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Deliciously roasted vegetables (mediterranean diet)

 

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Summer and holidays… the perfect combination to relax, let the sun recharge our vitamin D levels and prepare our immune systems for winter with light and healthy meals. And while fresh salads are a favourite in our house, I pretty much enjoy throwing a bunch of veggies in the oven and let them roast until perfection…

And no, I’m not talking about the traditional roast dinner. Believe it or not, there is more to roasted veggies than Maris Piper spuds…

Think about the mediterranean diet…. think about low carb veggies… broccoli, aubergine, courgette, cauliflower, brussels sprouts (check here for how to roast brussels sprout to perfection), pepper, onion …

Either by themselves or combining them, you are definitely for a light, healthy and delicious treat.

For this specific recipe, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and red onion were the ones available and it couldn’t be a better combination!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • half a red pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • a teaspoon of fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • sea salt q.b.
  • olive oil
  • smoked salmon (optional)

How to:

  1. Wash the broccoli and cauliflower heads and cut them into little florets. Slice the red pepper roughly into strips and the onion into quarters. Place all the veggies in an oven tray. Drizzle with some olive oil (about 3 tablespoons), season with sea salt and stir the veggies until they are slightly coated with the olive oil. Roast for 40-45 minutes at 180ºC. Check the oven every 15 minutes stirring the veggies for an even roasting.DSC_0212_Fotor
  2. Prepare an olive oil dressing by adding 3 tablespoons of olive oil with the oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and crushing it slightly.DSC_0235_Fotor
  3. Remove the veggies from the oven, peel the red pepper and dice both the pepper and the onion into small pieces. Place it in a bowl with the roasted broccoli, cauliflower and the olive oil dressing.
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  5. Grate a clove of garlic and mix until all ingredients seem equally distributed.DSC_0261_Fotor

And voilá! A delicious and nutrient-packed meal with simple ingredients and very little effort. And you can eat it as a main or add some protein like a piece of grilled fish or smoked salmon or even use it as a side in infinite ways…

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Enjoy!

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