I have my great friend / co worker to thank for this post. She is more so my great friend because I hardly call it work when we are in the office together, LoL. LOVE YOU JAP!
Early into my vegan journey she staked her support deep into the ground and began bringing me recipe ideas and sharing pins with me on pinterest. After trying them all I have become a firm believer in her words that “you can roast a shoe with this method and it would be delicious!”. We’re not gonna try it, but fully believe it!!
I am so excited to share this delectable AND healthy alternative to getting your greens on the table every night and feeling beautiful with every bite.
Let’s start with the method because it will be the same regardless of the ingredients you decide on. You will need:
* Your clean and prepped veggies
* A roasting pan or dish
* 1-2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* Salt and Pepper (I have become partial to Himalayan Pink Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper)
* Fresh garlic, diced onions or mushrooms depending on your green
* 40 minutes in a 375 degree oven
That’s it! NOM NOM NOM.
Now I want to share with you what have become my roasting veggies of choice. This will give you 5 days of beautifully green and delicious sides that your family will literally ask you when you will make them again. Try me…any age…I dare ya. Of course I want to also tell you about all the amaze-ness you are about to put in your body. Here we go!
This one has become a serious fan favorite at my house. I’ve come to the conclusion that I could make this every night and never hear a complaint…it’s that good! I remember growing up and always hearing that children should eat their broccoli. Well my lil brother wasn’t having it. I’ll never forget hearing my Mama say to him one day “Jay they’re like little brooms that will make you nice and clean on the inside”. I thought that was hilarious as a kid, but you know she was so right (big shocker huh, lol). Broccoli has a long amazing list of benefits that will keep you coming back for more. Let’s start with the fact that it’s magical in weight loss. Because it is so high in fiber it helps in digestion, maintains your blood sugar and curbs you from overeating. Also a FUN FACT is that one cup of broccoli has as much protein as one cup of rice or corn and half the calories ;-). Broccoli is good for your heart health and in some cases can reverse or prevent damage to blood vessel lining. It also contains cancer fighting immune boosting properties because it contains glucoraphanin which our bodies process into an anti-cancer compound. And it’s a beauty food! Broccoli is the most concentrated source of Vitamin C making it a super powerful antioxidant. It contains high levels of calcium and Vitamin K both of which are important for bone health. The list goes on and on if you still need another reason to say yes to this delicious super nutritious cruciferous veggie (HA! Say that 3 times fast).
This super veggie is probably at the top of the list of vegetables people can’t stand. So sad because they are so cute and beautiful for you inside and out. I mean who doesn’t like things in mini size?!? Hopefully this list of little miracles they provide will compel you to give them a second, third or fourth chance. The first benefit I want to share is my personal favorite. For ladies out there like me that look forward to bringing a beautiful life into the world this veggie is packed with the folic acid we need to help prevent neural tube and birth defects in the early stage of pregnancy…YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU. There are more reasons for my girlfriends that say “the shop is closed”, LoL. Like the fact that it helps strengthen your immune system, helping you to ward off infections and illness. Like broccoli the high fiber content aids in weight loss, digestion, detoxification and an all around healthier digestive system. The high fiber also contributes to maintaining cholesterol levels and preventing blocked arteries which is of course the cause of heart disease the #1 killer of women. There have even been reports of them helping reduce the frequency of migraines.
I’m sure you’re saying YES finally something I want to eat! Most of us have a love affair that goes waaaay back with these beauties. I’d bet the meal you identify as your favorite growing up probably included these on the side. Isn’t it good to hear for a change that you didn’t lose interest in something you loved and it was and is soooo good for you still?! This fat free low calorie veggie is an excellent source of cholesterol lowering fiber and the source of several vitamins that contribute to healthy bones and eyes. Ahhh here’s folic acid making an appearance again. While we’re making our bodies a safe place for us to live we can also make it a safe place for our babies to grow ladies. There are also healthy amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium all of which are essential in the bodies metabolism. I don’t want to leave out there ability to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
FUN FACT: Zucchini is actually a summer fruit. But like some many other things in life society has decided it will be called a vegetable. A vegetable with great nutritional value and several health benefits of course. It is super rich in nutrients like Vitamins A, K, C, B1 and B6, iron, calcium, manganese, zinc and more. In fact it’s high vitamin C content is a recognized home remedy for controlling asthma as well as supporting eye health. For the fellas recent research has shown zucchini extract helps alleviate symptoms that lead to an enlarged prostate. There are also studies that show this vegetable reduces the painful symptoms of arthritis. It is just one of the best all around prevention foods whether you are someone who bruises easily to those that want to be protected from the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.
FUN FACT: Asparagus belongs to the lily family. Yep it’s like eating a beautiful delicious flower. The health benefits range from cardiovascular health to relief from PMS symptoms like bloating, irregular blood loss and hormonal imbalance. Studies have also shown it to be helpful in the prevention and/or progression of cataracts, depression, cancer, diabetes, urinary tract infections and much much more. It is nutrient packed rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate, C and E as well as minerals iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and potassium. I know what you’re thinking; to be so thin asparagus sure does pack a huge punch.
What other veggies do you roast? Do you find that you prefer a veggie roasted vs raw or boiled? Leave a comment below.
So there you have it! 5 days of wonderfully nutritious and delicious roasted veggie ideas that you, your family and all of your bodies will love. Whether you kept reading today because you suffer from one of the ailments listed above and you’re looking for a natural alternative for relief or you just wanted to find a tasty way to trick your loved ones into eating more green veggies I am so glad you stopped by. Please let me know how you all love it and share this post with anyone you think would benefit from it (which is everyone). I leave you with 5 words I now live by from the brilliant mind of Hippocrates: LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE!
The featured pic at the top is my Daddy and niece Jaxen pulling kale greens from his garden…so precious! “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they grow old they will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6