Guest contributor: The Chefanies

It’s spring and and we’re taking full advantage of (SPA WEEK! and…) the fresh vegetables appearing at the market. Asparagus is rich with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are great for your body inside and out. It also contains a ton of Vitamin A, which is proven to benefit the skin. It’s what retinoid face creams are derived from.

In this super easy recipe we roast three spring veggies and toss with a quick arugula pesto for a winning side dish. This dish would go great with a spring lamb, roasted chicken, or piece of salmon and would also be a great addition to a pot luck or dinner party.

Roasted Spring Vegetables with Arugula Pesto

Ingredients:

4 cups red new potatoes, 1 to 2 inches in diameter, halved or quartered depending on size

4 cups baby carrots

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds

5 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

For the Pesto:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup baby arugula for garnish

1 clove garlic, peeled

5 cups baby arugula

1/2 cup finely shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

Position two oven racks on upper third and lower third of oven and preheat to 425 degrees.

Toss potatoes with 2 teaspoons of oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast in lower third of oven for 5 minutes.

Toss carrots with 2 teaspoons of oil and spread on another baking sheet and roast in top third of oven for 15 minutes after the first 5 minutes that the potatoes have been roasting.

Toss asparagus with remaining one teaspoon of oil, add to the baking sheet with the potatoes and continue roasting all veggies for 8-10 more minutes until asparagus is tender.

To make the pesto:
Mince garlic in food processor. Stop and add arugula, cheese, pine nuts, 1/4 oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until combined.

Toss the roasted veggies with 1/3 cup of pesto and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and serve.

The Chefanies is the blog of 2 Stephanies cooking up a healthy storm using fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients. We focus on everyday cooking that is impressive enough for entertaining and hearty enough to enjoy solo. Go to thechefanies.com for more!

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