Celery Root Puree with Roasted Balsamic Vegetables

Sweet balsamic coated rainbow carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms are roasted until tender and served on top of a creamy celery root puree.

March feels like this in between balancing act with spring hopefulness, longer, warmer sunny days and the anticipation of lighter meals filled with things like strawberries and asparagus on one hand with the it’s still winter, let’s cozy up with a comforting meal, sweatpants and a fleece blanket on the couch and watch Netflix mentality on the other. 

Such a complicated month.

Sweet balsamic coated rainbow carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms are roasted until tender and served on top of a creamy celery root puree.

At least, that’s what it feels like for me.

This meal lives perfectly in the balance of the two.

It’s comforting and hearty enough to still legitimately fall into the “winter food” category but light enough that it doesn’t weigh you down as you prepare for spring.

Celery Root Puree with Roasted Balsamic Vegetables makes an incredibly comforting vegetarian meal.

The balsamic vegetables are sweetly roasted until that perfect caramelization occurs and balanced with just a slightly tangy vinegar pop.

The celery root puree is comforting and creamy like a mashed potato but lighter and healthier thanks to vegetable broth and Silk unsweetened almondmilk (I love using their unsweetened varieties for all my cooking/baking so I can control the sugar). Guarantee you won’t believe there’s no butter or fat in it. Don’t they look just like mashed potatoes?!

And the pop of micro greens on top will remind you that spring really is just days away.

Roasted balsamic carrots, mushrooms and onions are served on top of a creamy celery root puree.

There are few meatless meals I feel truly satisfied after eating, but this (along with my winter vegetable curry) is definitely one of them.

Try these other easy vegetarian main dishes:

Lightened up spaghetti alfredo
Creamy pumpkin garlic pasta with tuscan kale
Kale feta egg bake

Yield: 4 servings

Celery Root Puree with Roasted Balsamic Vegetables

Sweet balsamic coated rainbow carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms are roasted until tender and served on top of a creamy celery root puree.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the celery root puree

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 cups chopped celery root, peeled
  • 1 cup Silk original unsweetened almondmilk
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the balsamic roasted vegetables

  • 1 pound rainbow carrots, peeled and chopped into 2 inch segments
  • 5 ounces red pearl onions, peeled
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (I used rosemary, tarragon, thyme)
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • micro greens for garnish

Instructions

For the celery root puree

  1. Place the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the celery root, stir to coat in the olive oil and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the almondmilk and vegetable broth, stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook until fork tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Transfer celery root to a food processor, reserving cooking liquid.
  7. With the food processor running, slowly pour in cooking liquid until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

For the balsamic roasted vegetables

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place carrots, onions and mushrooms on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for about 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, herbs and honey together in a small bowl.
  4. Remove baking sheet from the oven, pour the balsamic mixture over the vegetables and toss until fully combined.
  5. Return vegetables to the oven for another 5-7 minutes.
  6. To serve, spoon celery root puree into bowls, top with roasted vegetables and micro greens for garnish.
Silk unsweetened almond milk make a creamy celery root puree base for hearty roasted balsamic vegetables

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

11 Comments

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I can’t stop gazing at these images Gina! So beautiful. Pinning! You really did capture the essence of March and the juxtaposition of the cold temps and spring freshness to come. PS, Did you get your new computer? Are you in love with it yet?

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  2. sam

    This looks amazing! I have been wanting to roast vegetables with a balsamic for quite some time. Do you have a balsamic vinegar that you can recommend? I have been hunting for awhile for one to use on roasted veggies.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      No, celery root is a root vegetable, completely different than celery. It’s at most grocery stores near turnips and such.

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  3. Tanis Hartland-Stanley

    No mention of whether the puree needs to be served hot/warm or completely cooled. If you have left-overs, would it be your preference To serve the celery puree cold, or reheated? I have picky grandkids—so we’re likely to have left-overs. I just would like to know if you have any suggestions/recommendations as to the best way to enjoy said left-over puree so my daughter and son-in-law will have a better idea of their options . Thanks.

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