Changing Climate, Changing Appetites: Beets


6 beets, peeled and cut into thick wedges
3 medium onions, cut into wedges
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and then into thirds
6 medium carrots
2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Scatter vegetables across large, shallow and heavy-bottomed roasting pan.
3. Sprinkle with salt, ensuring even distribution
4. Pour olive oil over vegetables. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
5. Roast, stirring and turning every 10 minutes, until vegetables are well caramelized.
Makes 6 servings. Nutrition analysis per serving: Calories, 192; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 26g; High in copper, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Approximate cost per serving: $1.48. Active prep and cooking time: 15 minutes; largely passive cooking time: 45 minutes. Planning: Produce: beets, sweet potatoes. To have on hand: extra virgin olive oil, salt, onions, carrots.

Changing Climate, Changing Appetites: Chickpeas


19 ounce-can chickpeas, drained
3 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste
1/3 cup tahini
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 medium carrots

1. Place all ingredients except carrots in workbowl of food processor. Process until smooth. Taste; adjust seasonings.
2. Peel carrots; cut into sticks.
Serve hummus as a dip or as a sandwich spread. Use to thicken soups.
Makes 6 servings. Nutrition analysis per serving: Calories, 259; Protein 9g; Carbohydrate 29g; High in copper, phosphorus and Vitamin A. Approximate cost per serving: $1.25. Active prep time: 15 minutes. Planning: Pantry: chickpeas, tahini; produce: lemon, garlic, carrots. To have on hand: extra virgin olive oil, salt. garlic.



Changing Climate, Changing Appetites: Lentils


2 cups large brown lentils, soaked if required and drained
1 onion, finely chopped
Olive oil (about 1/4 cup), divided
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed
2 onions, sliced into half-moon shapes
6 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted to aromatic
3/4 cup whole-milk plain greek yogurt*


1. In a large pot, boil lentils in a fresh portion of water to cover for 45 minutes (add more water if needed).
2. At the same time, put rice on to cook in 2 cups of boiling, salted water.
3. In the meantime, fry the chopped onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft and golden. Add it to the lentils.
4. Fry sliced onions in 2 tablespoons very hot oil until they are dark brown and sweet – almost caramelized.
5. Serve the lentils atop the rice in a large, shallow dish, garnished with fried onion slices, with toasted pine nuts and plain yogurt as accompaniments.
– Adapted from “A Book of Middle Eastern Food,” by Claudia Roden
Makes 6 servings. Nutrition analysis per serving: Calories, 467; Protein 20g; Carbohydrate 63g; High in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin B6 and folate. Approximate cost per serving: $1.24. Planning: Pantry: pine nuts. To have on hand: (buy large quantities): extra virgin olive oil, salt, onions, carrots, lentils, brown rice (store in freezer).
*Yogurt is not calculated in the analyses.