|No carbs for you!|
Anyway, Passover is also referred to as "the Atkins Holiday" in my family. It's the time when people in my brood decide to "diet" and go eight days without eating anything with carbs. Well, almost anything. Since we're not allowed to eat bread and other foods that rise, we simply use the holiday as an excuse to eat a crap-load of meat.
Problem: Craig and I don't have the money to do stuff like that. I'm not a huge meat eater anyway (I prefer veggies but I won't go so far as to say I'm a vegetarian), so the Atkins aspect of the holiday doesn't entice me.
Solution: eat more veggies!!
Goal: eat healthier foods this passover! I'm really getting into roasted veggies right now and Passover is the perfect time to make things like a veggie kugel and roasted asparagus. I can't wait to create more!
Stay tuned - this week I'm giving Passover a trial run and posting the recipes. Today's recipe: Maple Roasted Veggies
The trick to this dish is finding veggies that match the sweetness of maple syrup. If it's hard to find maple syrup that is Kosher for Passover in you neck of the woods, use dissolved brown sugar (1 tablespoons).
1 cup frozen carrots
1 cup cubed sweet potato
1 bunch of asparagus
1 tablespoons maple syrup or dissolved brown sugar simple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like spice)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil or olive oil spray
What to do
In a mixing bowl, toss in your carrots, sweet potato, and asparagus. Mix them around. Coat your veggies with olive oil then add your cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. Mix it well.
Place your mixture on to a pan (parchment paper works best for lining but you can use aluminum foil, too). Make sure the pan is large enough so that everything lays nicely in one layer. Put your veggies into the oven - set at 300f - and let it roast for about 30-40 minutes. You don't want to burn the veggies, just roast them. If you notice that you're veggies are turning a little black, turn the heat down.
About five minutes before you take out your veggies, add your maple syrup and place the veggies back into the oven.
This recipe is low in sugar but high in flavor. Enjoy!!