Hi everyone! Cooking is a huge priority in our house since myself and my daughter battle Celiac disease. I work full time and then come home to baths, dinner, cleaning, laundry… the lists goes on and on and because I have multiple autoimmune diseases I have to try and fit in self care…LOL… what is that you ask!! I will talk about self care in another post…
Back to why I started this post… I need to find simple things to cook, not all the time can I make our meals elaborate, although I try. Roasting veggies is something that I can do in a quick minute and so can you.
We roast all sorts of veggies! Beets, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, kale, butternut squash, etc. All you need is a large cookie sheet, preferably one that has a bit of a edge so that any liquid or juices that may end up on the cookie sheet doesn’t fall into your oven.
First Step- Take your cookie sheet and place any veggie of choice on it. Spread them out like you see here.
You can add your oil two different ways: First you can take a large bowl and toss your veggies in the oil and seasonings of choice or second you can lay out your veggies and drizzle the oil all over and then apply the seasonings. You can use olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or any cooking fat of choice. If you are looking to get your daily intake in of healthy fats, I suggest coconut oil (not sweet once you cook in it and to me doesn’t taste like coconut) or avocado oil. I LOVE avocado oil because it has a subtle taste but also can cook in high heat without going rancid.
You will need to preheat your oven to 400 degrees and most veggies will take anywhere between 15-30 mins. The butternut squash will normally take a lot longer to cook through and soften. It also depends on the size of your pieces. If you need the dish to cook quicker, I find chopping up into smaller pieces will help speed it up. Often times half way through the cook time I will flip the veggies over but most of the time I just leave them alone to cook. If you like a little crispiness to your veggies ( we love it with our broccoli) you can put the broiler on for a minute or two.
Another quick tip is that you can squeeze lime, lemon, apple cider vinegar, or even coconut vinegar on the veggies before you place them in the oven to roast. Our favorite is lemon and salt on our broccoli.