Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone is (not) laboring, and has the day off work to take it easy and enjoy the end of summer! I, for one, am working, but hey that’s ok.
This weeks crockpot recipe was kind of a test – I wanted to see if I could “roast” vegetables in the crockpot. I had a butternut squash, and some sweet potatoes, and I decided to see if they would cook up in the crockpot. I must have been in a fall mood, because I added some apple juice.
Result – delicious!! The apple juice really flavored the vegetables wonderfully, and they turned out great! They were a little mushy, but it turned out to be a great side dish! I would definitely do this again – it was a quick and easy way to cook some root vegetables. Honestly, I get butternut squash a lot, but half the time I just leave it on the kitchen counter because I don’t have the time to cook it in the oven. So this was definitely a winner for me!
As I was cutting the sweet potato, I started getting excited for my potatoes! I didn’t plant any sweet potatoes this year, maybe next year! Here are my potatoes right now -
Soon I’ll have to see what is inside those containers!!
Apple Infused Root Vegetables in the Crockpot
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1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 medium beets, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup apple juice
salt and pepper to taste
Peel and dice the squash and sweet potato. I took a picture of 2 sweet potatoes, but I only used one because it was so big!
Do the same the beets – peel and dice it, and add to the crockpot. I used some beets from our farmers market. Isn’t this so cool – my beet is smiling!!
Add the apple juice, and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours – I cooked mine on high for about 4 hours and they were done perfectly. To test for doneness, just poke with a fork and see if they are tender.
I added some chopped sunflower seeds for some crunch on top.
Can you spot the beets?
Simple and delicious!
Got any plans for Labor Day? Enjoy your day, whatever you are doing!