Don´t you just love the smell of vegetables roasting in the oven after being infused with a marinade containing fragrant mediterranean herbs? I certainly adore that smell…
Here I cut up onion, pumpkin, carrot and red beet and marinated them for a couple hours in olive oil (just enough to coat), some sea salt and a generous amount of dried oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary. Then I baked them in the oven until they got cooked through and browned a bit, stirring at times to allow them to bake evenly.
I had also some lentils cooked with bayleaf and salt and the grain was a rice/amaranth mixture with nori flakes to top.
Usually when I think of pasta, I think of a rich creamy sauce – yes, the memory of all those thick tomato sauces… well, this time I decided to use some (dried) tomatoes, but instead of a sauce I created some sort of veggie sautee to serve on top of my glutenfree corn pasta 🙂
First sautee sliced onion with a pinch of salt on some olive oil until translucent. Then add a few finely chopped dried tomatoes (allowed to soak for at least half an hour, better more), green beans chopped into bite-sized pieces, thinly sliced leek and thin quarter-moons of zucchini. Add a sprinkle of salt (beware – some dried tomatoes can be very salty) and stir until vegetables become bright. Add dried herbs (I used oregano, basil and garlic powder) and water, cover with a lid and let steam for five to ten minutes until veggies are tender. If you cook the veggies longer, the tomatoes will become more soft which might be nicer, so decide for yourself… I might even try first blending the tomatoes with some water before using them. At the end stir in some fresh minced parsley. Easy peasy!
Roasted cauliflower is something very simple which you absolutely don´t expect to come out so divine! It sounds really…boring. But trust me and give it a try, it´s not as plain as it sounds. Especially if you do what I did and toss the cauliflower florets with some olive oil to coat, salt, 1 or 2 finely minced garlic cloves and a generous sprinkle of dried thyme, oregano and basil, and let it sit in a bowl in the fridge overnight (or 24 hours, like in my case… :-D). The smell is quite overpowering, but worth the final effect. Roast the cauliflower on a baking tray lined with baking paper (or a silicone mat), for about half an hour on 180°C, turning the florets mid-way.
Served with quinoa mixed with chopped fresh parsley leaves and gomasio, and a salad of shredded leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce and diced carrot, with a simple dressing of olive oil and ume plum vinegar.