and I’m roasting inside.
Roasting veggies, that is! You’re probably wondering why I would bother to deal with a hot oven when it’s so crazy hot outside.
Here’s why…the heat is making me lazy. If I make a huge pan of roasted veggies, I can throw together a bunch of quick meals very easily.
Also, I just got this badass baking sheet.
Seriously, it is. It’s heavy duty commercial grade by Nordic Wear. I’m roasting everything in sight!
On Saturday I cut up two huge zucchini, two tomatoes, and two onions. The tomatoes were from my favorite stand at the Broad Street Market, Green Ridge Acres. The zucchini and onions were from a neighbor. Can’t get more local than that!
Anyway, I just drizzled a tiny bit of my fave olive oil on top, and used my (clean) hands to evenly distribute. Sprinkled on a generous amount of pink Himalayan salt and freshly cracked organic pepper, and threw it in a 400 degree oven.
I checked on them every 10 minutes. In about half an hour, they were tender and delicious.
Today, I’m roasting some beets. From the same neighbor. Beets take forever…they’ve been in there an hour and they’re not quite done.
What am I doing with all these veggies? Honestly, they’re great right out of the oven. Maybe drizzle a little more olive oil on top. For breakfast or lunch I’ll fry a few eggs over easy and put them on top of the zucchini, tomato and onion mix. Or you could mix the veggies into scrambled eggs.
When the beets are finally done cooking, I’ll let them cool, then peel them and use in salads. The sweetness of the beets is awesome with bitter greens like arugula and some walnuts.
All these veggies are amazing for you. Zucchini is a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium. It is also very low in calories, but filling due to its fiber content.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is important for bone health. They contain biotin which is awesome for hair and nails.
Onions contain quercetin, a powerful flavonoid. They are also high in sulphur, which is also great for your hair and nails.
Beets are pretty amazing too. They contain betaine, a powerful anti-inflammatory, and are high in vitamin C and many essential minerals. Beet extract is currently being studied for use in treating certain cancers.
So come on in out of the heat. Put on some good music and start chopping those veggies. I’m pretty into the new Britney Spears/G-Eazy song right now. And still loving “Toothbrush” by DNCE.
Can roasting veggies help you stay happy, healthy and hot? Of course it can, otherwise I wouldn’t be wasting my time! You’ll be happy that you have some tasty food prepared ahead of time. Roasting a variety of veggies gives you a broad array of nutrients to support your health. And the vitamin C, biotin and sulphur will give you healthy skin, hair and nails…all very hot!
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