Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year; hopefully you enjoyed it with friends and/or family. With all the turkey and traditional fixings a wholesome veggie-filled curry is a delicious way to add some variety to your meal rotation this week.
Fall is one of my favourite times of the year- scarves, sweaters, the bite in the air first thing in the morning, pumpkin everything, and all sorts of squash and root vegetables! Because they are in season, fall and winter are the best time of the year to explore and try new kinds of root vegetables. Root veggies include yams, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips and carrots. But, aren’t yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? No, they’re not.
Sweet potatoes are usually orange in colour, but can be a lighter yellow, white or purple. The skin resembles that of a potato, and they can be large and round or longer with tapered, pointy ends. Yams are usually white, and have a much rougher textured skin. Typically, grocery stores sell sweet potatoes under both names. Because of their deep orange colour, sweet potatoes are higher in beta-carotene, an important nutrient for maintaining healthy vision.
This fall veggie curry is a fantastic way to enjoy a variety of vegetables. Dishes like this are great when you have to do a fridge clean out, and use up food that might be nearing the end of its life span. Chop up, and toss in whatever veggies might be calling your name. For harder vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, or beets, add it at the same time as the sweet potato; for softer vegetables, such as peppers, zucchini, celery and mushrooms, that require less cooking, add them near the end.
Eat Right Ontario has a great article on ways to include these delicious veggies into your weekly meals, and they provide some insight into why they make great additions to a healthy diet.
What are your favourite fall vegetables to cook with?