This recipe is the perfect way to celebrate the bounty of fall and winter produce. The two root vegetables partnered with Anjou pears (green or red) are beautifully enhanced by the addition of fresh ginger and thyme. Present this at your next holiday gathering and be prepared to have guests swooning!
3 medium-large beets, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 large sweet potatoes, diced into 1 inch cubes (peel or keep skin on, either works)
2 green Anjou pears (ripe but still firm)
1-2 tsp fresh thyme
Salt to taste
1-2 tbsp Avocado oil or olive oil
1-2 tsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine beets, onion, garlic, ginger, salt and about 1 tbsp avocado oil. Toss so veggies are well coated in oil. Spread beet mixture evenly on baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.
- While beets are baking, combine sweet potatoes, pears, thyme, salt, and remaining oil in bowl.
- Add the sweet potatoes and pears to the baking sheet and mix to combine.
- Place mixture back into the oven and roast for an additional 40-50 minutes. Toss mixture halfway through baking.
- Add more salt to taste after cooking, and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy warm or cold – it tastes delicious either way!
Recipe development and photography by Alexandra Aldeborgh (@daisybeet).
Fall is in the air, and all types of fresh pears are arriving at local grocers. This pear and quinoa pilaf makes a healthy and filling side dish or lunch. I love finding new ways to use quinoa, and roasted carrots and ginger make a wonderful savory contrast to the honey sweetness of the pears in this dish. Try this recipe with small and colorful Seckels if you can find them, but if not, any firm-ripe pear will do!
2 cups multicolored carrots, medium dice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 ¼ cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
Half an orange, zest and juice
6 firm-ripe Seckel USA Pears (or substitute 2 large pears), sliced or diced
¼ cup roasted and salted pistachios
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the diced carrots in a small baking dish and toss with the olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until soft and lightly browned on the edges. While the carrots roast, place the quinoa, broth, and ginger into a medium saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 8 – 11 minutes, or until quinoa is just tender. Uncover and allow any extra liquid to evaporate, stirring often. Remove the quinoa from the heat.
When the carrots come out of the oven, stir them into the quinoa along with all of the remaining oil from the roasting pan. Add the zest and juice from the orange half, the pear slices, and the pistachios. Stir together gently and season to taste. Serve the pilaf warm or allow to cool—the combination is wonderful served at room temperature as well.
prep time: 30 minutes
yield: 6 servings