Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. This month, we celebrate Recipes from the Garden! Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.
It is summertime and it seems that I am able to find a farmer’s market on almost any given day. The kids and I love to stop at our local markets and browse what our local neighbors have to offer. Last week I was offered a deal on the zucchini and carrots that I wanted because they were ‘imperfect’. I thought it was odd that people would turn down garden fresh food because it does not have the same appearance as the food found in the grocery store. I took the vendor up on the offer and scored my locally grown, organic veggies at a very fair price! I was excited to get home to prepare rosemary roasted veggies for dinner.
We arrived at home and I unloaded our ‘imperfect’ veggies….
I asked Alex to go out to our herb garden to cut the rosemary this dish required. Our herb garden is made from a pallet and it a bit overgrown right now so I guess some would consider it imperfect as well.
The imperfections are no longer apparent once I began to prepare the carrots and zucchini.
Making roasted veggies is easy and is very versatile. This dish can be made with an assortment of veggies and you can use different herbs to meet your tastes and what you have on hand. I used 2 medium zucchini and 3 carrots. Simply, slice your washed veggies in 1/4 inch pieces about 3 inches long and place to the side.
In a medium bowl combine 1/4 cup of oil (I used organic extra virgin olive oil) with 1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and a dash of sea salt and pepper.
I know that these measurements are not nearly as precise as most of my recipes but the amount of ingredients totally depends on the amount of veggies that you are using. If you are using a bunch of veggies double the amounts above. You want just enough oil to lightly coat the veggies, you don’t want them dripping in it!
Now that you have made your oil mixture you can add your sliced veggies and combine until they are completely coated. Place the veggies in a single layer on a baking sheet.
The key to making these yummy roasted veggies is cooking them quickly at a higher temperature. Set your oven at 425 degrees F on the BROIL setting. Roast them for about 10 minutes then flip them over for another 10 or until browned but not burnt.
Serve immediately and get ready to make more. My kids flip over these delicious rosemary roasted veggies!
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Please take a moment to visit the blogs of our other Festival of Food participants. The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants are all in different time zones.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares Grilled Fennel and Tomatoes with Basil! This recipe brings together some of the freshest, most vibrant flavors from her garden into a simple dish that even her wee-one adores! You can also find Jennifer on Facebook.
- Luschka at Keeper of the Kitchen shares a simple, summery salad of kale and parmesan, one of the only crops Luschka’s managed to keep away from the snugs and snails so far this year. You can also find Luschka on Facebook.
- Sam in a guest post at Hobo Mama shares a garlicky, sweet, salty, and tangy topping for salads, sandwiches, pasta, and burgers and pairs it with a delightful dish that will help you use up the tomatoes and spinach fresh from your garden or farmers’ market! You can also follow Hobo Mama on Facebook.
- Lindy at Poppy Soap Company shares a recipe for Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Vinegar. This easy recipe pairs well with protein heavy meals as a decadent and easy side dish! You can also find Lindy on Facebook.
- Angela from Earth Mama’s World scored some ‘imperfect’ veggies from a local farmer’s market and turned them into a perfect rosemary roasted veggie dish! You can also follow Angela on Facebook.
- Amy at Anktangle details two different methods of preserving hearty summer greens (such as kale and chard) so you can enjoy the variety—and nutritional benefits!—year-round. You can also follow Amy on Facebook.
- Destany at They Are All of Me creates low fat, healthy mock ups of some of her favorite restaurant dishes, using whole foods and ingredients from her garden. You can also follow Destany on Facebook.
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