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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You are invited to a Roast! No, not that kind of Roast!

So it started with a simple question on my Facebook page from my friend and colleague, Carol Plotkin, RD. (no relation) Her status stated:" I'm looking for creative and yummy ways to increase vegggie consumption daily." Carol even posted the first suggestion by saying something to the effect of taking larger helpings.

Enter Wendy Jo Peterson, RD, another foodie buddy of mine who posts: "Toss a handful of spinach or carrot juice to your smoothie." Both good ideas. But, I had to throw in my 2 cents-not surprising-which was, of course, to ROAST veggies. Odds are that you eat veggies the same way you grew up eating them-boiled, microwaved, baked perhaps or even grilled at times. I'm telling you that the sweet flavor, aroma and taste that comes from a roasted veggie is like no other. Let me just tell you of the onslaught of comments Carol got on her FB post after my roast suggestions.

How does one roast veggies? Simple.

1. Heat oven to 450.
2. Chunk your favorite veggies-whatever you have (potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, squashes, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, turnips, rutabaga, garlic, peppers, etc. It's a great way to clean out the produce box in the fridge). Try to make them about the same size and thickness
3. Toss with a few teaspoons of olive oil-nice to do in a plastic baggie, or just toss with your hands
4. Season generously with salt and pepper OR add a favorite herb such as rosemary.
5. Place on baking tray and roast for 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of the vegetable. (i.e. root veggies will take longer than non root veggies). Give it a stir once in a while and be sure to check on the doneness--if you like it more al dente, take it out earlier.

Now, there are a million and one websites out there that will teach you, encourage you, provide recipes for you and basically do everything but make the veggies and toss them down your throat. We all know that more veggies are better for us-its the old adage of having to either create a new habit or breaking an old one. Take a look at some of these sites below for recipe ideas, growing ideas, storage and seasonality, kids games and more. One last thing to remember, many of these sites offer competitions for recipes-cash prizes and more! So if you've got a winning recipe, check out the potential for the prize.

If you find more websites, please let me know. I'm always looking for more.

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Blogger Lindsey Toth said...

This is my all time favorite way to have vegetables.

I remember first being turned-on to it at a BBQ a few years ago, when a plate of broccoli was carried by and the aroma was so appetizing that I blurted out, "Oh my gosh! HOW did you make that broccoli?!?" I was expecting some long-winded recipe, and was absolutely shocked when the response was, "Oh, I just roasted them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper." Amazing!

I immediately ran home, whipped up a batch of roasted veggies, and never touched my steamer again.

Great post Robin!

December 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Edible Nutrition said...

Yum! The vegetables look delicious! Thanks for sharing all the fabulous recipes, too!

December 8, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger robinplotkin said...

Thanks so much for reading, Lindsey! Enjoy your roasting!!

December 8, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger robinplotkin said...

WJP-couldn't resist a shout out to you!

December 8, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
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