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Roasted Carrots, Beets, Squash, Parsnips, Red Onions & Garlic

Roasted carrots, beets, squash, parsnips, onions & garlicRoasted Vegetables

One of my favorite “go to” recipes and one that my family loves. So easy to make, too. Just a side note: create this dish with the root vegetables of your choice. If you prefer celery root, feel free to add it or substitute it for one of the vegetables mentioned. This is a fun recipe to play around with.

Roasted Carrots, Beets, Squash, Parsnips, Red Onions & Garlic
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Author: Leslie Sansone Williams
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Serves: 4 servings
The hour long cooking process for the carrots, beets, parsnips, red onions & garlic allows the natural sweetness within each vegetable to develop wonderfully. Very little seasoning is necessary. The vegetables really shine in this recipe.
  • 3 whole carrots
  • 2 red beets
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1/2 small shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Peel and cut into 1″ pieces the carrots, beets, squash and parsnips. Place in large bowl.
  3. Cut red onion and shallot into small chunks and place in bowl.
  4. Peel & add garlic cloves to bowl.
  5. Add olive oil, sea salt & pepper to bowl.
  6. Toss to coat contents in bowl evenly with olive oil and seasonings.
  7. Place contents of bowl on oiled cookie sheet.
  8. Place in hot oven.
  9. After 30 minutes cooking time, stir vegetables to ensure even cooking.

Do You Believe You Deserve a Better Life?

Body, mind & soul - time to get healthy!
Body, mind & soul – time to get healthy!

Do you believe you deserve a better life?


You know how it is…one event, one negative thing happens in your day and voila! the whole day seems ruined. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You have a choice.

What do you feed into your mind everyday? Do you listen to music that brings you to a dark place or do you listen to sounds that lift you?

When someone makes a comment that hurts you, do you tell yourself that they’re probably right or do you remember that you are loved by so many people currently in your life?

How do you take control?

As I recovered from the loss of a loved one, I made a choice to seek out what was good for me, instead of leaning in toward the darker side of life. I had to mindfully make decisions all day long that if I wanted to recover successfully, some things would have to change.

So, my music and reading choices changed as well as who I listened to. I began to read my Bible more and used a devotional to keep me on track.

Do you feel that you’re surrounded by dark clouds that simply won’t lift?  Well, it’s time to fight back.

It’s your decision.



What do you do to keep your body in shape? If you’re like me, it’s been very close to zero. Again, it’s a choice we make. We can begin to physical move by making time for walking, lifting weights or cardio exercise or we can stay on the couch.

I’m on a journey to lose weight and move more. My journey began on January 5th with a plan (not a diet!) to eat cleaner, meaning higher protein, more veggies and far fewer starchy carbs which were my total downfall.  The weight is steadily coming off inspite of having to deal with asthma and the meds I have to take to control it. It’s the first time I’ve been successful with an eating plan.  And guess what? I’m not starving myself! Woot!!!

So whether you have some weight to lose or are already at the weight you need to be, it’s time to eat better.  It’s time to take care of that beautiful body of yours.

What will you change first? Will you make a plan to move a bit or will you analyze your current eating habits and begin to change one thing at a time? Today’s the day to begin.



Where are you with God? He desires to speak with you daily. He loves and yearns to communicate with you. It’s important to take care of the spiritual side of your life. In fact, it’s the most important part of your being.

Simply begin by praying and speaking to the Lord. Next, open your Bible and turn to either Provers, Psalms or the book of John. God’s Word is the Living Word. While you’re reading, allow Him to impress upon you what he desires for you. Spend time with Him everyday.

“Jesus Calling” is a wonderful devotional to use in your everyday time alone with God. It can be ordered online through Family Christian bookstores or Lifeway bookstores.


Remember, you are worth this journey to good health, but good health takes in all of the above. Let’s do this together! You’re so worth it.