Root Vegetable Bake

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This fall version of a delicious root vegetable bake is so easy to make and  you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand. But, even more important than the ease of the ingredient substitutions is what you can do with this bake…
I believe that food is the perfect way to create bonds, relationships, serve others, etc. It’s not just that a person might physically need food, it’s that food offers much more than nourishment to the body, it offers nourishment to the soul.
My mom is a quiet person. She is shy (until you get to know her), but regardless she is genuine. I grew up watching her and my dad silently serve those around them. Most often they did so without the person or family they were serving knowing. I like that. It was never about a show, it was just making sure that they were doing their part to care for those in need. Often I would see my mom slaving in the kitchen and then driving half an hour to take someone a meal, only to turn back around and come straight home. I love how she observes what’s going on around her and then acts accordingly. No one ever has to ask, she just does. I learned at an early age that we always have a moment to give to those around us. I knew that serving others brings joy and peace and that it also helped my family stay balanced. If you are always mindful of others it makes it much more tricky to become selfish and caught up in your own life.
There are two things that you can do to make a difference. The first involves bullying and a special video I want to show, and the second is with Pyrex and what you can do in your own neighborhood.

So, let’s just get into it. My little one has been experiencing bullying at school. Apparently it’s quite bad in the school this year. It makes me angry. It breaks my heart. And it really makes me want to push for a change. I was totally bullied growing up, especially because of my religion. I’ll never forget some of the means things that kids did and said to me, but I choose to be better because of it, and to make sure that my child wont ever treat others that way.

 

This video has been everywhere, but I was so proud of this woman for standing up and saying something. Guess what folks, I guarantee that the parents are not doing enough. Sorry, it’s the truth. I believe that bullies come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Yup, trust me, I know an adult bully and I actually feel so sad for her. It’s insecurities that can cause bullying sometimes and it’s so sad. But, it’s taken me a long time to feel sad for the adult bullies.
Children see what you are doing, saying and how you treat others. We cannot be so blind as parents, and adults that we think that until bullying happens to our children we don’t need to bring it up. We must teach everyone, including other adults around us that everyone deserves respect regardless of their differences. EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT. Period.

Join Me In Standing Up Against Bullies

 

So, I’m asking that we all make a resolve to talk with our children about bullying. Help them to know that you love them, that they have worth, and that treating others with disrespect is never ok. I realize a lot of us are trying to raise good children, but we live in a day and age that we have to talk about these things early. And may I add, that if you ever witness any bullying please say something. A fellow parent told me about bullying they witnessed last week and the other adults just stood there and IGNORED IT. Not ok. We have to do something.

Observe and Then Act

 

My second soap box of the day 😉 is about serving. It is far too easy to be blind to what is going on in our neighborhoods, but I guarantee that more is going than you realize. The more we get to know those around us the more that we realize how much everyone is struggling in one way or another. It’s certainly easier to work on everything you are personally struggling with, but I love that my parents taught me that if I am struggling I should look to help others.

 

So, these pyrex bowls are awesome because you can bake right in them and then they have lids for each bowl that keeps the perfect seal. See if there’s anyone in your neighborhood that has had a long day, could use some extra love or a little service and set out to provide a meal for them.
This meal happens to be a great one because it’s not expensive to make, and you just throw it all together to bake. As you can see in the picture, we made our own plus a second to serve to the neighbors. I know, you’re busy, trust me, so am I, but don’t wait for someone to ask for help, just go and do. I promise you will feel good for doing it, and you never know, you could be the answer to silent prayers.

Root Vegetable Bake

Root Vegetable Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato (A real sweet potato is the shape of a yam, but it has white flesh), peeled and chopped into 1″ squares
  • 1 Yam, peeled and chopped into 1″ squares
  • 1 Large Russet Potato, peeled and chopped into 1″ squares
  • 2 Chicken Breast, chopped into 1″ squares
  • 1 Onion, peeled and chopped into 1″ squares
  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped into 1″ squares
  • 1 Tablespoon, (or 2 Teaspoons dried,) Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon (or 2 Teaspoons dried) Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt, more to taste at the end
  • 2 Teaspoons Pepper, more to taste at the end
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, shopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss all of the ingredients in a large bowl and place in a large baking dish.
  3. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until all veggies are tender.

Enjoy!

*The best part about this dish is you can use whatever veggies you want as well as whatever herbs. I wish I had rosemary and thyme to add)

Nutrition Information

Yield: serves 6-8, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 289 Calories
  • Total Fat: 17.7g
  • Cholesterol: 27.8mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22.6g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Sugar: 2.4g
  • Protein: 11.3g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

 

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Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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18 comments on “Root Vegetable Bake”

  1. I was bullied A LOT in elementary and middle school, and those were the worst years of my life-so much so that I can barely recall most of those years, due to me blocking out the bad memories. I think it is so important to take action against it. All anyone ever told me was “ignore it” or say that it was my fault for drawing attention to myself. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing some more attention to this issue!!

  2. This recipe looks fantastic!! I love Fall and all of the flavors!! Great post about bullying… very poignant as a new mom.

  3. I hate that your sweet girl is being bullied. I experienced it my entire childhood… And even now at times. I talk with my kids all the time about it. It would break my heart if one of them ever treated someone rudely. I hope things change soon…

    This recipe looks relish, btw!

  4. I totally loved that newscaster and how she told that punk what's up. I have three daughters and I am always so worried about how sensitive girls are to others rude comments. But the truth is, if they are confident and love themselves then they can stand up to anyone. And it all starts at home, every single day when we help build up our children and love them for all their fun little quirks and goofiness. 🙂

  5. Yes! My 7 year old is very aware of bullying, and we talk about it often. I do have to say his school does a really good job of teaching the kids about all different kinds of bullying.

  6. Great post! I'm so sorry your little one is getting bullied! Ugh! Kids are so mean these days, these parents need to step up and teach their kids how to treat others. Hope things get better soon. xo

  7. I love root vegetables and could have them all winter long 🙂 Great recipe… pinning this one!

  8. Great post! And what a topic to tackle! Very important! 🙂 (thanks for such a good recipe too!)

  9. Love this post, Cariann! Both topics are so important to discuss with our families, especially our children. (Also, your daughter is beautiful!!!)

  10. I love this post. standing up for oneself is important. bullying is one of those subjects that's very near and dear to my heart. it's what i fear for my children when they go to school. it's a cruel world out there and i know how mean kids can be. i'm so glad that you posted this and are taking a stand! xoxo

  11. Great post Carrian! And this just looks great!

    I think I need some photog tips from you and Deborah when we get together:)

  12. Well said, lady! 🙂 PS – this root veg bake looks delicious!!

  13. Thank you for sharing this, the video was really moving. It is amazing how cruel people can be, & that from pre school to high school to the workplace — it never goes away. But it IS a choice, a choice we all make over & over again. Our words & actions have power, it's high time we used them for good.

  14. Yes, yes, yes! It's so important to stand up for yourself, and to teach our young people to do the same. This is an amazing post, Carrian!

  15. Always discussing the bullying aspect – so important to treat everyone with respect. Thanks!! Can't wait to try the recipe!!

  16. Great post, thank you! As a mom to little ones my husband and I often talk about what it will be like when we send our kids to school and how upset we get at what some kids go through and not wanting our children to experience that. Why some parents don't take more action in speaking with their kids about this topic blows my mind. I'm so glad you shared this post to bring more awareness to this topic! I love this recipe too! It's a perfect cozy fall meal!

  17. Such great topics. And with how bad bullying has been getting, I'm so scared for when my daughter gets a little older. I just hope that I can teach her to be a fried to everyone!

    This sounds so delicious – I know my family will love it!

  18. 2 great soapbox topics! I talk to my kids all of the time about bullying – both about being and doing. And I have a neighbor meal planned for today. Have a FAB day!