|Warm Quinoa and Roasted Veg Salad|
I have a million-and-one things I'd love to write about... but I only have time for veggies today.
Several weeks ago, I was talking to a gal who mentioned she was a vegetarian. I asked her if she had a good recipe that would make Cauliflower palatable.
Actually, what I might have said was, When I get to heaven I'm gonna ask God why he invented cauliflower. There MUST be purpose in those white stalky vegetables without any taste, but I certainly don't know what it is... Oh, and don't tell me cauliflower makes a good substitute for mashed potatoes, cuz I just don't believe it.
She was gracious when she asked if I had ever roasted cauliflower. Of course I hadn't, veggies are meant to be steamed right? She said to preheat the oven to 450, toss some cauliflower in a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, spread on a cookie sheet with parchment and place on the highest rack of your oven. Roast for 10-15 minutes, serve, and watch your family eat it til it's gone.
Hmm, I said. Not quite convinced.
But I figured a girl whose diet is 85% veggies probably knows what she's talking about, so I came home and did what she said*, and that cauliflower was DELICIOUS. Even The Mister, who only consumes the vegetables I serve to be polite exclaimed, "These are good!"
The next night I did the same thing with broccoli... same story. Even the kids ate it willingly.
Now I cook ALL veggies this way: broccoli, butternut squash, sweet peas, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, peppers... the list goes on and on. I had always roasted potatoes this way, but had never thought to roast other veggies.
|Our funny Butternut is next...|
One of my favorite lunches is to cook quinoa in advance and keep it in the fridge. Mixing it with fresh veg, basil, lemon, salt pepper and feta cheese makes a yummy cold lunch. But today I wanted to try it hot, so I roasted broccoli, sweet peppers, yellow squash and zucchini, mixed it with warm quinoa and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and feta... yummy.
*I added a little onion powder to the roasting mix, and when I'm feeling a little crazy i've used Lawry's season salt instead of salt and pepper.