Vegetables are a staple of most meals. They provide you with some of the core nutrients that you need and they can be prepared in all manner of ways.
Most people choose to boil their veggies as this is the quickest way to get them from the kitchen to the table. However, you can also roast them.
Unfortunately, a lot of people avoid this method of preparing their veggies because there isn’t a lot of use for them outside of a traditional roast dinner.
However, this article seeks to prove that this sentiment is false by providing you with a list of inventive meals that you can make with roasted veggies.
Read on to see what you can create with some of the healthiest food options available to you:
Starting off with something that is easy to whip up, roasted vegetables go quite nicely with an omelet.
Cooking an omelet is simple enough. All you need to do is whisk some eggs and place them in a frying pan. You can add the roast vegetables to the pan to bake them in or just place them on top.
This is the perfect meal for anyone that wants to expand their lunchtime options or is on a diet. The mix of vitamins and protein gives you a good burst of energy, just try to avoid roasted potatoes as these are a bit too starchy when eaten alongside something stodgy like an omelet.
Another option for those on a bit of a health kick is roasted vegetable soup. This is also easy to make and is a good use for any leftover vegetables that you have lying around.
All you need to do is place the roasted vegetables in a blender alongside some water and stock and press the button.
Once the soup is at a consistency that you like you can serve it up. This healthy option pairs nicely with salad or brown toast.
3. Breakfast Hash
The meals above are perfect for anyone searching for a healthy lunch or dinner option, but what about those looking for a breakfast option.
There isn’t always time to prepare something extravagant in the morning; however, a roasted veggie breakfast hash could give you a dish to look forward to on the weekend.
You can pick the veggies that you want to use, although it is best with carrots, potatoes, squash, and roasted beets. Just add these ingredients to a frying pan and scramble them for a few minutes.
You can add some herbs or feta cheese to the mix for some extra flavor and serve it up alongside some eggs. This simple roasted beet breakfast hash can give you the healthy start to the day you need.
Quinoa is an odd type of dish. Not many people have heard of it, and those that have probably couldn’t tell you what it is.
Put simply, quinoa is a seed that grows naturally like a plant but it resembles more of a grain. Therefore, while quinoa is technically a plant it is used in the same way as barley, wheat, or brown rice.
As a result, quinoa can be quite bland on its own, and many chefs struggle for an interesting use for it. Fortunately, you will discover that it pairs quite nicely with some roasted vegetables.
Add some beets, carrots, peppers, onions, and tomatoes to a pot and heat through with some carefully prepared quinoa. In a roasted vegetable dish, the quinoa acts more like a dressing.
Try mixing it with some mustard or vinegar to give a tangy flavor and you will find that it beefs up the plain roasted veggies nicely.
Pizza is a very popular dish, one that can hardly be called inventive. However, you can spruce up this basic dish, and make it a healthier option by adding some roasted veggies to the mix.
There are several routes that you can take with roasted veggies and pizza. First, you can cook them up and use them as a topping. This is the perfect recipe for roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, or spinach.
You may find that it is best to add vegetables once the pizza is cooked. It requires a very high temperature to cook a pizza and your veggies may end up burnt, especially if you have already roasted them.
The second use for roasted veggies in a pizza recipe is using them as a sauce or puree base. The regular tomato sauce or barbecue bases are high in sugar, so why not opt for a healthier alternative.
You can blend up some roasted tomatoes or beets to create a smooth base that is low in calories and works well with rye dough. Just because something sounds ridiculous on the surface does not mean that it won’t work in execution.
Therefore, you should give roasted veggies and pizza a try.
A quesadilla is a simple Mexican dish that many people pair with meat and cheese. This is a relatively unhealthy food option but they do taste good. That is why you should try a roasted vegetable quesadilla.
The preparation involved in making a quesadilla is minimal at best. All you need to do is place your ingredients onto a flour tortilla and fold it in half. Then, you can place it in a frying pan or under the grill until cooked through.
Roasted veggies make a good filler for something like this. However, you may want to add some cheese or salsa to the recipe to avoid it becoming too dry.
Making roasted veggie quesadillas is a good way to add some nutrients to this classic dish, but it is also one of the best options for experimenting with different vegetables and spices.
Pasta dishes are full of carbs and need something full of vitamins to balance out all of that stodge. Mince is often used as a filler for a classic lasagne, but this is not always the best solution. Instead, you should try experimenting with a roasted vegetable lasagne.
The cheesy, pasta-lined top is what most want when they go for a lasagne and the insides are pure filling. Therefore, you can get your kids to eat some roasted vegetables by adding in some tomatoes, squash, eggplant, and spinach.
What’s more, spinach acts as a good layer or crispy greens to lie directly under the pasta sheets.
8. Lemon Salmon
You can’t talk about roasted veggies without pairing them with fish at some point. Unfortunately, some fish can be dry. This makes it an incredibly bland option to pair with the already dried eggplants and roasted beets.
Salmon is quite an oily fish that negates many of the issues that people have with eating fish and plain veggies. Placing a fillet of salmon atop a plate of veggies is a great combination, especially if you squeeze some lemon juice over it.
The juices from the salmon and lemon will slowly leak into the veggies giving the entire dish a flavor kick that is also a healthy dinner option.
There isn’t a lot that can go wrong when you choose to create a dish with roasted vegetables. However, anyone looking for a bit more variety in their meal option should look at some of the options above.