Vegetables

My challenge? Convince my ten year old that vegetables are not “gross.” I’m glad to report I’m succeeding!

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is delicious, and surprisingly similar to mashed potatoes, making it an ideal low-carb substitute. Loading the mashed cauliflower with bacon and cheese makes it even better – but hey, bacon and cheese make everything better. :) Click for the recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Although my favorite way to prepare Brussels sprouts is to roast them in olive oil and maple syrup, this recipe is a close second. The vegetables become nicely tender and caramelized as they roast, and combining them with butter, garlic and Parmesan is delicious. Click for the recipe

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Beautiful, sweet-yet-tangy roasted tomatoes make a deliciously fresh side dish, and are just as wonderful accompanying eggs and bacon for breakfast as they are for dinner. Click for the recipe

Zucchini Tomato Gratin

It’s almost the end of zucchini season, and I am making the most of the gorgeous, firm zucchinis I can still find at the farmer’s market. This zucchini tomato gratin is delicious, gorgeous, and fairly easy to make. Leftovers are very good the next day, gently reheated or even cold. Click for the recipe

Roasted Red Onions

Roasting red onions takes them from bitter and pungent to mild and caramelized – almost sweet. Roasted red onions make a delightful side to any meat dish, and especially to grilled meats. Click for the recipe

Roasted Fennel

Even if you don’t like the taste of licorice, give this roasted fennel recipe a try. Roasting caramelizes the fennel bulbs, downplays the licorice flavor and brings out a nutty, delicious creaminess. The addition of Parmesan makes this dish extra delicious, though it’s also excellent with no cheese, if you’re so inclined. Click for the recipe

Carrot Chips

Roasting thinly sliced carrots in olive oil elevates them from a fairly boring veggie into a tasty snack. I’m lazy, so I use pre-sliced, store-bought carrot chips. Obviously you could simply slice them yourself. Serve as a side dish, or as a super healthy snack. Click for the recipe