Recipe: Herb Roasted Vegetables

A single week's fruits and vegetables from com...

A single week’s fruits and vegetables from community-supported agriculture share: peppers, okra, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, squash. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

We have belonged to a CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) Farm for 13 or so years.2013-04-30 21.03.21

We originally joined Great Country Farms so our son could see what farm life is like.  Our son has long left home but we still love the farm, now more than ever.  They deliver each week during the growing season and we can go out there whenever to pick our own.  Sometimes, we go just to walk around in the country air.

By chance, I also found a winter CSA that I’ll join next fall and a buy-as-you-go farm that delivers each Thursday, if you want what they have on offer each week.

I originally found East Side Produce through a half-off deal on Groupon.  We got $40 worth of fruits and veggies for only $20 – including delivery.  You can’t beat that!

We’ve only had one of the East Side boxes so far, but the dog was very interested in the pineapple they brought us along with all kinds of wonderful things.  She even looks like she’s licking her lips!

With all these fruits and veggies coming into the house, we’ve started eating more healthfully.

This is one of our newer recipes when I have the time to heat up the oven.

 


veggiesHerb Roasted Vegetables

Oven roasting concentrates the flavors of the vegetables resulting in a flavorful side dish that’s still low in sodium.

6 cups assorted cut-up vegetables (1 1/2-inch chunks), such as red onion, potatoes, red bell pepper, yellow squash or zucchini (I also add green peppers when I have them)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Thyme Leaves

2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Toss vegetables with oil in large bowl.

Sprinkle seasonings over vegetables; toss to coat.

Spread vegetables in single layer on foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

Roast 30 minutes.

Low Sodium Crockpot Vegetable Broth

a slow cooker Oval Crock Pot

An Oval Crock Pot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been making this for years, even before the heart attack, mostly because I’m too cheap to buy pre-made vegetable broth.  I also do something similar with chicken.

I save all my vegetable scraps such as carrot peelings, celery ends, onion skins, garlic skins and ends, bell pepper scraps, ends from trimming cabbage, trimmings from tomatoes, broccoli stalks.

Belonging to a CSA farm, we get lots of veggies during the summer.

I put all the peelings in a Ziplock Freezer 1 gallon bag and save them in the freezer, and keep adding to the big bag until it’s full.

When I’ve gathered a  couple of full bags, I take them out and dump them in the crock pot and fill with water (about 6 quarts), cover and set on LOW for overnight.

Allow to cool completely and ladle into a colander in it with a big bowl under it.   Discard all the scraps in the colander.

Package up the broth into quart-sized Ziplock freezer bags, 2 cups per bag, canning jars or other freezable containers.

You can also freeze some of the broth in an ice cube tray. Pop out the cubes and put in a freezer bag, labeled and dated. Use these when a recipe calls for 1 to 2 Tbsp. of stock or broth.

To use this with chicken – I do all of the above and save chicken bones and parts in a separate freezer bag,  When it’s time for the crockpot, I add the chicken to the veggies and cook overnight.  Strain well!