Sweet potato for the win
Lately, my son has been loving sweet potato. He'll eat all of his, all of mine, the backup sweet potato I made and still ask for more.
So while he's on this sweet potato kick, I find that mixing up the rest of his meal is a good way to get him interested in foods he's gone off lately.
2 that he's been ignoring are turkey and peas. But when the sweet potato runs out, he's actually been more likely to eat the rest of his meal.
I also like this combination as it easily combines macros, and it can all be chucked in the oven at one time to minimize the work. And if you haven't tried oven cooked peas, then now's the time!
Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato and Oven Cooked Peas Nutritional Stuff
Turkey is a lean source of protein and packs plenty of iron too. Go for the dark meat to add some fats as well.
Sweet potatoes are my favorite baked veggie. They're a great source of complex carbs and fiber but also have lots of vitamin A and beta carotene. These aren't found in many foods but are great for healthy skin and good eyesight.
Besides being a good protein and complex carbs source, peas also provide a fair amount of vitamins B1 and K. They also have some anti-inflammatory properties.
Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato and Oven Cooked Peas Preparation Tips
My favorite thing about this meal is that ingredients go on a tray, in the oven and when time's up, dinner's ready. Make sure you lightly oil the tray (or line with baking paper) before it goes in though.
In case you don't have these exact foods at home but want to make this quick, easy, and balanced meal, no worries.
You can substitute turkey for another poultry (e.g. chicken), sweet potato for a starchy vegetable like carrots or plain potatoes, and peas for another legume like lentils or beans. You probably won't be able to bake lentils or beans but just cook them real quick and add to the meat and veggie.
Have you ever made oven cooked peas?
Salted Garlic Crunchy Roasted Peas
- 2 cups frozen green peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F
- Rinse the peas in cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
- Spread the peas in a single layer on a stainless steel baking sheet (you don't need parchment paper if you have a good quality stainless steel baking tray).
- Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and lemon juice over the peas.
- Mix the peas thoroughly with your hands, ensuring each pea is coated.
- Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, giving them a good mix after 20 minutes.
- Once golden and crunchy, your roasted peas are ready to be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.