Thursday, January 12, 2006

In season now: Roasted Vegetables

One of the goals that I am working on this year is to lose weight and stay healthy. While reading the Women’s Day magazine, I came across and article on cooking healthy vegetables. Roasting veggies brings out their flavors. Cut into uniform size, and then toss with enough oil to lightly coat: sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Roast at 425 degrees until tender. Delicate veggies, like asparagus, should roast about 20 minutes, while potatoes need about 45 minutes. For a delicious medley, mix and match to find your favorite blend.

Here are some ideas of what you might use:
Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, asparagus, butternut squash, yellow squash, and zucchini , cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, brocklie & etc.
Onion: Yellow onions, red onions, shallots, pearl onions, leeks
Seasoning: Rosemary, garlic, thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano, chipolte, chile pepper or you own favorite mix of herbs.

I have never done this before because I am a fan of steaming. But last night I tried the roasted veggies. They were a pleasant surprise. In the crock pot, I cooked some chicken thighs that I sprinkled with Lipton’s onion mushroom soup mix powder. I added ½ cup of water, with one TBL. Worchester sauce mixed in, to the pot. Whalla! An easy low carb dinner.

As a side note: Last Monday, at HEB, I found chicken thighs marked down to $ 2.50 for an 8 lb. bag. They had eight bags and I purchased every one of them. I took four of the bags over to a friends house and helped her put them in freezer bags. Then I went home and put up the other four bags. It’s a bit of work, but I won’t have to buy chicken for a good while. It’s amazing how much money you can save, if you just look.

28 Comments:

At 5:29 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Mmmm, i loved raosted veggies :). The bargains are definately out there, specially if we're prepared to make the effort.

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Melody said...

I usually steam as well....think I will try these roasted delights.

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Anonymous Shannon said...

Ok. I'm hungry now. When's lunch?

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Running2Ks said...

I'm starved. Come over here!

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Texas_Ivy10 said...

Sounds wonderful, I am definitely going to try the roasted veges, and the chicken receipe... sounds very easy and I am very into easy cooking! I'm not a huge cook... my mom is a gourmet cook and taught my sister and I how to cook at very early ages... somehow I didn't get the cooking bug mom got! :)

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Lavender Dawn said...

I used to roast potatoes covered in lipton onion soup mix and oil. Then I found one that calls for slicing them into wedges, spray with cooking spray and season- healthy fries. Otherwise, the only time I roast veggies is when I roast chicken or beef.
I'll have to try mixing it up.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I love most things in a crock pot. When I was single, it was the best way to have a meal ready when I got home.

I'm pretty picky about veggies, though. But, this sounds pretty good.

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i always love to stock up like that too when there's a sale on something.

 
At 9:04 PM, Blogger A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

We love roasting all type of veggies on the barbeque. I have a grill basket-- slice up zucchini, peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, whatever--toss with olive oil, salt, pepper (cayene or red pepper if you want some spice--or toss in a few chiles)-- and set them on the grill. Shake the basket a few times, tossing the veggies.

In the words of author Philip craig--"Delish!"

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

My husband is reading about your roasted vegtables while I am typing this and salivating. He LOVES vegtables, and keeps asking me to cook more of them for him.

Now, you have given me some great ideas.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

yumm roasted veggies...

Keshi.

 
At 11:33 PM, Blogger Marie said...

Roasted veggies are delicious! What you described above is quite tasty. :)

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Live, Love, Laugh said...

That sound delicious so I printed this post out and I am going to try it tomorrow. You have got me cooking up all kinds of things nowadays!! I hardly get out of the kitchen when I am at home!!!

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger Jennifer Meachem said...

yeah, i went to heb to get some chicken but it was all gone... now i know where to go and get it.

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Le laquet said...

Jamie Oliver (UK chef) does a fab recipe where he roasts the carrots roasted with cummin seed or fresh thyme ... truly delish.

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Danny Sims said...

Sounds good. I'll try it, maybe tonight! Thanks.

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

michelle - just ask your meat counter worker when they put the markdowns out. At HEB it is in the morning.

melody - I love to steam. I have one of those double decker steamers and I could probably cook a whole dinner if there if I wasnted to.

anom. sharon - lunch at my house is different every day. With the kids gone, I sometimes just snack thru lunch. I cook my veggies for dinner.

running 2ks - no you come over here.

texas_ivy10 - I've been cooking since I was 10 years old. My mom didn't cook much, so my dad did all the cooking. He swore that his daughters were going to learn to cook. I was the oldest and he taught me everything I needed to know. I've been cooking ever since.

dawn marie - when I cooked the other night I mixed, brocklie, cawiflower, cabbage, onions and a few cloves of garlic. It was really good. I just scooped up what was left over and put it in the frig. Next day I finished them off. Use your favorite veggies and give it a try.

Fred - I used the crock pot when I worked at Wards. I was tired when I got home from work and usually not in the mood to cook. The crock pot was my best friend. I've cooked chicken, beef stew, chile, pot roast, ribs, spaghetti sauce and numerous other things in my crock pot. When I got home from work, dinner was basically ready. I have been trying to teach my daughter to use her crock pot.

BSTS - I am a natural sale shopper. I don't pay full price of meat. I always get is on sale or out of the day old bin. I just go home and freeze it till I am ready to use it. I have a little 72 yr. old woman that I shop for and she loves it that I save her so much money.

Tony - I have a grill basket but I have never used it. Guess I'll have to give it a try. I roasted mine in the oven the other night.

Barb - It's so easy to do and I think your husband will love them. Experiment with different kinds and see which ones you like the best.

keshi - roasted veggies from down under.

marie - This is very healthy and quite easy.

live, love and laugh - I know, sometimes I feel like I live in the kitchen.

jennifer - HEB in the mornings around 9:00am. I find my best bargains around then.

le laquet - That sounds good, I'll give it a try. I have some cummin seed and dried thyme, that should work.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Canadian Dude said...

I like raosting veggies on the gas grill....mmmm.

The cock pot chicken sounds good too.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

canadian dude - Thats "crock pot chicken" not cock pot chicken....

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Eddo said...

Thanks for the comments on Posted Note and now I come here and find great recipes - Bonus!

I do a lot of low-carb eating too. No carrots, potatoes, or corn on my list of vegetables because the South Beach diet says, "NO".

Anywho, I like the idea of roasting, but only in the winter time, that way you don't heat up the house too much. Here in Texas we grill a lot because cooking outside is much better than cooking in and heating up the house.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Eddo said...

okay, I just looked at your profile, you are from Texas too and so you know all about the heat.

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger An80sNut said...

I need to try those potatoes. Mmmm.

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger vani said...

i'll be using these ideas after baby is born. i'm going to try as hard as i can to lose this baby weight. :)

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

I will try this. Thanks.
Oh and I found in my calorie counter that the skin off a potatoe adds 150 calories. So I'll peel mine.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger TEACHER SOL said...

Hello LUCY! Am I welcome in your blogger's circle *smile.

I am trying to lose weight too, after I ate so much during the Holidays. I've been into Fruit Smoothies for breakfast, slad for lunch, and fruit smoothies (again) for dinner. Lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks!

My husband lost 20 ponds in 2 months...veggie diet too.

Good luck to us, and let us update ourselves with this after two weeks *wink. I want to know how much you lost with this diet and if it really works.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Evey said...

I LOVE coming here and reading all your wonderful ideas in regards to cooking and stuff! I learn so much. :)

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger keesh said...

Sounds yummy! I am trying to stay healthier too!! it is hard though. I do find I feel so much better when I exercise though.

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

lol yes Down Under veges r just too yummmy!


Keshi.

 

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