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.

Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Another one of our wonderful Facebook fans shared this delicious “healthy recipe!”

Things needed:

  • Chicken: 8 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • Cooking spray


  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of salt


Preheat grill to medium-hot using both burners.

To prepare chicken, loosen skin from breasts by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine salt and next 4 ingredients (salt through chile powder); rub under loosened skin.

Turn left burner off (leave right burner on). Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Place chicken on grill rack over right burner; grill 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Move chicken to grill rack over left burner. Cover and cook 35 minutes or until done, turning once. Remove chicken from grill; discard skin.

To prepare sauce, combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk.  Serve with chicken.

Nutritional Info

  • CALORIES 252 (25% from fat)
  • FAT 6.9g (sat 1.3g, mono 1.4g, poly 3.4g)
  • PROTEIN 34.4g
  • FIBER 0.6g
  • IRON 1.5mg
  • SODIUM 536mg
  • CALCIUM 26mg

(As seen on

Weight Watchers 2 Point Gumbo

Things You Will Need:

  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts(cubed)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tbsp oregano
  • ½ tbsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt


Boil chicken in water until done.  Set meat & broth aside.  Toast flour in a large dry skillet, stirring constantly, until deep brown(about the color of a penny).  Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan & sauté vegetables & garlic until soft.  Add toasted flour & mix well.  Add broth slowly, mixing well.  Add cubed chicken & spices.  Cover & simmer on low for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add rice & simmer another 30 minutes. 

Makes 8 servings (about 1 ½ cup per serving).

Weight Watchers Points: 2 per serving

You may also add 1 can diced tomatoes & 1/4tsp red pepper flakes for extra flavor.

May substitute white rice for brown rice, if desired.