Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Simplest of Simple: Roasting Veggies

The other day my manager gave me the cutest little baby carrots straight from her garden! A nice size ziplock bag full. I roasted them up and served them as a side with dinner. A super easy, super fast dinner, Chicken caesar salad and roasted carrots. It sounds pretty boring doesn't it? Yeah well, it could be kind of boring, bif these carrots weren't so flavourful and sweet. You totally forget you're eating a nothing fancy, run of the mill, week-day meal. Who said delicious has to be fancy?

Start by pre-heating your oven to 425 degrees F. Then wash your veggies, especially if they've come straight from the dirt like mine did. If you're using a large veggie like grown-up carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, I don't know what else, cut them into sticks, and peel them if that's your thing. I didn't do either of those things.

Next, line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. You don't need to do this, but it saves washing the baking sheet later. Major plus. Throw your veggies on the baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them, not a lot, just a bit. You'll probably be able to tell what's enough. After I do that I toss and roll the veggies a bit, usually with my hands. You could do this in a bowl, but then you'd have to wash a bowl.

Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper plus a seasoning or two of your choice. In this case I went with dried marjoram, which is a lot like oregano. Parsley, rosemary, garlic salt, thyme, chipotle, or dill would be yummy options too. Go with what you have on hand, what you like, what you think goes together. Can you tell yet that this isn't really a recipe?

Put your veggies in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip them over and cook for about another 10. that's it! serve with dinner, or eat as a very delicious snack! The first time I gave Mitch roasted carrots prepared this way he thought he was eating sweet potato fries, crazy right?

yes, those are from-frozen chicken strips. I said this was super-easy, remember?

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