Here is the key to roasted vegetables made easy!
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Roasting vegetables can transform this food group into yumminess that you and the whole family will be fighting for at the table.Check out these tips for roasting veggies made easy from a food service director and avid cook!
Have you noticed that when you eat more veggies, you feel much better? Yes, veggies give us a powerhouse of nutrients sans the calories, plus fiber to keep our digestive system happy.
Roasting vegetables can easily transform this food group into yumminess that you and the whole family will be fighting for at the table. We interviewed Angie Miller from Seattle, an avid cook and director of food service with the Myers Group. Angie shared that one year, she made a resolution to eat more veggies and to try a new veggie every week. She discovered how easy and delicious roasting vegetables was, and that all of a sudden, her kids were magically eating cauliflower, mushrooms and yes, even Brussel’s sprouts.
Angie has the advantage of working with chefs and foodies around the country who love to cook and she has gathered ideas from them on how to perfect veggie roasting. What better person to interview about roasting veggies made easy. Here are Angie’s practical tips and expert advice on roasting vegetables:
Brussel’s sprouts -Wash and dry. Cut in half, toss with oil, salt/pepper and maybe add minced garlic for extra flavor. Roast for 20-25 minutes for charred leaves, 15-20 if you don’t like charred. Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over them after roasting for added flavor.
Asparagus - Break off the woody ends, toss in oil, salt/pepper and roast for 10-15 minutes depending on how thick they are.
Carrots - Using bulk carrots, cut into 2 inch chunks, toss in oil, salt/pepper and roast about 15-20 minutes. If you over roast, they get mushy, but if you under roast they are hard and crunchy. Carrots are amazing - they get sweeter as they roast and are not mushy like cooked/steamed carrots. Baby carrots work too. Many people willingly eat roasted carrots while shunning steamed ones.
Cauliflower - Angie’s favorite - Cut into bite-sized pieces, toss in oil, salt/pepper and roast for about 20-30 minutes. Add some grated or shaved hard cheese like parmesan (not out of a plastic canister) at the last 5 minutes of roasting for a little extra crunchy yumminess.
Broccoli - Cut into bite-size pieces, toss in oil, salt/pepper, and roast for about 10-15 minutes. The broccoli shrivels a bit, but the added crunch is delicious and different than steamed broccoli. You can add pine nuts to the broccoli and roast them together. When done, add dried cranberries.
Roasted Potatoes - Angie prefers red or Yukon gold varieties, but honestly, any potato or squash works for roasting. Cut into one-inch pieces, toss in oil, salt/pepper. Roast for about 20-25 minutes. If cut smaller, roasting time is shorter. She frequently tosses fresh rosemary sprigs in the mix before roasting.
Beets - One of Angie’s favorites. Make them the same way as roasted potatoes. You can get different colored beets. Word of caution - they are a bit messy to peel and cube.
Tomatoes - Cut in half and remove seeds. Lay on sheet pan and drizzle with oil, salt/pepper and any seasoning of choice, like an Italian blend or minced garlic. Roast for about 10 minutes. These can be eaten warm or chilled. You can put them on top of a sliced baguette with a soft spreadable cheese. Angie’s favorites are grape or Campari tomatoes.
Mixed veggies - Mix chunks of onion, red pepper, broccoli, and green cabbage (yes, you can roast green cabbage too!). Toss in oil, salt/pepper. The key is to cut the variety of veggies to roughly the same size for uniform roasting. Add a protein like cooked, sliced chicken sausage or mix with quinoa for an instant dinner. Delicious both hot or cold!
Angie shares that roasted veggies is the main way they eat veggies these days - very simple, fast and they hold up in the refrigerator much longer than fresh veggies. Leftover cold roasted veggies are delicious on salads. If you don’t have the time or desire for cutting veggies, most produce departments have already cut veggies ready for tossing and roasting. Do what works for you!
Angie mentions that canned/frozen corn, green beans and salads used to be a staple at their dinner table. These options have been replaced with roasted veggies and the variety of veggies they eat has expanded. Thanks Angie for sharing awesome practical veggie roasting tips! Roasting vegetables is simple, easy, yummy and healthy!
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