Most of the time I just do the standard roast. I grab my vege of choice which typically is carrots but anything seasonal is great -- broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, onions, etc. I then spritz it with my rockin' olive oil spritzer. Sprinkle some kosher salt on it along with various other savory herbs and spices. My standbys are a saltless "love" mix I made that has onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper in it and/or dill. Dill is 100% sex to roasted veges. Serious, they love that shit and will love you back for giving it to them. After the sensuous seasoning throw them in the oven at 400 - 450 until they have reached your preferred ratio of softness:browned typically 20-30 minutes. Naturally stick to the 400 degree end if you want softer before browner and vice-versa.
Sometimes I have a little more time and want a little more variety in taste than just swapping veges. Which is where today's recipe for Balsamic Roasted Green Beans and Walnuts comes in. For the most part I got this idea from Simply Recipes which has a link at the side. They can't particularly claim this guy though as I've seen variations of it all over the mighty intertron. Here's how I made it.
Stuff you need:
Small Red Onion (you could also use a sweet onion but I like the color the red onion adds)
Okay, I already explained how I roast things above so I'm not going to go through that. Instead I'll just give the quick breakdown of deviations.
- Get your green beans and onions roasting. I slice up the onions into biggish 1/2" slices and chop the green beans in half.
- While veges are roasting mix about a 1/4 - 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar with a spoonful (teaspoon not tablespoon) of honey.
- Mince or use a press to add 2-3 cloves of garlic to the mix. As well as a touch of salt and pepper.
- After the green beans and onions have roasted for 10 to 15 minutes add a handful of walnuts and then coat everything in your little vinegar dressing.
- Roast another 10-15 minutes until veges are at your preferred level of done.
I'm also planning on trying out a variation of this guy with some dijon mustard added to the mix. I think it may prove decent. We'll see. In the meantime, make yer mom proud. Eat yer veges!