If there is just one thing you ever take away from this blog of mine, please let it be the knowledge of how to perfectly roast vegetables. I’m not kidding. I used to HATE eating vegetables, until I discovered that roasting them brought out all kinds of flavors you never knew were in those damn things!
Also, Please note that roasting vegetables doesn’t just mean baking them. There are subtle but rewarding techniques to help you achieve the most delicious veggies you have ever eaten!
Let’s start with the basics
- Roasting = cooking vegetables at a high heat in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Vegetables should be generously tossed in good quality oil of your choice, and salt & peppered
- Keeping your vegetables spaced and in a single layer on a baking sheet is KEY. Piling them on top of each other will just steam your veggies, not ROAST them
- Most seasonings should be added once the veggies are out of the oven or else they will burn in the high heat (i.e. garlic powder, cayenne pepper etc)
- Don’t be afraid of burnt edges on your veggies! As your veggies start to caramelize and brown they develop such a DELICIOUS flavor. Don’t let a little color on your veggies scare you!
- Season your roasted veggies once they are cooked and while they are still hot! You can add anything you like, lemon pepper, cajun seasoning or just a dash of chili powder and cumin!
Well now that we’ve got that all sorted out, these pita pockets are a great way to get your veggies in ! I skip the pita and just eat a giant bowl of these veggies with some hummus and salad for a quick but satisfying dinner. They also make a great side dish to meat or fish!
- Don’t want to go through the trouble for the cucumber tarragon raita? Just mix the yogurt with the chili garlic paste (thetcha chutney) and you’ll still have a delicious crave worthy but healthy sauce even without all of the other ingredients.
- Change out any of the vegetables! This is a great way to get rid of all the stuff in your fridge. I think next time I will definitely add some tomatoes and broccoli to my roasting pan!
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Happy Eating ?