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DO YOU HAVE A HEALTHY COOKING QUESTION? WW SENIOR FOOD EDITOR LUCY KELLY IS HERE TO HELP.
QI love roast potatoes in winter. Are there other vegetables I can roast that are 0 Smartpoints with a similar taste and texture? And what’s a good Program-friendly way to cook roast vegies without the traditional glug of olive oil?
Ilove roasting vegies. Unfortunately all the vegies that have that starchy texture, like potato, sweet potato and parsnip, have Smartpoints. But I love mixing up a whole lot of 0 Smartpoints vegies, such as onions, carrots, pumpkin, capsicum, eggplant, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, in a large bowl. Toss with just a little extra-virgin olive oil (you only need one tablespoon for four people) or a light spray of oil, season with salt and pepper and add more flavour with fresh garlic and rosemary, oregano, thyme or spice mixes.
Roast beetroot are delicious. They have 0 Smartpoints value and a more substantial taste and texture than other vegies. To prepare them, use disposable gloves and peel with a vegetable peeler, trimming the tops and tails. Quarter and place on a square of foil. Season with salt, pepper, crushed garlic, fresh or dried thyme and olive oil spray. Wrap in foil and bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 40 minutes. Serve them instead of roast potatoes with a Sunday roast, or for lunch in a warm salad with baby spinach leaves, crumbled goat’s cheese and crushed walnuts.