Meatless Monday Meal Ideas #2

3 Oct

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite cooking techniques. It also happens to be one of the world’s easiest, making it great to try on a Meatless Monday. I am speaking of roasted vegetables.

One of the things many new vegetarians overlook is making a meal from a smorgasbord of veggies. You don’t need to add a slab of fake meat or a bowl of beans to get a satisfying, healthful meal, though you are certainly welcome to do so. If you are protein-crazed, have some hummus on the side.

How does one roast veggies? Like so…

Pick out three of your favorites. My perfect pairing is new potatoes, asparagus, and a portobello cap. Pretty much anything tastes good roasted, however, so don’t be afraid to mix and match butternut squash, cauliflower, corn, onions, tomatoes, peppers, or anything else that tickles your fancy. However, different veggies will cook at different times, so be mindful.

I will use my perfect pairing as an example. Potatoes take much, much longer to soften than the asparagus, so I will often boil mine for a couple of minutes before roasting them. Easy. Of course, you can also just remove the fast cookers earlier while the slowpokes do their thing.

So here’s what you do:

· Heat the oven to 425˚. Clean your veggies and chop them into sizes desired. (I leave the asparagus and portobello whole.)

· Toss the veggies (lightly) with olive oil and (heavily) with whatever spices you like. I throw a minced clove (or five) of garlic in usually, and I will often sprinkle dried rosemary on top. When I’m feeling frisky (always), I add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the mushroom. Juicy.

· Spread veggies on a baking sheet. Line with foil if you’re lazy and don’t like scrubbing.

· Cook for about 20 minutes, or until everything is the consistency you like.

Roasted veggies are delicious, healthy, and ridiculously easy. Experiment with different combinations. Make a lot to reheat or stuff into wraps. They are a tasty, versatile food, and as long as you get plenty, you’ll never miss the meat!

What is your favorite roasted veggie combination?

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