Getting enough vegetables into my diet has always been a challenge. I’m not big on salads and raw veggies don’t sit well in my stomach. The other thing is I’m not big on washing and chopping. One day while listening to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross she was interviewing two editors from America’s Test Kitchen. They had recently published a vegetarian cookbook and were talking about their favorite recipes from the book. Roasted vegetables were one of those recipes. What interested me the most is they were talking about roasting broccoli and cauliflower. Two vegetables I hadn’t thought to roast before. I tried it and I loved it. Now I am roasting everything I can get my hands on. I use these roasted veggies as a side dish or mix them with broasted chicken, mayo and spices for a yummy cold salad. This has completely upped my veggie intake and less is going to waste in my refrigerator.
1 bag prepared Brussels sprouts (I will pay extra just to get out of washing and trimming) cut in half
1 – 2 tbsp of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
I cut these little babies in half so I have nice little bite sized pieces. Coat well with the olive oil. If you need more than the amount listed don’t be afraid to use more. The oil will help the veggies to brown and not dry out. Toss with the salt and pepper and place into a roasting pan at 500 degrees. Depending on your oven this will take around 20 minutes for Brussels sprouts. Each vegetable has its own cooking time so keep watch! I do cover with a lid as I roast them but you don’t need to. The lid helps the veggies steam in the pan and thus cook a little faster. Take the lid off for a few minutes to get your veggies even more brown if you’d like.
I was able to get the cookbook from the library to give it a good look over before I decided to buy it or not. I was hoping to get more out of it for my personal diet. Unfortunately, for me, the only recipe I really felt drawn to was the roasted vegetables. This book does make cooking very clear and hard to mess up. This would be a great cook book for newbies.
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