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Savory Roasted Butternut Squash and Broccoli

When I roast vegetables I try to roast a mix of different types and colors of veggies. This makes your meals more interesting and nutritious. These two different veggies make such a beautiful combination. They are bright, colorful and delicious.

I used my new Savory Spice Blend on these lovelies and the have came out of the oven amazing. I am looking forward to you trying this new spice blend blend.

  • 1 bag of broccoli florets, frozen
  • 1 bag of butternut squash frozen, cubed
  • Savory Spice Blend

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Spread out vegetables evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle Savory Spice Blend onto veggies.

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Roast vegetables for 20 minutes. Stir vegetables halfway through the roasting process.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas & Veggies

Roasting vegetables is probably my favorite way to cook veggies. I can roast a large amount of different veggies at one time. By cooking the veggies this way I save time later in the week because most of the work is all done.

I made a big pot of quinoa and added the veggies to complete the meal. I will have plenty veggies and some quinoa leftover to do with as I wish for another meal. I will share that post another time.

Quinoa:

  • 1 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested, and half the lemon juiced

In a large dutch oven add quinoa. Toast quinoa over medium heat. This could take up to about 10 minutes if your quinoa is still wet from rinsing.

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Note: I like to toast the quinoa to develop and intensify the nutty flavor that quinoa is known for having.

Add vegetable broth, all-purpose seasoning and garlic.

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Bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover pan. Cook until the quinoa looks like it has burst open and you see little rings. Add the zest and juice from the lemon to the quinoa and stir.

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Roasted Vegetables:

  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can drained, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose seasoning, divided

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two separate sheet pans with parchment paper.

Note: I learned that you do not want to put two wet vegetables on the same pan to roast. Too much liquid releases between the two vegetables. You can see this with the zucchini and mushrooms. Next time I would roast them with other vegetables separately.

Evenly spread out veggies onto the two sheet pans. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of all-purpose seasoning over vegetables on each sheet pan.

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Roast veggies for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir the veggies on each sheet pan. Also, switch the sheet pans positions and roast for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Assemble bowls.

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Eat. Serve. Enjoy. Let your health start in the kitchen.

Note: The recipe for the all-purpose seasoning is in my basics section, or you can purchase it already pre-made at my store.

 

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Smokey Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower with Lime

This was another assignment for my cooking class. The lesson was roasting vegetables without oil. The outcome of the assignment turned out very well. I divided the finished product to use in two different dishes. One for a bowl meal and the other for a creamy dip.

Today I will show you the base of these two different dishes. Then I will do two other posts for these two dishes another time. Actually, I think I will have three different meals out of this sheet pan of cauliflower. I love it when I can stretch an ingredient into multiple different meals.

Note: You can find the recipe for Smokey Southwestern Seasoning in the basics section or you can purchase the blend pre-made on my store page.

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat (this is what I used).

In a large bowl mix together broth, half of lime – juiced and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning.

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Stir in cauliflower florets into marinade.

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Evenly distribute cauliflower onto sheet pan. Add lime half to sheet pan.

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Roast cauliflower for about 20 minutes. Halfway through roasting process stir cauliflower.

Remove from oven. Using tongs to pick up lime half and squeeze juice of lime onto roasted cauliflower. Stir.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa and Veggie Spring Rolls

This was the first time I have made Spring Rolls. By the time I finished I surprisingly got pretty good at rolling these out. I have always liked spring rolls. They always seem to be a bite of freshness to me. Especially, since these are not fried. They are light yet fairly filling.

I made these with quinoa cooked in vegetable broth. I like to think I am adding nutrients and more flavor to the quinoa by cooking it in vegetable broth. The reason for the quinoa is that I wanted to pack in more protein into the Spring Rolls. I also add edamame, for the same reason as the quinoa – protein. Then some greens and crunchy vegetables. You cannot forget the mango for a sweet little bite. These Spring Rolls are packed with a nutritious nibble of delectable goodness. By combining all of these ingredients you get your, sweet, crunchy and a little heat all in one bite.

  • 1 package of Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 c baby greens, stems removed
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c edamame, shelled
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c mango, diced
  •  Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping

Note: Use a large bowl/pan to dip the wrappers. Just dip them long enough to make them slightly pliable. They tend to continue to soften. If you soak them too long they will tear and fall apart. There is no need to warm the water, room temperature works just fine.

Also, dipping your fingers in the water helps to work with the wrappers.

Make sure you have all your ingredients in place ready to assemble your spring rolls.

I made my Spring Rolls on a cutting board. Sprinkle some water onto the cutting board.

Soak one Spring Roll Wrapper at a time, as you assemble each Spring Roll. Remember it only takes about 5-10 seconds, just enough so they are pliable. Lay out flat onto the work surface.

Layer some leaves of the greens into the center of the wrapper.

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Spoon quinoa on top of the greens.

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Layer carrot shredded, pepper, edamame, and mango.

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Fold sides into center of wrapper.

Fold bottom of the wrapper over the filling. The wrapper should overlap onto top of wrapper. Roll as tight as you can so that it looks like a stuffed tube. This takes some practice.  It is okay if they are not perfect, they taste great and they will be gone in a flash.

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Serve with some Sweet Chili Sauce. The first bite we dipped into the sauce, then we would spoon the sauce into the roll so it dripped into the filling – Yum!

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Baby Potatoes Topped with Spinach Artichoke Dip

The truth is I made this up for a meal for myself. It wasn’t this pretty, yet it is just as tasty. This is a little bit more elevated to the original Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip just by switching out the base ingredient. These would be great for small parties : Baby showers, Dinner parties, and even a Girl’s Night In. There are so many possibilities.

I have a secret for you, but you can tell anyone you want. I used leftover roasted baby potatoes for these little delectable bites. The combination is … it is so hard to put the right words for these little bites. They are that good and they look pretty.

I promise people will think you worked really hard. I made these a day ago. All I had to do was warm the spinach dip and baby potatoes in the microwave and assemble. However, they are just as good cold.

  • Spinach-Artichoke Dip
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes
  • Fresh Parsley

Slice as many Roasted Baby Potatoes as you think you will need. I would use about 4 halves per person. Warm in microwave (if using leftover, cold potatoes). Otherwise, slice potatoes in half when you are able to handle them.

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip in microwave until heated through. Length of time depends on your microwave.

Assembling is extremely simple. I like to give the potatoes a light smash, just enough to give them a slightly flat base. This helps the potatoes stay upright. Put a dollop of dip on top of the potato. I used a teaspoon, however you could use a snipped ziplock bag and pipe it onto the potato. That would probably be easier. Garnish with a fresh parsley leaf.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Quinoa and Veggie Bowl

This bowl is so full of color and flavor. You can feel the pop of the quinoa when you take a bite. There is a hint of lemon to brighten the dish and cilantro to give it some freshness.

What I like is that you can add just about any kind of veggies that you desire. This is what I had in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I add zucchini, yellow squash and kale. I try to change it up whenever I make it so it is not the same every time.

  • Avocado oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 c carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 c quinoa
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • Lemon, zested, use juice of half the lemon
  • 4 oz spinach, fresh, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Cilantro, fresh, garnish

Over medium-high heat add avocado oil to a large dutch oven. Warm avocado oil; add onion, carrots, yellow pepper, garlic and bay leaf. Stir. Season mixture generously with the  all-purpose seasoning, stirring occasionally. Cook until carrots are tender and onions are softened and translucent. Remove from dutch oven and set aside.

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Pour vegetable broth into dutch oven and scrape any bits that may have formed in the pan. Add quinoa and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with lid. Cook until all liquid is absorbed and the quinoa has popped (looks like little rings).

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Turn heat off. Add spinach, lemon zest, lemon juice, spinach and tomatoes. Cover with lid and let the spinach wilt and the tomatoes warm . This only takes a couple of minutes. Top with cilantro.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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