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We would never describe ourselves as foodies, but we occasionally come across a recipe so simple and so delicious (see our Idiot-Proof, High-Altitude Recession Bread) that we feel compelled to share it with you in hopes of goading busy/lazy mediocre cooks like ourselves into gardening, cooking, eating well and saving money.
So here’s another idiot-proof, super-healthy recession meal for you and your family and/or your dinner guests and/or potluck compatriots (even the carnivores) will love: Rosemary Roasted Vegetables With Feta and Pumpkin Seeds.
3 new potatoes
1 small head of cabbage or a 1/2 head
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
3 large carrots
1 red onion
1/4 lb. Crimini mushrooms
1 stalk of broccoli
One of the most beautiful things about this recipe is that you barely have to chop or peel anything, particularly if you get organic vegetables. Just wash everything really well, coarsely chop everything and toss it all into a really big bowl.
1-2 Tbs coarse gray sea salt (preferred, but not required) to taste
1-2 Tbs whole black peppercorns to taste
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/4 cup olive oil
If you have a mortar and pestle, grind the grey salt and peppercorn together until they’re crushed, but not powdery. Sprinkle the mixture over the vegetables to taste. Then add the rosemary leaves and the olive oil. Toss until seasoning and oil are distributed evenly. Then dump the bowl into a baking dish or covered pot of some kind. If you don’t have a lid, cover with aluminum foil and place in oven to bake for one hour at 425 degrees, removing the lid for the last 10 minutes if you like the edges of your veg browned.
Scoop the veg into bowls and add slices or sprinkles of feta cheese and/or pumpkin seeds (or not if you’re a vegan or have vegans coming to dinner) and you should feel healthy, not as poor as you could’ve been if you’d gone out to eat, and possibly a little bit wiser, though we don’t have any scientific evidence to back it up.
Keep this recipe in mind as you grow your vegetable patch. Any vegetable mix works. We also really like shallots instead of onions, or whole cloves of garlic.