I keep reading and hearing about how wonderful roasted vegetables taste and yet the amount of time they need to cook has put me off from trying them. (Often 30-50 minutes in the oven!)
Well, I finally decided to do it and go all out!
First up I bought some eggplant.
I sliced them, and then drizzled on olive oil, salt, pepper, and a mix of other spices.
Baked in the oven preheated to 400 degrees for 14 minutes per side.
These were okay, but definitely very chewy. Then again, the recipe I used said they would be! Here it is dipped in my favorite condiment – mustard!
Next up I bought a parsnip. I have never had one before and I really loved it raw. It’s like a carrot, except a bit sweeter.
I cut it up into pieces and did the same thing (drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper, and other spices).
Cooked for 40 minutes at 400 degrees, tossing them around every 10 minutes or so.
I actually didn’t like these. They were way too sweet. Probably why I still haven’t tried sweet potato fries. I don’t like my French fries to be sweet! A very strange thing since I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. But some foods just need to be savory.
Next up was a purple cauliflower Aubrey spotted at the farmer’s market.
Isn’t it pretty?
Covered with the usual suspects. Roasted at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (although I will probably do it longer next time).
This was my favorite! I can finally understand why people like roasting so much! Although…I don’t know if I would do it on a regular basis as I truly am that lazy when it comes to cooking when I want to eat!
While the cauliflower was roasting I stir-fried a mixture of other veggies with some fresh garlic and olive oil.
Added the stir-fried veggies and roasted cauliflower together with some brown rice on the side.
I later decided I truly love brown rice mixed with salsa, even if it doesn’t quite fit with the mood of the rest of the meal. It is simply the best way to eat brown rice!
It was a great meal and filling. Although I realized later I should have cooked up some edamame (which is still sitting in my freezer after buying it weeks ago) for some protein. I will try it one day, I promise!
Have you ever had roasted veggies? Do you have any favorites that I should try?