‘The BEST’ OVEN-Roasted VEGETABLES!
CHANGE THE WAY YOU ROAST VEGETABLES: For goodness sake! After making over 1,000 meals with roast veggies, I started experimenting and made some modifications. I knew I had a winner when I got huge compliments for my ‘new’ roasted vegetables. It is still my all time favorite veggie recipe! One reason is that it’s so easy to make! At a dinner party, one of my friends proclaimed “These veggies are so good. I cant believe how good they taste!” The potatoes are crispy, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. The red peppers were especially a big hit. I have been asked to share this recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it!
1 medium potato* (any kind), cut into 1 inch cubes
1 yam* peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 carrot and/or parsnip peeled and sliced into 1 inch slices
6 brussels sprouts
1/2 head garlic, cloves separated and skins removed
2 large shallots, peeled and quartered ( sweet or red onions )
2 red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut lengthwise into 1 inch strips
1/2 cup Calamata olives, pitted
2-4 tablespoons olive oil ( more oil, the better )
2 sprigs of FRESH Rosemary or Thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black
* If you decide to leave the skin on large tubers before roasting, wash and scrub well. Soak in cleaning vinegar for at least 15 minutes before chopping.
- Preheat oven to 450 F degrees(232 C ) and prepare vegetables.
- In a large bowl, toss potatoes, yams, carrots and brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt. Add to roasting pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes
- Add garlic and shallots to the pan and toss with the other vegetables. Roast for 20 more minutes
- Add chopped bell pepper and olives to the pan and sprinkle with black pepper. Add 2 rosemary sprigs on top of the vegetables. Return to oven
- Cook for 20 minutes longer until vegetables are nicely browned but not charred. Because the peppers are only cooked in the last 20 minutes, they are still juicy, tender and tasty. As all oven temperatures vary, please check the vegetables as they roast.
TIP: Make sure you use FRESH ROSEMARY (or thyme – if you don’t have rosemary on hand ). Rosemary needs to be fresh, or not at all. When chopping vegetables err on the larger, chunky side. You can always substitute/add your favourite veggies. Keep in mind THE 20 – 20- 20 MINUTE ‘Roasting’ Rule: The firmer vegetables go in first. Then, add the onions and garlic with the most tender vegetables in the final 20 minutes: mushrooms, green tomatoes, peppers.
1. I add baby turnips if they look especially fresh and small at the market that day. As you know, this recipe bakes in 3 BATCHES. The hard root vegetables are roasted first.
2. The softer onions and garlic are next in the next 20 minute intervals.
3. In the third and final stage, the lighter, succulent vegetables are added. Friends ask me how my roasted peppers stay so juicy and tasty? They are only roasted for the last 20 minutes. The peppers add such a great flavour and sweetness to the mix. Try the black olives. If you are not a fan, just leave them as the flavour is very complementary to the mix. Please try them before you pass judgement.
The great aroma for these roasted vegetables comes from the garlic and shallots along with the rosemary of course. HINT: Use up what you’ve got. Look in the fridge and pantry and roast it!
THE POWER OF ROOT VEGETABLES
The starchy root veggies will satisfy your sweet tooth. You not only feel fuller afterwards, weight loss benefits prevail.
From their high-fiber content to their many nutrients, root vegetables boast a long history of medicinal and dietary uses. These vegetables can be served cold as well. They sell these cold at those expensive gourmet shops. Cooked and then cooled potatoes (as well as quinoa, barley and rice). All have resistant starch. Resistant starch burns more slowly and helps you lose weight. They appear to help you burn fat up to 24 hours later. Why? No one knows. But what is known is that once resistant starch gets to the colon, your body ferments it and produces an anticancer agent called butyrate – yet another health benefit.