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12 Days of Alternative Vegan Festive Food Ideas: Za'atar and Pomegranate Glazed Parsnips

A massive thanks to Sarah Britton of My New Roots for the inspiration for this festive recipe! Gone are the days of bland British vegetables! We love adding Middle Eastern flavours wherever we can and it was Ottolenghi who first properly introduced us to all the possibilities of herbs, spices and sauces that have helped transform vegetables that often have a boring reputation or are seen as underdogs. We would include parsnips in this category. Quite often, these wonderful root vegetables are only seen at a Sunday roast or at Christmas and can be lack lustre or too predictable- is anyone bored of maple or honey glazed parsnips yet?!

 

With this delicious dish we think you'll want to start using parsnips a whole lot more. Once again Za'atar is the magical ingredient used here to really elevate the parsnips. Pomegranate molasses and juice pomegranate seeds help to enhance and bring out the natural sweetness of the parsnips. 

 

 

 

We encourage you to spice up your Christmas and holiday cooking this year and don't just stick to tradition! There's a world of interesting and untapped flavour combinations out there that will inspire you to approach your vegetables in an entirely new way and make eating more of them a pleasure rather than a chore.

And now for the recipe!

Roasted Parsnips with Pomegranate Glaze & Za'atar

Ingredients:
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp olive oil
2 pinches of flakey sea salt
8 medium parsnips, scrubbed but nor peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
Seeds from one small pomegranate
Za'atar for Garnish
Instructions:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 fan. Whisk the pomegranate molasses, olive oil and flakey sea salt together in a bowl.
Scrub the parsnips and cut them into large wedges. In a bowl, toss the wedges with a little olive oil, the minced garlic, salt and pepper. Spread them out on a large baking tray and roast for 30 minutes until tender.
Put the roasted parsnips on a platter and drizzle with the pomegranate glaze, a generous sprinkling of za'atar and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy immediately served warm for the best results and flavours!