Healthy and Savory Oven Roasted Winter Vegetables

Check out this healthy, anti-oxidant rich recipe submitted by Southern Plastic Surgery patient and Life After the Fight member JoAnn Stegagno.  JoAnn is a personal chef who specializes in preparing anti-cancer and healing recipes through her company Dinner’s Ready!

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Oven Roasted Winter Vegetables

Servings: 8
1- 1/4 pound(s) rutabaga
1 pound(s) carrot
1 pound(s) onion
1 pound(s) yam, fresh
15 large garlic cloves, whole
7 sage leaves. fresh, whole
4 rosemary sprigs, fresh
4 tablespoon(s) olive oil


  • Place a large roasting pan in oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Peel rutabagas, carrots, onions, and yams.
  • Cut vegetables into large pieces (make yam pieces larger than the other vegetables so they will cook faster.)
  • Place vegetables in a large bowl with whole, un-peeled garlic cloves and fresh herbs. Mix well.
  • Separate out the herbed yams and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil.   Toss yams in the olive oil to coat and set aside.
  • Drizzle remaining 2 tbsp olive oil over the herbed rutabagas, onions, and carrots. Toss to coat well.
  • Remove heated roasting pan from oven. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan and place herbed rutabagas, onions, carrots, and unpeeled garlic onto the pan (keep yams separate).
  • Season mixture with salt and pepper.
  • Roast vegetables for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and add herbed yams.
  • Return pan to oven and roast vegetables until tender when pierced with fork (about 30 to 40 minutes) stirring occasionally with a spatula.

Discovery of Plant-based Collagen Source May Increase Cosmetic Procedure’s Popularity

Exemplified by our previous blog posts and specials on the subject of dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables, Dr. David Whiteman has seen recent, exponential growth in facial rejuvenation patients.   Injections of the hyaluronic acid based Restylane®, Juvederm®, or Perlane® products work to revitalize the body’s collagen production abilities and fill facial depressions, like wrinkles and scars, to make you look younger.  These fillers were developed as an alternative to collagen injections, (derived from human and animal sources) which fell out of favor because of their high cost, allergic reactions and, to some, ethically questionable sources.
Earlier this month, scientists and researchers out of Hebrew University in Jerusalem replicated human collagen from standard tobacco plants which could signal the beginning of resurgence in collagen’s popularity. As described above, collagen is a complex protein found naturally in the human body’s connective tissues that gives skins a plumped, youthful appearance.  Just as with the skin’s moisture and skin elasticity, the amount of collagen in one’s skin decreases with age.
Now that collagen can be produced from such an abundant, noncontroversial source, cosmetic surgeons all over the world have begun to realize its potential including the plant-based material’s ability to reduce wrinkles and patch up scars . The technology is already being marketed in Japan, Europe, and Israel.   American-based cosmetic treatment manufacturers project that this discovery, along with the price decrease the plant-collagen’s ease of production is likely to bring, will only boost the treatments frequency.
Dr. Whiteman is hopeful about this news, and at Southern Plastic Surgery, we look forward to a rise in collagen injection procedures. Southern Plastic Surgery offers a wide array of facial rejuvenation procedures and will expand our menu as this technology continues to advance.
To learn more about the facial rejuvenation packages and non-surgical skin care packages available through Southern Plastic Surgery contact our office, visit our website, or join us on Facebook and Twitter.