Recipe paleo Cardamom and Coconut Roasted Vegetables-min

Recipe: Cardamom and Coconut Roasted Vegetables

I love filling my plate with a big pile of roasted veggies for dinner. I make them the star of the show, with a side of animal protein and whatever greens I have lying around. I eat roasted vegetables at least 4 times per week, so I have to keep coming up with ways to make them interesting. This recipe is definitely one of my favourites – I love the delicate warmth of the cardamom and how it works so well with the crispy, slightly sweet coconut. I used some of my favourite veggies for roasting here; parsnips, swede and Jerusalem artichokes – but feel free to change up this recipe to suit whatever you have available.

Recipe: Cardamom and Coconut Roasted Vegetables
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  • • 2 medium parsnips
  • • 1 medium swede
  • • 3 / 4 Jerusalem artichokes
  • • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • • 1 tsp honey, melted
  • • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • Saltand Pepper
  • • ½ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F. Peel and dice the vegetables before scattering in a large roasting tin.
  2. Combine the melted coconut oil and honey. Drizzle half of this mixture over the vegetables, setting the other half to one side. Season the vegetables with the cardamom and a generous amount of salt and pepper, before placing on the top shelf of the oven and leaving to roast for 30 minutes. Toss at least once during this time.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the oven before turning the temperature up to 200C / 400F. Coat in the remaining coconut oil and honey, before scattering over the desiccated coconut, ensuring the vegetables are evenly coated. Return to the oven and roast for a further 10 minutes, until golden and crisp.

Recipe paleo Cardamom and Coconut Roasted Vegetables-min

Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot paleo dinner recipe-min

Recipe: Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot

Perfect for those long, lazy Sundays when there isn't anything to do but sit and wallow in the wonderful fragrances spilling out from your oven, this no fuss ‘One Pot’ is about as simple and as satisfying as it gets. The unique flavours of the root vegetables marry together perfectly with the light citrus ‘zing’ – and best of all it saves on the washing up!

Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot Ingredients:

  • 1 medium (approx. 1.5kg) chicken
  • 3 red onions
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 / 4 medium sized parsnips
  • 2 medium sized swedes
  • 3 / 4 carrots
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large handful fresh lemon thyme
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 glass of white wine (or stock / water if preferred)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

 Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot How To:

1)    Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Take your largest lidded ovenproof cooking pot, halve two of the onions and one of the oranges and lay them at the bottom of the pot before resting the chicken on top.

2)    Peel and roughly chop the remaining onion and the rest of your veg. Nestle them in the pot along with the chicken.

3)    Stuff the chicken with the garlic cloves, bay leaves, half of the thyme and the lemon. Squeeze over the juice of the remaining orange and scatter the rest of the thyme into the pot. Season well, before pouring in the white wine / stock.

4)    Cover and bake for an hour, before removing the lid and raising the heat to 220C / 450F / Gas Mark 7. Cook for a further 25 minutes, until the chicken is nicely browned. Baste the meat and stir the veg once or twice if needs be.

5)    Check the chicken if fully cooked through by piercing the breast with a knife. If the juices run clear, then you’re ready to serve. Enjoy alongside your favourite greens or a fresh salad.

Citrus Chicken, Parsnip and Swede One Pot paleo dinner recipe-min