Handy for so many recipes and easy to prep many at the same time to throw into other dishes. Add some roasted vegetables to your premade meals and see how your meals are just that much better than others. Ann has some great tips below for roasting.
Healthy and Delicious Roasted Vegetables
By Ann Martin
There are many cooking methods that make for wonderful ways to change up your cooking routine. One of those cooking methods is roasting. Not only when you roast vegetables and other food items does it make the food taste incredible, but it also keeps all those important minerals and vitamins intact. When you roast your food, it comes out amazingly appealing to the eye and makes anybody want to try those appetizing roasted vegetables no matter what their preferences may be. Roasting is actually quite easy to do as long as you can keep a few suggestions in mind. Here are a few ideas on how to start your roasting technique in the kitchen.
* When preparing your vegetables for roasting, make sure that they are washed first. After washing, cut your vegetables in a way that each of the pieces is about the same size. This is important as you want your vegetables to roast evenly.
* Depending on how well roasted you would like your vegetables to be, preheat your oven anywhere from 400 degrees to 425 degrees.
* Before placing your vegetables in the oven to roast, it is important to season them. It does not take much to bring out the flavor of your vegetables as roasting them will really bring out the natural flavor all by itself. However, you can toss your vegetables in extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle them lightly with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. For those that need variations, try tossing your vegetables with various herbs, such as rosemary, chives, oregano, or basil.
* After lightly seasoning your vegetables, they are now ready to be roasted. Place your vegetables on a non-stick cooking sheet or pan that is lightly sprayed with olive oil in order to prevent sticking.
* Roast the vegetables for about 45 minutes and stirring halfway between the cooking time.
Some vegetables that roast very well are tomatoes, squash and red peppers. You can serve roasted vegetables as an elegant side dish or even make a meal out them by tossing them with some hot pasta. Roasted vegetables add a certain flavor to homemade soups as well. For example, if you would like to make a roasted red pepper soup, instead of buying a jar of pre-roasted red peppers, go ahead and roast your own. Nothing can compare to roasting your vegetables and you will be greatly rewarded when adding them to your favorite recipes, as the taste they will give to any entré will be superb.
As you can see roasting vegetables takes minimal preparation time and truly enhances any recipe that you have which calls for vegetables.
Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware sets and WMF flatware. Ann contributes articles to other home entertainment sites as well. When Ann is not writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys traveling.
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