Keeping That New Year’s Resolution With Quick, Simple, Tasty Veggies You’ll Love!

A few months ago, I had no idea how to roast vegetables. It sounded like a real pain. Now, it’s become a staple of mine for meals.

Why? Because it only takes about 5-10 minutes to toss everything onto a pan and then it basically cooks itself, leaving me with a healthy, low cal, high fiber accompaniment to any meal. And I can reheat the leftovers the next day.

You don;t even have to know much about veggie or which is better for you than another. The fact your eating veggies is a real positive. For me, I use turnips and sweet potatoes as part of my mix as added sources of fiber and a little sweet taste, not to mention all the other benefits.

Below are some starter ideas of veggies/roots, etc to try. You only need a little of each veggie ( 1 zucchini, 1/2 onion, a handful of mushrooms- that kind of thing. There is no wrong or right-pick what you like). Choosing a few different veggies gives a nice flavor or color variety. Cut them in about 1 inch chunks- don’t worry about being neat or perfect.

veggies2Step 1: Pick your veggies/ roots and cut them into 1-2 inch chunks.

 

 

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Step 2:  Toss onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet,

Step 3: Spray them lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt. I stop there, but you can sprinkle also with any herb you like (such as rosemary, thyme, or basil).

Step 4: Toss into the oven at 425 degrees F. Check at ~ 35 minutes for tenderness. If done, take them out. If not, given them another 5-10 minutes.

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That’s it. Honestly. Simple, yummy.

 

 

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Picks 3-4 to start: 

 

  • Sweet potato
  • Turnips (my favorite replacement for white potatoes- less carbs, great fiber)
  • Red onion
  • garlic- toss whole, peeled cloves around the other veggies. They cook buttery soft.
  • Eggplant
  • zucchini
  • shallots
  • leeks
  • carrot ( I use baby/mini carrots and just toss the whole thing on the tray)
  • cauliflower*
  • Mushrooms (whole or chunked)*

*For these- toss them onto the tray after about 15 minutes so they cook, but don’t either burn or get real dry. I usually put them in the whole time because I’m lazy, but you may not want to cook these as long.

That’s it! Give it a try.

 

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