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Roasting Vegetables Recipe – Root Vegetable Edition

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables - Look at that garlic!

I like roasting vegetables because it’s easy and the results have a lot of flavor. Gotta get down to the root of things sometimes to get to the good stuffs. Roasting vegetables of the ROOT variety is one of my favorites, because there is very little fuss over the timing of the different veggies to worry about. As long as you cut them about the same size there is no need to put some vegetables in earlier and then some in later. Roasting vegetables allows you to wander away from the kitchen and do some other stuff.

Roasting Vegetables Potatoes Carrots Garlic Onions

Halfway done - Adding Herbs

This is not so much a hard and fast recipe as it is a basic how to guideline. Feel free to change-up the root vegetables or if you wanted to add something else like asparagus or eggplant you might need to do a little research and factor in the timing of adding other non-root veggie items. Also, I encourage you to play with the herbs and spices. I often do! This is just how I did it this one time. Next time will probably be slightly different. I am not going to give amounts either. Just roll with what you want or got or whatever is in season.

Roasted Vegetables Vegan

Roasted Vegetables Plated

I used cassava or yuca root this time around. Once I had yuca fries at an El Salvadoran restaurant and fell in love with it. What a weird beast, though. You should give it a try. I have only cooked with it a few times, but I dig it. Come to find out cassava is the 3rd largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world. Right after rice and soft-drinks. :) Ha ha! I am guessing after rice and potatoes, actually.

Roasting Vegetables is Easy

Prep time: depends on the amount of roasting vegetables
Cooking time: 55 minutes
Total time: 70-90 minutes

Ingredients:

Potatoes
Yams or sweet potatoes
Leeks
Sweet onions with stalks still on
Carrots
Japanese turnips
Cassava a.k.a. yuca root, manioc, or incorrectly as ‘yucca’
Parsnips
Garlic whole heads
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Marjoram
Thyme
Sea Salt
Black Pepper freshly ground
Tabasco Sauce to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the carrots. Chop the tops off of the leeks where they begin to turn green. Do the same with the onions and halve. Halve the turnips and snip off the greens, leaving a little stem attached to each turnip. Use the leftover turnip greens for a salad or cook them like spinach or kale. Peel the parsnips. Peel the cassava. Cut the very tops off of the garlic heads.

2. Cut up the potatoes, yams, parsnips, and cassava into similar size pieces. See my pictures for size examples. I wish I had cut my carrots in half. So, cut the carrots in half length-wise.

3. Place all items (except garlic) onto a roasting pan or cookie sheet or multiples of such items if needed.

4. Sprinkle the root vegetables generously with extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste. Then take your clean hands and make sure all the vegetables are well-coated with oil, otherwise they might dry out and no one wants that.

5. Cook at 425° Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, stir well and rearrange vegetables with tongs and try to make sure they get coated again with the olive oil. Add the garlic to the roasting pan and pour about 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over the top of each garlic head and add a pinch of salt. At this point add the herbs (in this case marjoram and thyme) to taste.

6. Return the roasting pan to the oven for another 30 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 4 minutes and serve.

What to Serve with Roasted Vegetables?

We often just eat these like this and with nothing else. Yes, they are that good. But, I suppose you could serve them with some seitan or other plant-based protein if you wanted these to be kind of like a side dish. Roasted vegetables are just one of the many reasons I love being vegan.

~*The Funky Vegan

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Nicolas Alziari Olive Oil & Cilantro Shrimp Recipe

Nicolas Alziari Olive Oil Cilantro Shrimp

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*Note: This post was created prior to me becoming a full-time vegan.

Several years ago, at a Williams-Sonoma store, I tasted this extra virgin olive oil that haunted me for years to come. It was so delicious and buttery, with an exquisite flavor that I’ve never tasted before, or since. It was rather expensive and I could not afford it at the time. When I eventually went back to get some, they no longer carried it and nobody knew the name of the brand I was talking about. I was heartbroken. Over time, I searched high and low, only remembering the basics of what the can looked like, and after 7 long years I finally found it. Sweet relief! And, now I share it with you.

Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil is from Nice, France and made from the first cold pressing of select nicoise olives. Nicolas Alziari has been in business since 1868 and their oil is stone ground. The olive oil is sweet and fruity, with a silky smooth buttery finish. Most of it never makes it out of France, and therefore it is difficult to find. Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best olive oil in the world. It is best used raw as a finishing oil drizzled over vegetables, fish or meats, or in salad dressings. It is also quite nice on poultry or seafood, like scallops or shrimp. Below is a simple recipe for a quick appetizer called Cilantro Shrimp using this liquid gold.

Cilantro Shrimp Recipe

Serves 2-3

24 medium cooked shrimp (boiled, grilled, or any method)
1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
cracked black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons of Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Place cooked and peeled, preferably cool (room temperature) shrimp on a plate. Sprinkle Tabasco sauce and black pepper over shrimp. Drizzle Nicolas Alziari Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto the shrimp. Top with chopped cilantro and serve.

My father was kind enough to get me a 1/2 liter can of this olive oil (thanks Pops). I found it online at Formaggio Kitchen. They also sell 1 liter cans. If you get really serious you can purchase it in bulk from Nicolas Alziari directly. This really is the best olive oil I have ever tasted. I hope you enjoy.

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Coronado Taste of Oils

I will have my cake and eat it too!

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We had the pleasure recently of stumbling upon this shop on Coronado Island. We cook almost exclusively with extra virgin olive oil and are always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors. Coronado Taste of Oils did not disappoint.

Extra Virgin Olive OilThe staff is friendly and you can taste pretty much anything you would like. They have several wonderful straight olive oils and many infused ones, too. Some examples of the infused flavors: Harissa, Chipotle, Tuscan Herb, Persian Lime, Blood Orange, Butter, Cilantro Roasted Onion, and more!

But wait! There’s more. They also sell balsamic vinegars like 18 Year Traditional Balsamic, Blueberry Balsamic, Cinnamon Pear Balsamic, Dark Chocolate Balsamic [what! really?], Pomegranate Balsamic, Jalapeno Balsamic, and lotsa other choices.

Peach Balsamic Vinegar

We tasted several items, but THE BEST thing there is the Peach Balsamic Vinegar. OMG! To die for. Peachy Elixir of Love is what we call it and it is sooooo freaking yummy. Tried it on avocados and salad so far and I am just in love with this stuff. It will not last long in our house.

This cute little shop is new to the area and their grand opening will be in March sometime. You can also order online. I think all of their items are around $18 a bottle. Go check ’em out or order online.

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