Note: I'll be on the radio this morning at 99.9-FM The Wolf (Portland, Maine), starting around 8:30.
I thought I'd share this recipe with you. It's from my son, Francis Wolff, who lives and does wellness counseling in Los Angeles:
Food Focus: Root Vegetables The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation;
they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables
lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and
mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina, and endurance.
Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady
source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels
like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Since they absorb, assimilate and
supply plants with vital nutrients, roots likewise increase absorption and
assimilation in our digestive tracts.
Long roots include carrots,
parsnips, burdock and daikon radish. Round roots include turnips, radishes,
beets and rutabagas. Long roots like burdock and daikon are excellent blood
purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental
clarity. Round roots are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and
reproductive organs and can help regulate blood sugar, moods, and alleviate
Ingredients: 1 sweet
potato 2 parsnips 2 carrots 2 turnips
or 1 large rutabaga 1 daikon
radish (or substitute/add in your favorites, like squash) Olive oil Salt Herbs (optional):
rosemary, thyme or sage (fresh if possible)
oven to 375 degrees. 2. Wash
and chop all vegetables into large bite-sized pieces. 3. Place
in a large baking dish with sides. 4. Drizzle
with olive oil; mix well to coat each vegetable lightly with oil. 5. Sprinkle
with salt, pepper and herbs. 6. Bake
uncovered for 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown,
checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking.
Note: Any combination of vegetables will work. Roasting
only one kind of vegetable also makes a nice side dish
Third and final note (!): I have a lecture & book signing at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) at Borders Books and Music in South Portland, Maine. Hope to see you there!