So yesterday, I went to every grocery store in town and then a few in other towns. I arrived home with a car full of food, to which the BOY replied. ‘Why do we need all that food? It’s Passover…won’t we just eat my mom’s leftovers?’
Welcome to my world people!
Last night, I got started on my Passover baking with some Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies and Banana Bread. The banana bread just might be how I survive the week! I also made a batch of Date and Almond Truffles. And let’s not forget a large batch of Matzah Toffee.
That left the heartier foods for today. I started with everyone’s favorite Fruit Compote and then got started on the veggies. I was considering roasting a huge batch of asparagus, but instead decided to try something a little different.
I went with Citrus Honey Glazed Vegetables, a recipe I found online. This recipe has a few of my favorite veggies (sweet potato, carrot, and parsnips) and a new (to me) veggie, orange beets. I found these guys to be super dirty and challenging to transport (they made a huge mess in my shopping cart), but in the end I had a beautiful, yet fairly monochromatic, array of diced vegetables.
I followed the directions for my glaze and since I didn’t have a big enough bowl, I used a huge Dutch oven.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that I am a good tosser and did not get everything coated evenly. This left a lot of citrusy honey on my second baking sheet, which not surprisingly burned, instead of glazed.
My other and luckily larger pan turned out well though and so there are more than enough veggies to share at tonight’s dinner. I did toss the veggies with Kosher salt throughout as I felt they needed a little extra flavor.
I’m hoping that everyone likes this new Passover side! If not, I also made a Matzah Kugel with addition of some of my Israel seasonings!
This is the kind of recipe that you can easily add into your rotation of sides year round and you certainly don’t have to be celebrating Passover to enjoy!
Citrus Honey Glazed Vegetables
2 large sweet potatoes – about 2 lbs total
3 large yellow beets (about 1 1/2 lbs total)
1 lb carrots
1 lb parsnips
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp orange juice
2 tsp grated orange zest
Salt and pepper
Place racks in the upper third and lower third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with foil. Cut the vegetables into 1 1/2-inch chunks.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, olive oil, orange blossom water or orange juice, and grated orange zest.
Place the cut vegetables into a large mixing bowl and toss them with the honey mixture till evenly coated.
Spread the vegetables out evenly across the two cookie sheets, making sure to leave space between the vegetables. Don’t overcrowd the pans. Sprinkle the vegetables lightly with Kosher salt and black pepper.
Cover both sheets with another layer of foil. Place the sheets into the oven. Let the vegetables cook for 35 minutes. Halfway through cooking, uncover and stir the vegetables, recover, then switch the baking sheets on their racks.
After 35 minutes, uncover the baking sheets and stir the vegetables again gently. Allow the vegetables to roast another 10-15 minutes till they are glazed and caramelized.
Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve warm. These vegetables can be made ahead early in the day, then reheated in the oven or microwave just before serving.