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Traditional holiday roots

One of the tastiest dishes for Thanksgiving will be one that incorporates sweet potatoes or yams.

Try this delicious alternative to the super sweet dishes that use marshmallows and lots of butter. The sweet potato is just that; sweet; so, it doesn’t really need all the added sugars and is just as tasty.

This dish is very simple to make, mixing all the ingredients together and then baking.  It is packed, nutritionally, with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

Lisa B. Smith, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Southern Ute Shining Mountain Health and Wellness.

Holiday Roasted Root Vegetables


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into bite sized cubes
  • 4 carrots, cut into slices
  • 1 cup prunes, pitted
  • 1 cup dried apricots, cut in half
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 T Butter
  • Other optional veggies to try: turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, beets, cut into bites sized pieces


  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine
  2. Place in a baking dish prepared with cooking spray
  3. Bake at 350 uncovered for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Dish is done when easily pierced with a fork and is “caramelized”

Makes 12 Servings

Nutrition per serving:

Calories 141, Fat 2.2g, Protein 1.5g, Carbohydrates 30g, Fiber 4g


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