If you've never tried oven-roasted veggies, you've been missing out on one of life's most delicious and nutritious treats. Oven roasting brings out the natural sweetness and goodness of almost any vegetable and changes the taste significantly. Start first with a vegetable that you know you like and then pleasantly surprise yourself by roasting a veggie that you're not so fond of. I never cared for brussels sprouts until I started oven-roasting them and now they're one of my favorites.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to increase my vegetable intake. Below is a list of the veggies I've consumed during the past seven days:
4 cups of brussels sprouts
10 cups of baby spinach
1 head romaine lettuce
4 cups of broccoli
1 yellow bell pepper
3 portobello mushroom caps
2 stalks of celery
(I've certainly been channeling my inner rabbit, haven't I?)
Oven-roasted Brussels Sprouts, Onion and Mushrooms
1 lb brussels sprouts, stem ends trimmed, leave small ones whole and cut larger ones in half
1/2 red onion, cut into thick slices
3 portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed, cut into thick slices
2 TBSP olive oil, divided
salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
2 slices center cut bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (for garnish, optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Place trimmed brussels sprouts in bowl and drizzle with one tablespoon of the oil. Stir to coat, then season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and stir so that even browning occurs. While brussels sprouts are baking place the onion and mushroom slices in a bowl, drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Add onions and mushrooms to baking sheet with the brussels sprouts and return pan to oven. Continue roasting for an additional 20 minutes until all veggies are lightly browned and brussels sprouts are tender. Remove pan from oven and serve immediately.
Garnish with bacon pieces if desired.