One of my favorite ways to eat vegetables especially in the cold winter months is to roast them. It is a great way to bring out the natural sweetness while they brown and caramelize in the oven. Vegetables higher in starch and sugar like squash’s, sweet potatoes, and root vegetables tend to lend them selves naturally to roasting. I also like how easy and quick roasting vegetables can be. The longest part is typically the cutting and prepping the vegetables. However if you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s grocery store close to you it is easy to find pre-cut vegetables for a great price. This makes prepping and cooking even faster, which for any of us who lack time and energy after work is a must!
Last weekend I decided for breakfast I was going to use what I had around the house to make a scrumptious and easy vegetable hash. My hash consisted of 2 sweet potatoes, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 bell pepper, and 1 apple.
I like to roast vegetables in a basic nonstick roasting pan which I spray with just a non-stick cooking spray. I find the exact temperature for roasting is really not strict. I typically roast vegetables around 375°F, but anything in the 350°F to 425°F range will work. The lower the temperature the longer you will need to roast and vice versa. So at 350°F you will probably want to roast your vegetables closer to 40 minutes where at 425°F it will take closer to 20-25 minutes.
First I peeled both sweet potatoes and cut them into 1 inch cubes. I had a bag of pre-cut cauliflower heads so that one was easy. I through the cauliflower and sweet potatoes into the sprayed roasting pan and sprinkled with a little sea salt and cinnamon. I then put them into the oven to start to roast. Next I cut up the apple and pepper. I like my apples and peppers to still have a crunch when I eat them so I waited till there was about 5 minutes left of roasting to throw them in. I also tend to like a little sweetness so I also through in about a tablespoon of brown sugar over the top at this step as well. All in all the veggies took about 25 minutes to bake at 375°F and this overall makes about 4 servings.
Once done a put into a large bowl and served with a side of fruit, a piece of whole wheat toast, and coffee. It hit the spot! I hope you enjoy!