Nov 4, 2011

Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato

FROM THE KITCHEN OF: Isabel Canfield
TOTAL TIME: 10 min to prep, 45 min to roast
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Ever since my co-worker told me that using my oven would increase the temperature of my house by a few degrees, I’ve been on a roasting and baking up a storm. She was totally right, too! The temperature went up in our house 2-3 degrees after roasting some vegetables in the oven last night. We have oil heat in our house and the price of just 100 gallons was $365 dollars! I know, ridiculous, huh? That won’t even last a month during the winter. SIGH. So, needless to say Jared and I are waiting til the last minute to turn on our heat. We’ve bundled ourselves in layers of clothing, socks and blankets. Now, we’re planning on using our oven even more now than ever. Anything to save us some money this winter season.

So my attempt to warm up the house was roasting cauliflower and sweet potato in the oven with a few seasonings, onion and garlic. Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest thing any one can do. The oven does the work, you’ll just have the dress the vegetables to your liking. If you’re not a fan of the seasonings I selected, feel free to make your own creation. I would say having the onion and garlic are a must. The onion gives some sweetness and the garlic gives the dish a bite. This is a dish that will warm your tummy and your home!

1 cauliflower
1 large sweet potato
1/4 white onion
3 garlic cloves
olive oil
chili powder

1. Prep the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400°. Rinse the cauliflower and pat dry. Remove all the florets from the cauliflower using a sharp knife. Peel and dice the sweet potato into medium chunks. Thinly slice the white onion. Roughly chop the peeled garlic cloves. Combine all these ingredients in a oven-safe tray.

2. Season the vegetables. Coat the vegetables with a heavy drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt, cumin, chili powder and paprika to your liking. Personally, I just lightly dusted the veggies with the seasonings. Toss all together until all the veggies are nicely coated.

3. Bake the vegetables. Place the tray in the 400° oven for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure all the sides are roasted. After the veggies are roasted, remove from oven and drizzle a little more olive oil and salt. Serve when warm.

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