Sunday, July 3, 2016

Summer Roasted Garlic Squash

Technically the title should be summer roasted garlic squash AND bell peppers, parsnips, and eggplants but that just didn't do it for me.

I love some good ol fashioned roasted veggies. With the right seasonings they can be magic. They're so simple but they taste amazing. Since showing up to a party full-handed is always a good idea, I wanted to share this simple summer dish of assorted roasted veggies.

Olive oil cooking spray
Bell peppers
Yellow squash
Zucchini squash
Sea salt
Rosemary Garlic
Garlic & herb seasoning (can be found at Walmart)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with a nonstick cooking spray.
I removed the skin from my parsnips with a peeler and de-seeded my bell peppers before slicing.
Slice your veggies

Since the parsnips and bell peppers can take a little longer to cook and the eggplant and squash cooks faster, I recommend cooking the former two together and the latter three together. You may have to cook them in batches.
Coat your veggies evenly with your olive oil cooking spray (I prefer using this to regular olive oil because I can make sure everything gets coated evenly).
To season the parsnips and bell peppers, I topped them with sea salt and a generous coating of rosemary garlic.
For the eggplant and squash I used sea salt and the garlic and herb seasoning.
Roast the parsnips & bell peppers for 35 minutes.
Roast the squash for 12-15 minutes.
Cover veggies with aluminum foil before transporting them to the partayy!

I've roasted all types of veggies including brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots depending on what tickles my fancy at a particular period. For this, since squash is the quintessential summer vegetable I couldn't leave it out of the mix. I added in eggplant because it's a more grownup veggie, bell peppers because I love a little heat, and parsnips because I've recently become obsessed with them. But by all means choose your faves.

Funny story (not really): For the first time this past Saturday I decided to do what seemed like an adult thing to do and took advantage of my oven's self clean function. For those of you who've done this, you know that the oven has to be locked beforehand. Well, I now have a clean oven that I can't open. Damn lever! I called my apt. people and they told me that maintenance most likely wouldn't be able to get to it until Tuesday since it was a holiday weekend and this wasn't a maintenance emergency.

Besides learning that we differ greatly on what constitutes an emergency, I've learned that dirty ovens are awesome because at least you can access them.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Or have I just proved that I'm meant to be a kid forever?!

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