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6 Easy Ways to Roast Vegetables

Roasting vegetables is all the rage these days – with a minimum of fuss and a handful of ingredients one can create a delicious dish.

As an accompaniment to a meat dish or a standalone dish, a magical plate of roast vegetables will tickle your taste buds.

Here are a few easy recipes to roast vegetables:

1.Roast Potatoes & Carrots

 Ingredients

½ kg potatoes peeled and cut into fingers

6 carrots peeled and cut into fingers as well

8 cloves of garlic with the skin on

 Method  

  • Put the potatoes and carrots into a large pan of salted boiling water and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain in a colander
  • Arrange in a baking tray with the garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper and olive oil and bake until golden brown.

2.Roast Broccoli, Mushroom & Bell Pepper

 Ingredients

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups mushrooms sliced

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 onion chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 cloves garlic minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 Method

  • Heat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  • Lightly oil the baking tray with olive oil.
  • Place veggies in a single layer.
  • Add seasoning and toss to combine.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until tender.
  • Serve immediately.

3.Italian Roast Vegetable Mix

 Ingredients

450 gms sliced mushrooms

2 cups cauliflower cut into florets

2 cups cherry tomatoes

12 cloves peeled garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp basil

1 tbsp oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

 Method

  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C
  • Place the veggies on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil
  • Season with spices, salt and pepper.
  • Roast veggies for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley just before serving.

4.Honey/ Paprika Roasted Pumpkin

 Ingredients

1 large yellow pumpkin cut into 1-inch cubes

11/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

11/2 tbsp honey

2 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

 Method  

  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
  • Grease a baking tray with olive oil.
  • Arrange the pumpkin cubes on the tray and drizzle over with oil, honey, salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Toss all the ingredients using a pair of tongs.
  • Ensure the pieces are well coated.
  • Roast for 35-40 minutes. (Halfway through ensure that the
  • cubes are rotated evenly).
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot.

5.Asian Style Roast Veggies

 Ingredients

1 onion chopped

1 green capsicum deseeded and chopped

2 beetroot chopped and steamed

2 carrots peeled and chopped

4 cloves garlic sliced

1 tbsp sesame oil

½ cup soya sauce

1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp sesame seeds

 Method  

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.

Place all the vegetables on a baking tray.

Whisk the sesame oil, soya sauce, ginger and honey in a small bowl and pour it over the veggies and top with sesame seeds.

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing periodically.

Serve hot.

6.Roasted Cauliflower

 Ingredients

Two cauliflowers

A handful of pumpkin seeds

Italian spice mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Break two heads of cauliflower into florets.
  • Put them onto a roasting tray and lightly coat with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with a handful of pumpkin of seeds.
  • Sprinkle with an Italian spice mix and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Roast at 220 degrees C for about 30 minutes. Toss during the baking process periodically until golden brown.

Tips for roasting vegetables

  • Always use fresh produce
  • Seasonal vegetables turn out the most flavorful
  • It is best to chop all veggies to the same size when cooking a combination of them.
  • When prepping the vegetables, pat them dry with paper towels so that they roast rather than steam in the heat of the oven.
  • The end result should be al dente rather than soft.

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