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How To Make the Best Fresh Root Vegetable Stir Fry

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During the summer and early fall, fresh vegetables are plentiful. Whether you buy them on sale at your local grocery store or find some at the farmers market, vegetables such as corn, tomatoes and lettuce are easy to use in hundreds of dishes. 

However, later in the year, it can be harder for many to find uses for the freshly harvested vegetables. As fall turns into winter, many people will start seeing root vegetables in their grocery stores, at their farmers markets and in CSA shares . However, these hard, subterranean vegetables are loaded with nutrients and can be just as delicious as more popular vegetables. 

One of the easiest and best ways to turn a bunch of root vegetables into a tasty meal is to make a stir fry. Here are a few tips to help you make the optimal root vegetable stir fry in your Oster® Electric Skillet

Root vegetables can be the perfect addition to dinner. Root vegetables can be the perfect addition to dinner.

Know Your Root Vegetables 
Most root vegetables are exactly what they sound like. They're the roots of plants which can also be consumed as vegetables. Others, such as tubers, aren't technically roots but are still considered "root vegetables." 

Root veggies are typically starchy and tough, but can be delicious when cooked. Here are a few of the most common root vegetables you may run into in the U.S.: 

  • Carrots 
  • Potatoes 
  • Beets 
  • Turnips 
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Ginger 
  • Sweet potatoes.

Clean 'Em, Peel 'Em and Cut 'Em 
Because root vegetables literally grow underground, if you buy some at a farmers market, they'll likely be caked in dirt. Many of these vegetables are typically peeled, like potatoes, before being used in a dish, while others, like carrots, may not be. Either way, it's smart to thoroughly wash your vegetables before cooking with them. You may need a brush.

Wash and cut your carrots and parsnips. Wash and cut your carrots and parsnips.

It's also a good idea to cut, shop or slice these vegetables before using in a stir fry because many are thick and can take a long time to cook if left as is.  

Find the Right Herbs and Spices 
Root vegetables are sweet and starchy, so you may want to add different flavors to complete your stir fry. Herbs and spices are typically the best way to go. 

Start off by adding a little oil to your electric skillet on MEDIUM heat. Then include some of your root vegetables and your favorite herbs. Salt and pepper are the most common seasonings, but you can also include rosemary, minced garlic, ginger, dill, curry or anything your taste buds desire. 

Complement Your Veggies 
It doesn't have to just be root vegetables in your stir fry. Include other vegetables that will complement the meal, such as onions or broccoli. If you want to add a little more protein, consider including some lean chicken or sliced steak. 

If you're making a vegan meal, stick to the vegetables and serve with a hearty serving of rice or quinoa. 

Get Creative 
It's not just salt and pepper that can make a great stir fry. Many people are choosing to include maple syrup and other fall flavors to sweeten it up a bit. Think creatively about this dish - there's no wrong way to make it.