Sometimes, when I get home in the evening my brain is like a washing machine on the spin cycle – Nick says I need to learn to meditate properly. At times like these, food is just not a priority. At other times, I can literally feel so tired that I would almost rather starve or simply guzzle down a few crackers than cook anything. Having a quick and healthy recipe up your sleeve for those moments is a godsend. Make that a delicious salad with the low-calorie, mineral-dense (lots of iron, calcium and manganese) benefits of celeriac and a pile of green beans and you are winning. The moment I get this salad piled on my plate, the brain slows down and the energy levels rise. Phew.
Now, celeriac. It is probably not going to be found in every supermarket; I just went to get some from my Sainsbury’s Local (where they do usually have it) to find none on the shelf. The truth be told, I reckon a lot of people are quite freaked out by this vegetable but I am going to put it out there and say that it is my all-time favourite little root – and yep, I do think it deserves the crown of… best ever vegetable! It does look kind of odd but once you have a play around with it you will realise that there are SO many incredible things to do with it, not just this Roast Celeriac, Green Bean & Orange Salad. As a result, my rule is that any time I go shopping and I see one, I buy it. I recommend you do the same – without turning your fridge into a celeriac shrine, that is! I am going to post a Celeriac Remoulade recipe soon (the BEST addition to any salad) and there are so many other options too: celeriac gratins; celeriac soup; chunks roasted up in your salads or even pureed with your Sunday roast. The list is endless and always delicious. Deliciously Ella even has an insanely good recipe for Celeriac Fries – check it out.
So there are three steps with this Roast Celeriac, Green Bean & Orange Salad – roasting, steaming and dressing-making. The roasting can be done well in advance – perhaps on a Sunday evening or of a quiet weekday. Wang it in the fridge and it will keep for 3-4 days. Otherwise, you can roast the celeriac fresh; it only takes about 20 minutes, so you can just bash it in the oven and get it out of the way.
Steaming the beans takes two minutes and the dressing is just a quick whisk away.
There you have it, a quick, easy and super healthy recipe for dinner.
If this recipe does not tickle your fancy, perhaps my Sweet Potato, Turmeric & Ginger Soup might do the trick.