The older I get, the more I appreciate a dish that’s quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Below is my new favorite in this category. Roasted Vegetables–perfect for cold weather dinners.
Not only is this pan of vegetables delicious, it’s also flexible. Usually, when I publish a recipe, I write out very precise directions. The beauty of this one is that there are a lot of variations you can use. There’s no one vegetable that’s essential, although onions are always good for flavor. But you can also include potatoes (small thin-skinned ones cut in half are best), sweet potatoes (peeled and cut in chunks), garlic, cauliflower florets, broccoli pieces, Brussels sprouts, peppers, celery slices, carrots (I generally use baby carrots), green beans, mushrooms, beet and rutabaga cubes. Yes, all of those taste good roasted. For the beets and rutabaga, you may want to give them a quick jolt in the microwave first for three or four minutes before roasting so they are done at the same time as the other ingredients.
I usually cook a big pan of vegetables–often the broiler pan that came with my oven. But I sometimes also use a 9 x 13 ½ inch baking pan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Put a combination of the vegetables I mentioned in the pan, and add some olive or other vegetable oil, stirring to coat evenly. For seasoning I might use a commercial sauce. Teriyaki sauce works well. I’ve also found a “ginger and sesame” sauce that I like. But my favorite way to season the dish is to add meatballs made of bulk sausage. (I usually use Jimmy Dean regular flavor.) I distribute them among the vegetables and sprinkle the pan with Italian seasoning and a little salt. (Pictured above.)
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes depending on how brownyou want the vegetables to be. Stir once or twice during roasting, turning the vegetables over. Test for doneness with a fork. With such a large quantity, there are always leftovers, which will keep for up to four days. I reheat them in the microwave.
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Was it attempted murder or a boating accident? Either way, the hard-driving Jordan Campbell is in a coma. When Frank Decorah asks nurse Hannah Andrews to use her psychic talent to connect with Jordan, she knows it’s a dangerous job. Once she’s on the case, whoever tried to kill Jordan will likely turn on her. But as she digs into the man’s background, she can’t refuse Frank’s assignment. Now she’s risking her life—and her heart.
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