Now that several days have passed, how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Most of my friends have resolved to either lose a few pounds or to eat better.
Actually, they are very similar. If we eat more nutritionally, we will no doubt shed a few pounds. In a nutshell, eating better simply means cutting out many processed foods and fat-laden snacks and replacing those with more fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. We would feel better, have more energy and likely lose a few pounds in the process.
Most people don’t have problems with fruit — good crisp apples, juicy oranges or ripe bananas make excellent snacks. However, vegetables are the ones we often neglect. Many people tell me they only like green beans and corn — but there are many others that are delicious as well. Usually the deeper the color, the more vitamins and minerals the vegetable contains.
One of my favorite ways to serve vegetables is to roast them. I cut them in uniform–sized pieces so they will cook evenly, toss them with a little olive oil and season them with herbs, salt and pepper. Then I place them in a single layer on a shallow rimmed baking sheet. It is important that you spread them in a single layer so they actually will roast and not steam. Roasting will create some browning and add a rich flavor to the vegetables. Pop them in a hot oven and let the magic begin.
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You can roast almost any vegetable. Here is a great recipe for roasted mixed vegetables available in your neighborhood market. If you do not like a particular vegetable, simply leave it out. Or replace it with one you do like. This recipe is very versatile and a great way to add all kinds of vegetables to your diet.