Baked Vegetables

Vegetables aren’t always the most exciting dish to put on the table, are often forgotten in our lunches, and barely thought of as a snack item.

We are all aware that we should eat more vegetables and that they are “healthy” so I won’t go on and on about why we should consume more but I will say this…the nutrients in vegetables are vital for our bodies health and maintenance. The fiber makes them more filling to eat and can be huge for weight loss and maintaining our weight, reduces blood pressure, and helps lower risk of cardiac disease. That is all I will say for now but seriously this list could be much longer!

With all of that being said I have found a new vegetable obsession. It started out with someone suggesting I baked broccoli….I discovered that it was DELICIOUS and that my family loved it (double bonus) and it led to the discovery that I could bake any vegetable. Not only that but it was so simple and easy (triple bonus!)

Here’s the simple way to do it…..let’s not make this complicated, we are all too busy for anything time consuming!

  1. First pick a vegetable your family already loves (broccoli, carrots, beets, cauliflower, asparagus, etc).
  2. Preheat oven (see step #7 for temperature)
  3. Wash and cut
  4. Put it in a large mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss.
  5. Spread vegetable onto a baking sheet (Very easy clean up line baking sheet with parchment paper…makes washing SO much easier).
  6. Sprinkle with salt ( I use sea salt). And pepper if you wish (sometimes my oldest daughter thinks it makes its “spicy” so I don’t usually add pepper).
  7. Bake it!
    1. If I am only baking vegetables in the oven by itself I will bake it at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. All vegetables are different so I recommend that you set the timer for 15 minutes and check them with a fork to see how firm they are.
    2. If I am also cooking something else in the oven at the time I will use that temperature and bake the vegetables with the other item…vegetables aren’t picky….they just want to be eaten ;). Again check them after 15 minutes.
  8. Once you’ve baked a vegetable you know your family already loves, be daring and see if you can get them to try something new!