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Roasted Veggies - Aren't these pretty?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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?

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  • DNJEN471
    I love roasted peppers and onions- thrown over rice. So yummy!
    2628 days ago
    Have you ever tried broiling? Set your oven to broil and put the veggies on the top rack. I often do asparagus, bell pepper slices, mushrooms, halved cherry tomatos, etc and it goes much faster than regular baking. Depending on the veggie and how crunchy you like them, they can be cooked in 10-15 minutes, and the broiler leaves a beautiful roasted coat over them.

    Purple cauliflower?! I have never tried that before but I'll take your word for it that it's tasty! Good for you for trying so many new things! :)
    2630 days ago
    I agree I liked the roasted broccoli, I mean cauliflower, whatever, the best. It was really taste and very purple.
    2631 days ago
    Peppers and I add them to anything! I'm going to look for a purple cauliflower! Thanks for the info! emoticon
    2631 days ago
    Peppers and broccoli! :)
    2631 days ago
    They look delicious! For the fall and winter, I enjoy roasting root vegetables: Carrots, beets, sweet potato and turnip. Cut them into chunks, salt, pepper, olive oil and some maple syrup!
    Bake them on high heat until they're tender. They are sweet and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. ENJOY!
    2631 days ago
    Brussels Sprouts, beets and whole cloves of garlic with some fresh rosemary and thyme with the olive oil, some sea salt and pepper. Yumm-O!

    And your story is inspirational! Keep up the great work!
    2631 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wonderful and beautiful blog. I am going to have to try as the cooler weather is coming. emoticon
    2631 days ago
    I like roasted carrots and roasted green beans. I put garlic with the green beans and they're yummy. I slice the carrots thin so they cook quicker. I don't like to wait for my food, either!
    2631 days ago
    It all looks so delicious! emoticon
    2631 days ago
    I like your idea of mixing brown rice with salsa!
    2631 days ago
    wow awesome blog! I am going to try that! I actually do mushrooms..whole mushrooms, same things on top but just roast for about 20 minutes (a little sprinkle of paremesean cheese on them are yummy too!) I am going to try the egg plant!
    2631 days ago
    Yummy, yummy, yummy! never thought of roasting cauliflower! Have you tried roasting whole heads of garlic? Great, nutty flavor!

    I will have to try the parsnips. Thanks for that too! I roast lots of veggies, including Brussels sprouts, together - check out my page for a pic.

    You can also slice the eggplant in long strips and let it crisp up like chips. Just be careful not to burn. They are great with a horseradish may dip. A little dip goes a long way!
    2631 days ago
  • PATTK1220
    I love roasted root veggies. Try putting some spicy peanut sauce in your rice. It's really lovely with the nutty taste of brown rice. I often use it as a condiment on steamed veggies, too.
    2631 days ago
    I love roasting summer squash. I also roast all kinds of peppers, let them cool and use them thru the week. We grew lemon boy tomatoes and they have a hint of lemon taste to them. Nice addition to the salad. Our goal has been how colorful can you make a salad. Thanks for sharing. Not an eggplant lover but I will try the parsnip instead of fries for my sweet tooth kid.
    2631 days ago
    That all looked really good. My daughter and I keep deciding we are going to try eggplant, even bought on a few times, but had to throw it out because it sat for too long. Maybe we will try for one more time!
    2631 days ago
  • 1THING
    I love roasted root veggie, they are too good.
    2631 days ago
  • CATHRINE2010
    liked the fact you can eat purple cauliflower thought they were only lawn ornaments
    2631 days ago
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