It’s no secret that I’m a pretty avid vegetable fan. My favorite way to cook them? Why roasting them of course!
If you’ve never been a huge fan of veggies or have struggled to get them on to your plate, I’m going to make one simple recommendation – throw them in your oven. Roasted veggies bring out the natural flavors vegetables possess and may make you a veggie-loving convert yet.
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And if this is the year you plan on embracing a sustainable way of eating or are looking to get back to basics, discovering ways to prep veggies so that you’ll actually eat them is a pretty important task.
Never roasted your vegetables before? Follow these quick and easy steps:
Step 1: Preheat your oven and step away. Before you grab the olive oil or begin chopping up your vegetables, be sure to turn on your oven. You’ll want to preheat it to 400 degrees F. Do it first so that your oven temperature is on point when its time to throw your veggies in.
Step 2: Grab a bowl and some olive oil. As your oven heats up, you’ll want to set the stage for your roasted veggies. Grab a medium sized bowl and add a Tablespoon of olive oil.
Step 3: Chop your veggies & toss ’em. This is where the fun begins. Chop your vegetables into even sized pieces. Keep in mind that the smaller you chop them, the shorter your cooking time will be. Once they are chopped, add them to your bowl, sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper, and toss! You want your veggies to be well coated. If needed, add another Tablespoon of olive oil.
Step 4: Line a baking sheet. Cut down on kitchen clean up by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly distribute your veggies in a single layer on top of the paper.
Step 5: Place your vegetables in the oven. After you’ve lined your baking sheet, place it in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Be sure to stir your veggies every 10 minutes or so and adjust total cooking time as necessary. Depending on the type of vegetables you are cooking and size, you may need to cook for a shorter or longer time.
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Step 6: Top with your favorite fixings. From herbs and spices to flavorful cheese and nuts, you can enhance the flavor of your roasted veggies in a variety of ways. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Just remember to keep it simple and look for fixings that will add nutritional value. After all, its important to make each food count!
Fixings can be added after the vegetables are removed from the oven.
Step 7: Eat those beautiful vegetables! Serve up those roasted vegetables and enjoy. Don’t be surprised if you are overwhelmed with your new love for these tasty morsels.