Whether you are uncertain of side dishes from your specially curated MasterChef meals or no longer find your vegetables flavorful with the everyday cooking techniques, it’s time you stop putting effort into bland meals. Try out simple and easy ways like baking and roasting your veggies with seasonings for a delicious side dish.
Roasting your veggies on high heat adds crispness to them while their core stays tender and sweet. A plate full of roasted green goods makes a healthy and delicious salad, side dish, or just a snack for weekend movies, whatever the season may be.
Furthermore, you no longer have to trick the kids into eating them; how does that sound to you? We bring you the most popular and recommend vegetables with low moisture, for perfect brown edges and a caramelized surface, and loads of flavor, which will get you hooked.
With a simple seasoning recipe, sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest and convenient side dish and snack option.
Choose red or orange-colored sweet potatoes because they are sweeter and creamier, and don’t choose potatoes with discoloration or an outgrowth. Also, avoid sluggish and moist ones. Peel and chop them into small, even rectangular chunks while making sure they are not too thick, as thicker cuts take a longer bake time. Take a large baking sheet and spread the sweet potatoes evenly across it. Don’t overcrowd them as you don’t want to end up with steamed sweet potatoes( this goes for all the veggies). Season them with olive oil, garlic, pepper, salt, and any other spice you prefer. Then, garnish with mild herbs like parsley, rosemary, etc., which won’t overshadow the original flavor of sweet potatoes.
Place them in a preheated oven at high heat, about 400°F, for 30-40 minutes. Check if the fork passes through once the time is up. If it slides through easily, they’re done. Bring them out of the oven and sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper as per your taste.
If you are craving a winter squash, the quick, easy, and delightful butternut squash is all in to serve your desires.
Trim the stem and bottoms off and slice the squash in half lengthwise. You don’t have to peel the squash, just scoop all the seeds out and brush some olive oil, maple syrup, pepper, salt, cinnamon(optional), and any other spices you wish all over it.
Rest the squash cut side up on the sheet pan, as it turns the edges perfectly crispy and gives it a rich brown color. Then, place it in a preheated oven at 400°F for 45 minutes, so the squash soaks up all the flavors turning nice and tender. Now you’re ready to enjoy a lovely warm squash on a chilly winter eve with your family.
Don’t judge brussels sprouts until you have tried roasting them. Not everyone is a fan of their steamed or boiled versions, but their roasted edition is almost like a reinvention.
After a thorough rinse, cut off each sprout and remove the damaged parts. Place them on a sheet pan separately and make sure they’re not overcrowded. While simple seasoning of salt, pepper, and olive oil works exceptionally well, you can also add additional seasoning according to your preferences. Garnished with parsley, thyme, and cheese, place them in a preheated oven for 25-30 min at 425°F and voila. Enjoy it as a side dish with bacon and rice, or just toss them in a salad and have a fulfilling meal.
Multiple Roasted Veggies
These are just a few examples of how you can prepare different roasted veggies as a side dish or a snack. You can also roast multiple vegetables like red onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and other root vegetables in one go and have them as a light meal alternative or pair them up with fish or rice for lunch.
The only problem with roasting them together is their different cooking time. To sort it out, roast the vegetables with longer and comparable cooking time together and add the remaining veggies after 15 minutes and roast them again.
The ideal temperature for roasting veggies is (400-500)°F, which further varies with the texture of the vegetables used. Also, make sure to preheat the oven before each roast.
Seasoning can vary according to the taste preferences per person, but be especially careful with cheese and honey and add them closer to the end, as they most likely will burn otherwise. Also, consider tossing them midway for an even roast and keep checking with a fork, so they don’t stay raw.
You need multiple finely chopped vegetables, white sauce, butter, red onions, salt, and pepper for this baked veggie recipe.
Use a stovetop or an electric stove to stir fry onions in butter till they turn light pink. Add the vegetables and cook until all the ingredients mix well. Take them off the heat and add the remaining ingredients: white sauce, salt, and pepper.
Transfer it into an oven dish, sprinkle cheese and garnishes like cherry tomatoes and parsley.
Place it in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 325°F till they turn slightly golden brown.
Baked vegetables make a wholesome meal without much effort and minimal cook time. If you are tired, don’t risk your health with ordered food and prepare yourself a delicacy that is affordable, healthy, and convenient.
The best thing about roasting or baking vegetables is that there is no set recipe for it. Even someone entirely new to the concept of cooking can prepare themselves this healthy and decent dish without much hassle and requirements. If you are not a fan of vegetables, this is an excellent method to get some of those green goods into your system. Add all of your favorite vegetables to a baking sheet with your favorite seasonings and roast away. You are sure to enjoy it, and it is such a simple dish.