Autumn Vegetable Medley with Rosemary and Nutmeg

Any leftover vegetables from this recipe can easily become the base for a soup or stew. Just brown beef stew meat, and add a little beef broth

1 (9-ounce) fennel bulb with stalks
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1 1/2 cups (1-inch-thick) slices parsnip
1 1/2 cups (1-inch-thick) slices carrot
1 tablespoon Blood orange olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
Cooking spray
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425°
2. Trim tough outer leaves from fennel. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise discard core. Cut each half into three wedges. Combine fennel and next ingredients in a large shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with cheese if desired.

Yield: 6 serving (serving size about 3/4 cup vegetable mixture).