Ever thought about what’s in season in March? Well it’s definitely Spring here, the flowers are out in full force and the winter jackets have been put back into storage. But even though the cherry blossoms are in bloom, not much is being harvested from the veggie gardens. Luckily, we still have access to all the delicious storage vegetables from last year. Those parsnips, carrots and beets have been kept cold in cellars for us all winter so we can still enjoy last seasons bounty while we wait for the new years crop.
“Root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, potato and onion can be stored all winter long and are great additions to any winter or early spring dish.”
I love this guide from Get Local BC which shows what’s in season each month. It even extends to seasonal seafood and meat and dairy. Lucky for us kale and mushrooms are pretty much always in season. To create this dish, choose your favourite seasonal root vegetables, roast them and serve on top of barley. For a gluten free version use quinoa.
This recipes uses a Kale Pesto Recipe which I created for my Winter Kale Pesto Whole Wheat Pizza. This time I chose to make it vegan by using 1 tbsp. white miso paste in place of the parmesan cheese. The entire Kale Pesto Recipe will likely be used for this Roasted Vegetable Bowl Recipe but if you have any spare, it goes great on toast!
Recipe for Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley
Recipe by: Rachel
Time to Finish: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Ingredients for Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 sweet potato or yam
1 large beet
1 large red onion
3 tbsp. fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
10 cremini mushrooms
3/4 cup green or brown lentils
3/4 cup pearled barley*
*make it gluten free by using quinoa in place of barley
**make it vegan by using 1 tbsp. white miso paste in place of parmesan cheese
Method for Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the vegetables by first washing them and removing the skin from the sweet potato or yam and beet. Chop all the vegetables into 1.5″ cubes, except for the onion and mushrooms which can be thickly sliced. Place the carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, onion and beets into a bowl and drizzle with 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add the 3/4 of the rosemary and season with salt and pepper and mix well so all of the vegetables are well coated. Place all these veggies on one tray if they will fit and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring them at least one during this time.
Next put the mushrooms in the bowl by themselves, drizzle with the remaining salt and pepper, the rest of the rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms on a separate try, ideally spaced enough so they aren’t touching each other. Mushrooms need less time to cook, Put them in the oven about 20 minutes after the rest of the vegetables. Roast them in the oven for 20 minutes or until they are nice and tender.
Once the vegetables are baking, prepare the barley. To do this place the barley in a saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until all of the water has dissolved.
To cook the lentils, first rinse them really well and pick out anything that doesn’t look like it belongs in there. Put the lentils in another saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until all of the water has dissolved.
To prepare the Winter Kale Pesto, see recipe here.
Check the vegetables and make sure they are done. To assemble the dish, evenly distribute the barley into 4 bowls. Top with the baked vegetables, lentils and a nice serving of the kale pesto. Done!
Nutrition Information for Seasonal Roasted Vegetable Bowl with Kale Pesto, Lentils and Barley
Calories 590 cal
Saturated Fat 4g
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