Rainbow roasted vegetables


All good cooks know that we eat with our eyes first. This recipe for rainbow roasted vegetables, inspired by the Simply Vegan Blog, features veggies in nearly every color of the rainbow — all lined up and roasted in the oven, with tons of flavor and absolutely zero fat. They make a feast for the eyes and the palate.

As a side dish for a dinner party, this platter will dazzle in shades of purple, red, orange, yellow and green. Guests will be amazed that something so simple can look so beautiful. Even your non-veggie lovers may brave a bite.

Don’t save this delightful dish for an event, though; it’s easy enough to throw together any day of the week. Even as a simple accompaniment for a Buddha bowl or a roasted veggie salad, its colors will rev the appetite. For extra convenience, you can wash, cut and store the produce the day before. Just drizzle on the vinegar and spices when you’re ready to roast them.

Also — you don’t have to stick with a perfect rainbow, and can substitute any other vegetable you like. Best are tasty varieties that have good color and can withstand roasting, such as butternut squash, yams, Brussels sprouts and asparagus. Golden, purple and striped beets are absolutely stunning when roasted. Carrots come not just the familiar orange, but also in red, purple and white. (If you can’t find these less common varieties at your grocery store, check a farmer’s market.)

What about seasonings? Balsamic vinegar adds zing and brightness, plus a bit of moisture. Thyme and oregano tie all the flavors together, and red pepper flakes add a zip of heat.

These veggies are so tasty that you won’t even notice that they’re completely fat-free. No oil in this recipe at all! So enjoy as many helpings as you want — your waistline won’t notice.

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Combine thyme and oregano for these rainbow roasted vegetables

Combine thyme and oregano for rainbow roasted vegetables


Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper


Combine the beautiful herbs and spices thoroughly

Combine the beautiful herbs and spices thoroughly


Arrange cut vegetables in rows on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Arrange cut vegetables in rows on a parchment lined baking sheet


Brush Rainbow roasted vegetables with balsamic vinegar

Brush Rainbow roasted vegetables with balsamic vinegar


Sprinkle herb and spice mixture evenly over the vegetables

Sprinkle herb and spice mixture evenly over the vegetables


The perfect side dish!

Vibrant colors and so much flavor!


Loaded with great flavor

Loaded with great flavor


Remove from oven when rainbow roasted vegetables are tender

Remove from oven once Rainbow roasted vegetables are tender


Give them a try today!


These rainbow roasted vegetables are so simple to make!

These Rainbow roasted vegetables are so simple to make!


Rainbow roasted vegetables

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 whole red bell pepper
  • 1 whole yellow bell pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots in variety of colors
  • 1 whole zucchini
  • 1 small head broccoli florets
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2–4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut all veggies into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Line up chopped vegetables on baking sheet by type, row by row.
  5. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  6. Sprinkle veggies with thyme, oregano and red pepper flakes.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for  20–25 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through.

Notes

  • Cut vegetables into pieces of the same size for even cooking.
  • Tamari, soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, or any type of vinegar (including flavored) can be used in place of balsamic vinegar.

Courses Side dish

Beautiful pops of color

Beautiful pops of color