CSA Week 9: Art of Roasting Vegetables

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

Here we are in August, another week come and gone and the school year only weeks away. Although it may seem like summer is nearly over, this week’s CSA box is full of beautiful produce that will keep your meals tasting fresh and summery!

CSA 9 Use

What’s in the box?
1 Melon, 1 qt. Juliet Tomatoes, 2 lbs Potatoes, 1 bunch Beets, 2 Green Peppers,  8 ears Sweet Corn, 2 Jalapeño Peppers

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Summer is a time for being out and being busy. As fun as cooking can be, we here at Sargent prefer to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying food with family and friends. A great, fast way to make delicious tasting vegetables is to roast them in the oven. Not only is roasting quick, but it requires very little effort: you let the oven and the natural flavors of the vegetables do all the work! Jenn Culbert, RD, a veggie roasting pro, says that roasting vegetables is easy and you can use any combination of vegetables that you have on hand:

1. Chop vegetables into uniform pieces
2. Place veggies onto a cooking sheet and mix with 1-3 teaspoons of olive oil depending on how many vegetables you have. Before placing in oven, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings
3. Roast in a 425-degree oven. Average cooking time is 15min, but you can shorten or increase cooking time depending on the texture you prefer.
4. Remove from oven. You now have a beautiful, nutritious side dish!

To turn roasted vegetables into a meal, follow Sarah Butler’s, RD, recipe:

1. Place chopped vegetables in a pyrex dish (you may need 2 dishes depending on how many vegetables you have) along with a few tsp of olive oil.
2. Sprinkle dried basil and oregano, and add 6 garlic cloves to the dish
3. Place in 425-degree oven. Again, cooking time will vary depending on how you like your vegetables cooked.
4. A couple minutes before your vegetables are done cooking, add 2 chopped tomatoes or 2 cans of plum tomatoes (drained and chopped) to the mix). Continue cooking until done
5. After removing from oven, Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top.
6. Serve over cooked quinoa (click HERE to learn how to cook perfect quinoa). If you like chicken, a couple pieces of cooked chicken would be a great addition!

Since it is still summer, I strongly recommend cutting up some of that juicy melon that was in the CSA box for a sweet and refreshing addition to your meal!

(Click HERE for tips on how to cut melon)

One Comment

ayfiel posted on January 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

Very valuable information about Roasted Vegetables. Lets start include natural organic food in our daily menu, and you will see the benefit for your health. Thanks alot
Honey Joys

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