Monday, July 9, 2012

How Do You Do Vegetables?

I have a slight biased towards broccoli. I absolutely love it...a bit ridiculous I know. And I love baking broccoli and all types of vegetables. So I was thinking why not dedicate a post towards baking broccoli...I mean vegetables :) I know many of you are rolling your eyes reading this. But if you really want to try to like vegetables this is a way to do it...

Spices: I am talking all kinds and varieties of spices. A little salt and pepper will work great but if you want to be creative try adding some minced garlic (even if powder form if you must), All-Purpose seasonings (Mrs. Dash has a great variety **salt free (bonus!), red pepper flakes, all types of herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley, etc.).

Baking Sheet: Ensure your baking sheet is appropriate size for the amount of vegetables you are preparing. The more surface area the more caramelizing of the vegetable (which you want).

Olive Oil: You will need some to prevent sticking and to give the vegetables a crisp texture on the outside.

Temperature: High heat is needed to caramelize the vegetables. I know it is really, really hot outside right now but the oven won't be on for long!

Okay, so now you know what you need, next is the preparation. I prepare all types of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, peppers, asparagus, squash, etc. But you can really do whatever ones you would like!

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your vegetables (wash and chop). Spray or oil a baking sheet with olive oil. Spray or toss the vegetables with a light coating of olive oil. At this point you may add whatever seasonings you want either when you are tossing them in a bowl or on the baking sheet itself. Now place the vegetables on the baking sheet making sure they are spread apart and not bunched together. They need space to caramelize!

2. Place into the oven. Next you set the timer for about 10 minutes. After those 10 minutes you will use a spatula or spoon to move around the vegetables, again making sure they have their space and are not bunched together.

3. Set the timer again for 10 minutes and let them do their thing. After the alarm goes off check on them, if they are slightly browned they are ready for EATING! Take out of the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling pad and serve!

Spicy Garlic Broccoli

1-2 large heads of broccoli

1-2 Tablespoons of garlic (depending on how much you like it!)

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (or less if you don't like too much spice)

1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of salt & pepper

I served my broccoli with a black bean burger, salsa, and avocado on top! Yum-o!


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