Archive for April, 2015

Beautiful & Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Home Made Cooking

We were hosting for Passover this year. I love hosting, but you know what I love more? The feeling after everyone’s gone and enjoyed their time around the table.

Ever since we moved to Canada, we’ve been having our Passover Seder meals with friends. We used to have them with family and then it’s bigger and more food and obviously, less work.

To minimize work and make it fair, we ask everyone to bring something with them for the meal. So other than the food I made friends brought over Sheppard’s pie, broccoli quiche, salads, fish cakes, smoked salmon, seasoned chicken drumsticks, potatoes, wine and even dessert. The table was PACKED; we couldn’t see it under all the food that was served. And although I knew we are going to have a bunch of food (and leftovers) I wanted to make sure we have something purely vegetarian on the table that’s not potatoes.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you must know by now that my husband is vegetarian, so I needed to make sure that we have a festive vegetable dish on the table as well.

What’s better for inspiration than Pinterest? So I logged on and started looking at veggie dishes. When I stumbled upon this idea I couldn’t understand how I haven’t thought of it before.
So simple yet elegant, so colorful and delicious!

This veggie dish is my go-to for sure! Roasted on a mound of sautéed onion and garlic, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese (optional of course – still amazing without it as well) this is the veggies they serve in heaven for sure. Really folks, I’m not going over the top here…well maybe just a little bit. But these are super good. After you smell them you’ll be hooked, and that’s without even tasting it.

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Happily adapted from the wonderful “For The Love Of Cooking” blog

Beautiful & Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables
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Recipe type: Vegetables
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
This amazing side dish is not only easy and completely beautiful, it's also healthy. What a great way to impress your guests and friends with a side dish that requires minimum efforts. My favorite.
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium-Large Sweet Potato
  • 2 Zucchinis
  • 1½ Onion - Divided
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 2½ Tbsp Olive Oil – Divided
  • ½ Tbsp Dry Thyme
  • ½ Tbsp Dry Basil
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional – for sprinkling on top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Cut the sweet potato, zucchini & ½ Onion in half length-wise, and slice into ¼ inch slices and set aside.
  3. Slice the Roma tomatoes into ¼ inch thick slices and set aside
  4. In a pan, over medium high heat place 1 Tbsp olive oil. Chop the remaining 1 onion and sauté in the pan while stirring, until translucent.
  5. Add in the minced garlic and mix together for another 30 seconds (garlic burns fast) and remove from heat.
  6. Prepare a 9-9.5 inch Pyrex dish and place the sautéed onion and garlic on the bottom of the dish. Spread evenly.
  7. Start placing the sliced veggies in the dish on top of the sautéed onions. You can place the veggies in any pattern you want (I went with sweet potato, zucchini, tomato, onion and repeated the pattern all around the dish).
  8. Once you’re done setting up the veggies, sprinkle them with thyme and basil and them drizzle with the remaining 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil on top.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  10. After 35 minutes, remove the foil (sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese if you’re using it for this recipe) and bake for another 20-25 minutes.

 

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

Easy Thyme Roasted Vegetables

We were hosting for Passover this year. I love hosting, but you know what I love more? The feeling after everyone’s gone and enjoyed their time around the table. Ever since we moved to Canada, we’ve been having our Passover Seder meals with friends. We used to have them with family and then it’s bigger […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things

In My Kitchen

Ever since I found Pinterest and started pinning my recipes, it opened my eyes to some pretty amazing things. Things like beautiful and easy DIY projects (which I love doing) and yummy, amazingly looking foods.
Every time after vising Pinterest (which happens a few times a day), I feel the urge to go do something, create something, cook something. Obviously, actually going and creating or cooking something requires energy which I usually don’t have after spending the day at work, so I look for shortcuts online, for tools that will help me or make it easier.
Amazon and Ebay are my favorite when it comes to finding the good (and affordable) stuff, so I took a stroll and found some things I have and love and some other things I REALLY want to buy; Thought I’d share and spread the love 🙂
After all, spring brings out the shopper in me (call me weird).
Spice Gripper
I just found out that this thing exists. I have 2 completely FULL kitchen cabinets with spices, boy how nice it would be to actually organize everything and not have something fall on my head (nearly heating it) every time I open the cupboard. I’m definitely getting these!

Spice Gripper

Pebeo Porcelaine Markers
These are perfect for gift making! I saw this amazing idea on Pinterest where you can take porcelain or ceramic cookie jar, fill it with cookies (duh) and write the recipe on the jar. How fun is that? These markers will do the job.

Porcelain Markers

 

Two Tier Mesh Sliding Cabinet Organizer
So I bought this for one of my kitchen cabinets, and it is a true space saver. It’s amazing how much space I have now (well, had…because I immediately found something to place there). These are super convenient and they made my things a lot more accessible. It’s so easy to find stuff now. And I even got it for this same price 🙂

Cabinet Organizer for kitchen

 

KitchPRO Veggie Chopper
Finally, something that makes sense!
I have this fry cutter at home but in mine, you have to squeeze the handle and then what happens all the time is that the cut potato just goes flying into my kitchen wall. With this one, all you need to do is push and there you have it – nicely cut veggies and super-fast homemade potato fries.

Veggie Chopper

 

Lattice Roller
You guys, there isn’t really a pie season you know. It’s always pie season, soon it’ll be strawberries, and then blueberries and then pears and apples. Look at this funky gadget! It helps you create a lattice that looks like you worked on it for hours. I’m sold! One roll and your guests are impressed. Just don’t give away the secret 🙂

Lattice Roller
So these were things I found online, some I already have and some I’ll definitely make sure I have in the very near future (Hi credit card, it’s me! 🙂 ).
Please share if you have some of these or purchased them, I really want to hear about your experience – can’t live in a bubble no more LOL

Kitchen Gadgets

Ever since I found Pinterest and started pinning my recipes, it opened my eyes to some pretty amazing things. Things like beautiful and easy DIY projects (which I love doing) and yummy, amazingly looking foods. Every time after vising Pinterest (which happens a few times a day), I feel the urge to go do something, […]

Read More