In the spirit of adventure, we just joined TrustedHouseSitters. It’s a website that connects house sitters with home/pet owners, such a great idea. House/pet watchers (like yours truly) get a free stay at a home away from home. And pets get to relax in the comfort of their own homes!
We’re always looking for money-saving travel methods, so of course we had to join. We just completed our first stay in lovely Eagle, Colorado! Enjoying a couple lovely dogs is never a bad trade-off for relaxing in the mountains for a weekend. Our weekend pals were Hagrid, a huge 9 month old Bernese mountain dog, and a sweet old silver lab, Eva.
So of course we had to watch a Harry Potter, hanging out with Hagrid and all. To accompany our Saturday night movie, we cooked up our roasted pears and parsnips recipe. Deliciously healthy and in season! Our favorite combination. Very similar to carrots, parsnips are an often over-looked vegetable. Here’s to giving parsnips a second look!
Enjoy this fall-inspired side with a protein (pork, chicken, fish, or beef). Or to keep it vegan, add chickpeas and spinach to create the perfect fall salad!
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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – GandalfPrint
You’ll love this parsnips recipe. Combining with pears, they create fall in a bowl. Sweet and savory, this side pairs nicely with pork, chicken, fish, or beef. Vegan/vegetarian? Add chickpeas and spinach for a great meal!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3-4 medium (1.5 lbs) parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
- 3 pears, cut into 2-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing: Our 5-Minute Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (Ideally with “the mother” – unfiltered. Get in those beneficial bacteria!)
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Preheat: Set oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bake: Toss parsnips and pears with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread out on a lined baking sheet and roast for ~30 minutes or until parsnips are fork-tender.
- Dressing: While the parsnips and pears roast, prepare dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a jar or bowl and shake or whisk until combined.
- Combine: Pour dressing over roasted pears and parsnips, garnish with additional thyme and enjoy!
SERVING SUGGESTION: This is a great side dish for most proteins (chicken, fish, beef, etc.), but goes especially well with pork. Serve with a protein and side salad. Or add chickpeas and spinach for a vegetarian meal!
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