very grounding.

What else in your life is grounding?  This fall has found me connecting with my roots.  A meeting brought my back to the University of Maryland’s campus, which I haven’t visited since I drove away the day after my graduation six years ago.  A wedding brought me back to Atlanta, where I spent one wonderful year following my time in undergraduate school.  And as a wonderful birthday gift, my father hosted me and my two best girlfriends (or should I say three…Gianna, who is almost 1 and pictured above, is a new addition to our trio), in August.  There is nothing like my best girlfriends to remind me where I came from and where I am going.

Where are your roots?  What roots do you miss that have you not connected with recently?  Take some time this season to get back in touch, and ground yourself with what really matters.

Autumn Roasted Vegetables

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop up 4-6 cups of any of the vegetables below:

Carrots – cut into large chunks, or baby carrots

Parsnips – cut into large chunks

Broccoli – cut into large pieces

Cauliflower – cut into large pieces

Red onion – cut into thick slices

Eggplant – cut into two-inch cubes

Potatoes – cut into large chunks

Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, a few minced garlic cloves, and a dash of balsamic vinegar.  Place in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.  Can be served hot, room temperature or cold.

 

Take advantage of your farmer's market before it closes for the season!

 

 

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