While you’re living a Paleo lifestyle and eating a Paleo diet, vegetables should be a big part of your meals. If you’re like many people, veggies may seem boring. Or perhaps you just don’t know how to cook most vegetables. Well, there is a great way to cook most of your favorite veggies easily: Roasting! Roasting your vegetables is a great way to add delicious and nutritious veggies to all of your meals.
Not familiar with how to roast vegetables? We’ve got some tips!
First of all, you should know that you roast almost any vegetable. The best ones to roast are root veggies (carrots, potatoes, parsnips, beets, etc.) The trick is to slice them thin enough to roast in about 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle a little olive oil on them along with some sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. That’s all you need! Different veggies take different amounts of cooking time. For instance, peppers cook faster than carrots. Your cooking times will require experimentation because all ovens are different.
You can use nonstick baking sheets to roast your veggies. Big ones are best because you can fit a lot on them. Make use of two oven racks to roast lots of vegetables at once. Be sure to have some tongs available to turn over the veggies while they’re cooking. You can also use parchment paper on the baking sheets if you wish, but it is not necessary.
Be sure to wash the vegetables before you cook them. Peeling is not necessary when it comes to carrots, turnips, rutabaga, etc. When you cut your vegetables, cut them thinly so that they will cook faster, but don’t cut them thin enough that they become paper-like when roasted. If you cut veggies like carrots and parsnips too thick, they won’t cook all the way through. You can experiment to find the best size. Don’t worry if the pieces are not perfectly cut as long they are all roughly the same size.
Vegetables like green beans and Brussels sprouts don’t take as long as say, potatoes or cauliflower. But generally, roasting time will be between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the vegetable. You may want to invest in a timer in order to keep accurate cooking time for your veggies so as not to burn them. You can flip your veggies on the tray halfway between cooking time if you want, but it’s not mandatory. If you don’t flip them, it just means that one side will be browner than the other. They will still be cooked all the way through either way.
You can eat your veggies just as they are when they come out of the oven, or you can add some butter to them. Either way, they will be a delicious and healthy addition to any Paleo meal!