Monday, March 30, 2009

simple roasted vegetables pretty spring colors.

We eat these at least once a week, in varying combinations depending on what's in the fridge and what I've picked up at the farmers market. Sometimes I toss in cubes of tofu for a little protein or make quinoa as a side, but mostly we just eat these straight out of the oven with a pile of simple salad.

And I swear this is SUCH an easy dinner. If you're focused, you can peel and slice/cube everything, plus make the simple saucey mixture in 20 minutes. Then you just dump everything onto a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20-30 minutes at 375°. Which means the kitchen is clean and table is set by the time the vegetables are ready.

Last night I used:

Baby carrots
Unnamed hard squash from our yard

I love roasting things that are not normally considered roast-worthy. Soooo delicious.

Peel, slice, cube all vegetables and deposit in a large mixing bowl.

On the side whisk (in whatever quantities sound good to you):

olive oil
smashed garlic
cumin seeds
fennel seeds
sea salt
chili powder
a little water for volume

Or add other herbs and spices you prefer, of course. Actually this is really good with just a simple sprinkling of olive oil, garlic and salt.

Dump the mixture onto the vegetables and toss to coat well. THe dump the vegetables onto a foil lined cookie sheet and pop the whole thing into the oven. You'll need to mix the vegetables a few times while they're roasting, but other than that they require little supervision.

I like to finish them with chopped fresh herbs, maybe a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper.



Joslyn said...

this looks Amazing!

abby jenkins said...

I love roasting veggies. My latest obsession is cauliflower, carrots and onions with sumac my step-daughter brought back from a trip to the middle east. Great depth of flavor. I'm hungry and want to paint that photo of the veggies you posted. Thanks!

jamie said...

i got a TON of radishes from our CSA and i didn't know i could roast em. thanks!!!

Lisa said...

This is one of my favorites too. I like to do cauliflower and potatoes and serve with a bit of hummus and fresh tomato and cucumber.

Branch Banking and Trust said...

One of my favourite things is mushrooms. I usually sautee them first in a little bourbon until it's all cooked out, and then I chuck them in with the rest of the veggies! Such good flavor.

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