Sweet Root Casserole with Dried Fruit

Traditional Chinese Medicine


This dish is wonderful medicinal food for the cold season. In five-element theory all ingredients are considered warm, hot or neutral. During the winter months neutral or warm foods are preferred combined with hot spices/herbs. All ingredients that are used in this dish are readily available during the wintertime. It is always better to eat vegetables of the season and that are locally grown e.g. most root vegetables and fruits that can be stored from fall to spring.

2 medium sweet potatoes

3 parsnips

2 carrots

1 small yellow onion, sliced into wedges

5 pitted prunes, halved

¼ cup unsweetened dried cherries

1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and julienned

½ cup orange juice

1/8 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup vegetable stock

½ teaspoon arrowroot powder

Twist of grated nutmeg

Sea Salt

(Serves 4)

Preheat Oven to 405 degree F

Chop Sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots into 1-inch chunks and place in 9×13 inch casserole. Add onion, prunes, cherries and ginger and toss to evenly distribute ingredients. In separate bowl, combine orange juice, maple syrup, lime juice, arrowroot, nutmeg, lemon zest and salt. Whisk to combine ingredients and pour evenly over vegetables. Cover with foil and bake 60 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil and baste. Return uncovered casserole to oven and bake another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, toss vegetables again to recoat with sauce and serve.

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