Monday, October 11, 2010

sab's roasted vegetables medley

motivational speaker: roasted vegetables medley

this weekend, my roommates and i marked the arrival of fall with an early halloween dinner party. i decided to give roasted vegetables a chance, i was hoping they would turn out as yummy as the ones my coworker had made for a potluck earlier in the week.
i reviewed a few recipes to get an idea of where to start. some recipes suggested using all root vegetables in light of fall, while others added other year round veggies packed with vitamins. i decided to go with a large variety of vegetables for flavor and color.

interestingly enough, i am usually one to enjoy eating vegetables prepared 'simple' - for example, a simple stir-fry of cabbage and garlic is right up my alley. these roasted veggies would be my first attempt to make 'american-style' vegetables. needless to say, i was both anxious and skeptical of how they'd turn out.

20 minutes of prep time, 40 minutes of baking, and 450* degrees later, i had myself a delicious medley of roasted flavorful vegetables.


Sab's Roasted Vegetables Medley

2 heads of broccoli - cut up
1 yellow squash - sliced
1 zuchini - sliced
1 russet potato - cubed
1 green bell pepper - cut into 1 inch squares
1 red bell pepper - cut into 1 inch squares
1/2 large red onion - cut into 1 inch squares
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup cut fresh basil (approx. 2 full stems of leaves)
3 cloves garlic - minced
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp chili flakes (or to your taste preference)

Preheat oven at 450*. Toss cut and sliced veggies in a large mixing bowl with olive oil, vinegar, fresh basil, garlic, pepper, salt and chili flakes until coated. Place veggies into metal 13X9 baking pan lined with foil. Roast vegetables for 45 minutes. Let cool and serve warm.


and here's lunch!

Roasted vegetables medley over thin spaghetti and marinara.

food lesson: tasty food doesn't always have to come with a guilt trip. colors can be as appealing to the tastebuds as they are to the eyes!

life lesson: don't be afraid to combine a few unappealing elements together for something that could surprisingly work, you may just encounter a masterpiece!

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