Roasting foods is a healthy cooking method that enhances the flavor without overloading you on fat and calories. To roast vegetables, you should toss them with a small dab of olive oil and then season them with your favorite herbs and spices. That’s the basic method and once you have it down, you can roast just about anything. Here are some mouthwatering choices to get you started. You’re going to love this, I promise!
1. You Can’t Go Wrong with Whole Carrots
If you tend to eat carrots raw with ranch dressing, it’s time to broaden your horizons and try something new. Roasting whole carrots is super easy and the sweet flavor really shines when you cook them. Place the carrots on a large piece of foil, drizzle them with oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over them. Roast at 450 degrees until the carrots soften and turn golden brown. Yum!
2. Cabbage is New and Exciting when It’s Roasted
Never had cooked cabbage? You are totally missing out! Coleslaw is something I’ll never give up eating, but once you taste roasted cabbage, you may never want to go back to eating it any other way. Cut the cabbage into wedges and roast it wrapped in foil so it doesn’t break apart and fall through the grates. Roasted cabbage is heavenly seasoned with caraway seeds and seasoned salt.
3. You Will Love Roasted Brussels Sprouts
I agree that Brussels sprouts can be pretty bitter. Roasting them helps bring out the best flavor and cuts down on the bitterness. You can roast smaller Brussels sprouts whole, but it’s better to cut the larger ones in half first. I like to roast my Brussels sprouts in a roasting pan to keep them from rolling all over the place. Garlic and butter is the perfect seasoning for this tasty veggie.
4. Bell Pepper Are Tasty and They Roast up Really Fast
Bell peppers are packed with vitamin C and they taste really good when they’re raw, but they also taste good cooked. Cut the peppers in half, remove the seeds and core and season them with onion salt and black pepper. Roast them for several minutes at 450 degrees until they begin to char. Serve the peppers as a side dish with grilled steak.
5. Sweet Potatoes Make a Great Alternative to Regular Spuds
You probably know that sweet potatoes are a superfood so you know you should be eating them. The orange flavor indicates that the veggie is packed with carotenoids and antioxidants that support many aspects of your health. Slice the sweet potatoes and spray them with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper and roast the sweet potatoes until they soften. Yum!
6. Any Kind of Squash Roasts up Really Well
Whatever kind of squash is your favorite, you can bet it will roast up into a tasty side dish. Try roasting slices or wedges of zucchini or summer squash. You can also roast acorn squash when you cut it in half, add butter to the cavity and season with salt and pepper. Roasted spaghetti squash is one of the best things you’ll ever taste.
7. You Might Be Surprised at How Yummy Roasted Tomatoes Are
Most people only eat tomatoes raw or as pasta or pizza sauce. If you’ve never tasted roasted tomato salsa, your life is about to change. Roast the tomatoes whole until they are slightly charred and soft. Place the tomatoes in the blender with garlic, salt, pepper and jalapenos and puree. Serve with corn chips. Tasty!
What veggies do you like to roast? What’s your favorite way to season them? Do you think you’ll try any of these new choices?