Spice Roasted Veggies

 

For those who already roast their veggies, this is just a new way to spice them up.  If you’re new to roasting veggies, you are in for a treat.  Roasting vegetables caramelizes them, bringing out their natural sweetness, and if you roast for long enough, your vegetables will turn out crispy and crunchy.  Depending on what veggies you roast, sometimes it almost feels like you’re “cheating” on your diet.

Today I roasted sweet potatoes (**Note: Sweet potatoes are not Slow Carb approved unless you’re refuelling after an intense workout and under 20% bodyfat!)

Sweet potatoes really complement the exotic spice blend in this recipe – you get a hint of salty, spicy and sweet all at once.  Plus, they’re full of fiber, nutrient dense and a much slower burning carb than white potatoes.

If you’re not at that phase in your fitness, you could try these out on cheat day for a healthy and benign cheat, or do this recipe with just about any vegetables. I’d recommend trying a mix of zucchini, onions and pumpkin.  Cauliflower is also fantastic roasted.  I let it get nice and crispy so it’s a bit like popping some potato chips.

Slow Carb Roast Vegetables Recipe

Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 1/2 t ground fennel
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried red pepper flakes
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes or other veggies
  • 3 Tbs oil of your choice (I use macadamia nut oil)
  • ½ t whole coriander seeds left whole (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425F.
  2. Use a nonstick baking tray or line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Mix spices and oil in a small bowl.  Set aside.  I prefer to use my own freshly ground spices.  It takes about 15 seconds in a “rocket” type blender or just a minute or two with a mortar and pestle.   If you use this method, make sure to set aside some whole coriander seeds that don’t get blended.
  4. Cut vegetables into wedges or large slices. Place on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle with spice mix, olive oil, and salt.  Don’t skimp on the salt.  Toss to evenly coat and spread potatoes in one layer with space between the pieces. Before putting them in the oven, I like to toss on some whole coriander seeds.
  5. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender.  Flip veggies once during cooking.
  6. Serve immediately.

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6 Responses to Spice Roasted Veggies

  1. Meredith April 23, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Great site! Good work…

    And I envy you your cooking skills. I’m going to have to learn to be a better cook if I want to keep this up! Maybe I’ll get brave and try some of your recipes. I DID order a couple of Dana Carpender’s books — but haven’t gotten into them yet…

    • Laura April 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Meredith. Definitely try some of the recipes. I am self taught and still feel like a total klutz in the kitchen sometimes so most of my recipes aren’t too complicated if you follow the directions. I taught myself to cook mainly because I wanted to eat healthy and have more control over what went into my meals…but I also can’t stand boring food. I’d recommend starting with one of the slow-roasted pork or lamb shoulder recipes. They are SO easy and you come up with a great result.

  2. Jeff Burke July 22, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I recently tried to cut out a lot of stuff from my diet to eat healthier and have been looking for recipes I actually LIKE. This one was a big winner. I added squash and zuchini and about 3 cloves of garlic minced. The garlic combined with the spice mix Laura recommended made for a great tasting dish!
    Thanks!

    • Laura July 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks, Jeff. Glad the spices worked for you. I have a few other spice blends I plan on sharing soon!

  3. Ben Tristem December 7, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    You can’t beat roasted veggies, this recipe looks wonderful.

    Please take slow carbs seriously, it’s an awesome way of life if you want to be slim and vital. Remember that some foods, like milk and yoghurt, spike your insulin and hence should also be avoided

    See my recent post(s) here: http://losefatgetstrong.com/2011/11/24/givsii/

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