Warm vegetables and alternative to a cold salad

If you’re anything like me you don’t always want to sit down to a full bowl of crisp cold vegetables instead you’re aching for something a little warmer maybe a little more comforting. My solution to this is warm roasted vegetables. This is a really great make ahead meal. Today, for example, I cut up to golden potatoes and one head of cauliflower and carrots. I mixed them together in a large bowl tossed with olive oil ,salt ,pepper ,garlic powder ,onion powder ,paprika and ground tumeric. Placed it all on a baking sheet and it will be in my oven for about 45 minutes to an hour at 400° roasting to perfection. Make sure that you use a spatula and turn the vegetables at least once throughout the cooking process.

The same time, on a smaller sheet pan, I placed red beets to cook for the same amount of time. Simply took two large red beets and I peeled them with a vegetable peeler. This process makes your hands very very red but don’t worry it will come off with soap and water. Then I cut the beats into bite-size pieces placed in a large bowl and tossed with a bit of olive oil and Himalayan sea salt. They too are placed in my oven at 400° for 30 to 45 minutes. If you are not a fan of beets make sure that you try roasted beets they have a completely different flavor than if you eat them raw ,which I love too! Golden beets tend to have a less earthy flavor as well.

I also cut up two big heads of broccoli, placed in a bowl and tossed with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder. The broccoli bakes at 400° for about 25 minutes.

What I have when I am done is a wide variety of vegetables I can put these all together on a bed of lettuce or greens and make a yummy warm salad. I can also just eat the vegetables plain. I have even used the vegetables in the morning. I will put the vegetables on a plate and warm them up and top them with a poached egg. The reason I love doing this each week, and I tend to mix up which vegetables I roast just for variety, is that it provides a quick lunch or a quick breakfast or even a quick dinner for me when I feel like I am short on time and might grab something a little less healthy.

Enjoy!!

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