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Friday, January 13, 2012

Beef Roast with Winter Vegetables | Family Economics

By Erin

Roast with Winter VegetablesGone are the days of summer, the abundance and lower costs of fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ve come to appreciate the importance of eating seasonally over the past few years. Until five years ago, I hadn’t lived in a climate that has actual seasons. Because of this, I didn’t pay close attention to changes in the produce because the produce stands and section in the grocery store were abundant year round.

But now that I pay closer attention to the pennies I spend at the grocery store, eating seasonally and making the most of the best priced vegetables is at the top of my grocery budget priority list. And that means winter vegetables are a staple in our house these days.

Winter vegetables include potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, kale, cauliflower, broccoli and artichokes. There are three simple ways to incorporate these winter vegetables into an easy meal plan that fits your family’s time and budgets.

1.    Roast – Simply peel and toss the vegetables with a beef roast or pork roast in a medium sized roasting pan. Roast at 400 degrees for one to three hours, depending on the size of the meat. You want a meat thermometer to read at least 145 degrees. (See recipe below.)

2.    Slow Cooker – Same concept as the roast, just cooked in the slow cooker. The flavor will be slightly different because of the different cooking method, but it will still be delicious. Cook the same recipe below in a 6-quart slow cooker on low for 8 to 10 hours.

3.    Soups – Potatoes and squash work beautifully when cooked with some broth and then puréed and combined with heavy cream. (See Triple Squash Soup.)

Beef Roast with Winter Vegetables

Ingredients

•    1 2 lb. chuck or round roast
•    2 cups baby carrots or carrot sticks
•    2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
•    4 medium sweet potatoes
•    1 acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
•    1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
•    Drizzles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
•    Salt and pepper

Directions

1.    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.    Place the beef roast in the center of a medium sized roasting pan. Toss the carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and squash around the beef roast. Season with Italian seasoning, then drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top.

3.    Cover the roasting pan and place in the preheated oven. Cook for about two hours, depending on the size of the roast. Insert a meat thermometer and cook until 140 degrees for medium to 165 degrees for well done.

If you prefer a juicier, but less crusted roast, cook it at 325 degrees for about three hours, or until the meat thermometer reads 145 degrees, for medium-well.

Serve beef roast with winter vegetables as is, or with simple side salad. Makes four to six servings.

What’s your favorite winter vegetable? And how do you prefer to cook it?

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