Friday, May 11, 2012

Mixed Veggie Medley

Today is all about simple... and pretty healthy too. It wasn't until I was married and started going to nicer restaurants that I realized vegetables could actually taste pretty delicious.  In college the only vegetable I would even touch was corn... and my Mom used to tell me that wasn't really even a vegetable, so when I found out you could actually eat them without spitting them back out I jumped all over that wagon.  Here is a recipe for a simple veggie medley.  What's great too is you can pretty much change the kind of vegetables you want depending on what you have on hand, but this is my favorite combination.  
Ingredients: 
1lb brussel sprouts
1lb baby carrots
1/3 C bacon bits
olive oil
salt + pepper


Directions:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.  
Prep your veggies; Cut your carrots in half and quarter or half your brussel sprouts depending on how big they are.  You want to make sure they are about the same size so they cook evenly. 

2. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and put your veggies right on top.  Drizzle them well with olive oil and season your veggies with some salt and pepper.  As Paula Deen once said before, you want the brussel sprouts to be coated with salt like you would coat popcorn.  Obviously that's not the healthiest thing on earth, but it does sure taste better.


3. Finally drizzle the veggies with some bacon bits for a little meaty taste (or leave them out if meat is not your thing).  (Also, my husband wanted to let everyone know that real bacon tastes much better than bacon bits, so if your husband thinks that too, and you feel like getting your kitchen all greasy just to make some REAL bacon... feel free.  Personally I think bacon bit are juuuust fine. =) 

Now, get your hands dirty because it's time for you to mix everything together well.  Toss the veggies around so they are evenly coated and seasoned. Pop them in the oven for 35 min at 400F. Once that's done, but the broiler on low for 2 mins for a little crunchy bite.

Enjoy! 
Three simple steps for some mouthwatering veggies. And hey, maybe even kids could get used to veggies this good!

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