Roasting vegetables is super easy and it results in a deliciously crispy, flavorful side dish. This recipe will turn veggie haters into veggie lovers! Swap out vegetables in this recipe for any you might have on hand, such as cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms or onions.
Raise your hand if you're a veggie-lover! I tell my boys that my parents were lucky because, well, I was just a good kid (several years excluded), but I have also always loved vegetables. I can remember craving Brussels sprouts and gorging on broccoli sprinkled with sea salt as a kid. My mom would prepare snack trays for me that involved steamed artichokes and marinated mushrooms. It's safe to say that I'm a veggie fanatic to the core. My boys do not understand such ludicrousness. One day, I keep telling them, ONE DAY. (Please, Lord.)
Converting a non-veggie-lover into a veggie-lover is possible and if you are on this mission, ROASTED VEGGIES are the perfect place to start. Roasting vegetables gives them an enticing and flavorful crunch that makes them as addicting as candy. They are a great side dish for literally any meal and they are appropriate any time of the year.
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HOW TO MAKE PERFECT OVEN ROASTED VEGETABLES
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet or sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Add 1 pound of Brussels sprouts, 4 large peeled and quartered carrots, 1 pound broccoli florets, 1 sliced leek, 4 cloves minced garlic and 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley in an even layer.
Drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil evenly over the tops of the veggies. Toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake in the preheated oven for anywhere from 30 minutes to 40 minutes, stirring the veggies once after about 20 minutes of cooking. Serve immediately!
TIPS: HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ROASTED VEGGIES EVER!
There are many different types of veggies that roast well. Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow onion, red onion, squash, bell peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, butternut squash, really any root vegetables and tomatoes just to name a few.
Replace the olive oil with coconut, vegetable or sesame oil for a different flavor.
Go crazy with herbs and spices, if you'd like! Italian seasoning, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano or basil are great dried seasonings to sprinkle over the top. If you have fresh herbs on hand, basil, chives and thyme are all delicious when sprinkled over vegetables before roasting!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER ROASTED VEGETABLES
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for 5-7 days! Easy peasy!
CAN ROASTED VEGETABLES BE FROZEN?
YES! Vegetables that have been roasted can definitely be frozen and used at a later date. Avoid freezing onions since they don't freeze well, but most other veggies will do great in the freezer. Store in a sealed plastic bag in a single layer (lie flat in the freezer) for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw completely before reheating.
HOW TO REHEAT FROZEN VEGETABLES
Veggies that have been roasted and then frozen are super easy to heat back up after thawing. Either microwave them in batches, as needed, or place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through.
RECIPES AND IDEAS: USES FOR ROASTED VEGGIES
If you roast a huge pan of veggies and you're looking for recipes to serve with them or ideas about how to use them up, here are just a few nuggets for you!
Serve alongside a Rotisserie chicken for a super simple and easy meal.
Store in the fridge for easy sides, snacks and lunches throughout the week. Roasted veggies are the PERFECT meal prep recipe!
Throw them onto your next homemade pizza! YUM!
Toss them with your next salad for an extra punch of nutritious crunch.
I love roasted veggies when added to a bowl of Ramen noodles! This completely transforms an otherwise kinda boring meal into a dish packed with color and flavor.
Throw them into your next breakfast skillet!
This is one of my absolute favorite things to do with any leftover veggies.. add them to your next batch of spaghetti sauce. SO GOOD.
Really, though, they taste great alongside any chicken or beef dish. Serve them with these super easy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts for a quick and healthy meal!
DELICIOUS HEALTHY SIDE DISH OPTIONS
Don’t stop with roasted veggies. There are so many other healthy side dishes to make for literally ANY meal. Check out a few of my other favorites!