Written by Allison of Some the Wiser.
Most of the time I feel good about my eating habits. I like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and we eat a lot of them most days of the week. However, after all of the holiday festivities from the past month, I feel like I need to re-focus my menu and food choices.
Considering all the candy canes and pumpkin pies I have consumed recently, it feels really good to cut out sugar this month and find my way back to the fresh produce aisle. It can be harder this time of year to find fresh vegetables, but although there isn’t as much variety in the winter, there are a lot of delicious ways to prepare root vegetables.
These skillet roasted vegetables take only a few minutes to prepare, but look and taste quite impressive. When paired with a crusty whole grain bread and a spread of warm goat cheese, these winter vegetables turn into a quick, easy, and delicious meal. Best of all, it makes a healthy meal or hearty snack that fits right in to all of my New Year’s resolutions.
|Quick Skillet Roasted Vegetables on Cheese Toast||
- 4 slices crusty whole grain bread
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons, plus one teaspoon olive oil, divided
- 2 small beets, sliced crosswise
- 4 carrots, sliced into thin sticks
- 1 red onion, quartered
- 5 or 6 whole garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, coarsely chopped
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the beets, carrots, onion, and garlic to the hot oil. Saute vegetables for 5 to 6 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add 3 tablespoons water to the skillet and cover. Cook vegetables for an additional 6 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Remove lid and let cook for about 2 minutes until remaining water has mostly evaporated. Remove skillet from heat.
- To toast the bread, brush remaining teaspoon olive oil evenly onto the bread slices. Place bread in broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from broiler and spread evenly with goat cheese. Return to broiler for 1 to 2 minutes until goat cheese is warm and soft.
- Top toasted bread with the vegetables and sprinkle each slice with fresh basil, and freshly ground salt and pepper. Eat warm.
What are your favorite winter produce items?