I get inspired when I go to the produce market. I always have. Sometimes I am so inspired I want to draw what I saw, or paint it, or arrange it. This watercolor was of a vegetable stand in Pike Place Market in Seattle. Didn't God create the most beautiful shapes and colors? There's nothing prettier than God's creation.
So often when I get home from buying produce I want to make roasted veggies. There are so many wonderful combinations of roasted vegetables and so many lovely ways to eat them. They can be a base for fish or chicken, a sandwich, great on a pizza, layered in a casserole for a vegetable lasagne, eaten as a topping for pasta or rice or just plain eaten! Roasting them brings out all the flavor and sweetness. Today I sprayed a cookie sheet with my friend, Pam spray and then put sliced eggplant on it. I sprayed the top of the eggplant and added salt and pepper. I put a piece of roasted Hatch green chili on each eggplant slice and some crushed garlic. I added chunks of yellow bell pepper, zucchini (corgette), onion and cherry tomato. After it cooked about 15 minutes I turned the eggplant over and added mushrooms. Today I ate the veggies with Mexican rice and Turkey burgers. But I made plenty so I could have them tomorrow too. Aren't they beautiful?
Have you experiemented with roasted vegetables? I love some of the combinations I come up with and I will surely share them. Yum!
This is my leftovers...Roasted vegetables and turkey wrap with watermelon.
This morning I was talking with Mark about Slimming World. I can honestly say that this is the first time I have ever been on a diet that I didn't even think thoughts like..."when I lose this weight I am going to eat____" or "I can't wait until I can go back to having more _____" I am just always so satisfied. That is why I think I can do this for the long haul. Share your roasted veggie ideas with me! I will soon be doing a haul at my favorite Spice store...Penzey's. I love experimenting with spices on roasted veggies! Oh, and I lost 3 pounds this week eating all this fabulous food...so I am a Smaller Hauler!