If you want, instead of boiling chicken breast, you can use chicken already cooked advanced (roasted or boiled), calculated that it is always about 250 g.
You can vary the vegetables to your liking and depending on the season: in summer you can use zucchini or aubergines, in winter pumpkin, broccoli or lentils.
The choice of vegetables is not casual. First, they must all have the same texture so that the baking becomes uniform. Also carrots, potatoes, pumpkins and turnips are slightly sweet, perfect to match with honey and thyme.
To cook the beets (but the same method is also used for spinach, etc.) with the only water remaining attached after washing, is necessary to not to soak these delicate vegetables with too much water. They tend to release water in cooking, so it would be a pity to “drown them” in too much water.
This “vegetable” version of the béchamel without milk and butter is designed for those allergic to lactose, but also to vegans and to all those people who can not eat protein for various reasons. If you want to make the classic version, substitute the vegetable broth with 2 liters of milk and the oil with 150 g of butter.
If you want, to give a slightly more “ethnic” touch you can substitute balsamic vinegar with rice vinegar (mirin) and also combine a teaspoon of soy sauce.
The maple syrup is produced in Canada and in the United States. The most famous is that from French-speaking Quebec, but syrup from Vermont or Maine is also excellent.
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