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What I Love Now

28 Oct

I love roasting vegetables, I don’t know how I ate veggies before discovering this amazing form of cooking- o wait, I avoided stand alone vegetables back then. If it wasn’t mixed in with something else or a green bean I was like not into it (think valley-girl speak). Well ever since roasting vegetables rocked my world I have been regularly enjoying a bounty of delicious and nutritious vegetables. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy seasonal favorites roasted, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, Brussels sprouts,  etc the possibilities are endless!

I personally used to hate carrots until I started roasting them and now they are one of my go-to sides. Carrots have a ton of vitamin A which is great for sight. Brussels sprout? Yea, I avoided that like the plague until about a year ago because frankly, I thought they were weird and smelled a little funny. NO, its not true, they are delicious and crazy nutritious. Brussels sprouts have chemicals called indole-3-carbinol which may help to prevent cancerous cell growth. I will literally eat these leftover roasted sprouts all by themselves, even cold right out of the fridge. Butternut squash is so amazing when it’s roasted, it is definitely my favorite way to cook it. Butternut squash is insanely difficult to cut up (so purchasing chopped and prepared fresh packages is great) but they contain a ton of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and potassium.

Roasting vegetables couldn’t be easier also, see below for my tips.

Carrots

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For carrots, I either trim them and then cut them into planks like you can see above or I will halve them and make them into chunks about 2 1/2 inches long. I try to lie them flat in the baking dish so that everyone will cook evenly. I usually toss them with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of salt and pepper, place them in a preheated over at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until softened and in some places browned.

Brussels sprouts
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For Brussels Sprouts I like to trim their ‘stem’, remove any unsightly or yellowed leaves, then cut them in half and rinse them using a colander. I toss them with salt and pepper and olive oil as well and try to have them all in a single layer. I place them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes as well, they should be tender (you can stick a fork in it) and browned where the olive oil coated them.

Butternut squash
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For butternut squash I peeled the skin off, then chopped the squash into smaller even pieces. tossed with salt, pepper, a dash of nutmeg, and olive oil. Roasted them in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until tender (check by sticking a fork in it).

Roasting is easy since you literally just cut things up and put it in the oven, no occasional stirring or keeping your eye on it which frees you up for other cooking tasks. Hopefully you will start loving roasted veggies and up your intake of these valuable nutrients.

The Veg Project: What’s For Dinner?

27 Mar

Since Stephanie & I began The Veg Project (a three week challenge of becoming Pesco-Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians) we have spent quite a bit of time texting each other about what we are eating for our meals. At first when thinking about becoming a vegetarian people tend to say “so I guess I can only eat vegetables” and then picture themselves sat down in front of a dinner plate with a measly stalk of celery as their taste buds die off one by one- this is not so. Conversely there are those that think their life is going to be one pb&j after another until the bitter end- also not true. There are so many awesome things that can be made vegetarian and this is especially true I find for Pesco-Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians because they can still eat seafood, dairy, and eggs.
Some of the things I have been making or ordering include: vegetable lasagna, egg & cheese quesadilla, black bean veggie burritos, shrimp & fish tacos, seared scallops with sautéed spinach and roasted Brussels sprouts, corn, peppers, & jack cheese stuffed portabello mushroom caps with roasted sweet potatoes, spinach salad, bean & cheese burritos, baked salmon, veggie chili, & of course my ‘everything’ veggie pasta sauce, just to name a few. br />
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