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Rainbow Roast Vegetable One Pan Dinner

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I love a few of  those under 30 minutes, look impressive but easy as sh*t type recipes up my sleeve. Here’s one of those for you.

Besides being a plate of deliciousness, it’s a great way to get veggies in and stretch your grocery shopping out a week. It’s my go-to easy but I still want to pretend I’m eating food/being somewhat healthy meal. 

Six different types of veggies cooked six ways. In fact there’s no real science to this – I cooked it two days in a row, and switched things up both days. If you’ve got a fave spice mix, go for it. Cumin, paprika, tarragon. It’s all on the table (roasted vegetables and herbs and spices, you just can’t go wrong)

You just want to make sure you have,

  1. Lots of different types of vegetables – variety is impressive!
  2. Factor in cooking times and cut sizes for ultimate laziness

It’s really a chuck it all in and pull out dinner at the end kind of dish. It’s somewhat healthy – especially if you’re a high fat – low carber (minus the taters’). If you’re not, well, just call it tasty.

The secret to this dish is being able to put everything in at once, and pull it out in 30-45 minutes, and boom, instant rainbow on a plate. It’s almost like a roast, but with none of the hard work.

Use broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini. Whatever you’ve got in the crisper, just remember – if something takes longer to cook, but it smaller. Cooks fast? Leave it whole or bigger cuts. You’ll get everything cooking relatively evenly.

What makes this taste so good? You’re creating six mini vegetable dishes on one tray. Cut all your veg up, and mix them up straight on the sheet pan. No extra pans, or boards. It’s really that simple.

It’s a throw it in the oven, pour a glass of red and dinner’s done.

Oh and bonus points for lack of dishes.

Yeah, this is one to favourite.

*bonus tip, make double and have a roast veg salad for lunch for the next day.

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Throw in some protein for a heavier meal. Sausages or Chicken Thighs, Breast (Larger Pieces) go great. You can throw them in at the same time, just make sure any protein is at a size that will take about 30 minutes to oven cook.

I used some lamb sausages.

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Roast6vegeasypan-Finished30 minutes later……

Roast6vegeasypan-DishPlate of deliciousness – so many flavours, all in one bowl

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Eat Your Veg: Warm Zucchini, Parmesan, EVOO Side Dish

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Sometimes you want something that tastes like it should be bad for you but is bordering on the ‘it’s kinda good for me’.

ZucchiniParmesanGarlic-PrepHere’s your obligatory before shot, plate of vegetables? Nah thanks mate

On our last trip to Europe over the Christmas holidays, J and I spent New Years in Milano, Italy. We gorged on the best pizza, pasta, parma, espresso’s and more! But one dish stood out to me.. Who am I kidding, all the dishes were amazing. But one dish stood out for being seemingly underwhelming on paper but oh-so memorable at taste.

It was a pasta dish with boletus mushrooms and zucchini.

Where’s the meat? If that’s what you’re thinking.. Me too. I rarely find a veg dish that can satisfy me just as much as throwing in a little beef..chicken or fish. But this dish did it.

Handmade pasta, boletus, zucchini pieces and just really really good olive oil. I know, so simple and yet so perfectly balanced and bursting in flavour. Who would think I would be trying to stuff myself with MORE zucchini (and pasta)?

So this is an ode to the zucchini and boletus pasta I had in Milano. It’s missing the boletus and the handmade pasta (I haven’t quite mastered handmade pasta, I guess I’ll need to go back to Milano..) but the zucchini shines in it’s simplicity.

ZucchiniParmesanGarlic-closeup-zoomHere’s the after. Yes please mami – one plate of vegetables for me

Just three main ingredients make up this dish, fresh zucchini, shaved parmesan and a good dressing of extra virgin olive oil.

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Call it a salad, call it a warm vegetable dish. Or dish your zucchini up, add some mushrooms and some pasta and pretend you’re in Milano. I don’t care — just enjoy the beauty that is this simple warm zucchini dish. Mangiare! Mangiare!

*zucchini/courgette, whatever you want to call these sexy green vegetables. Just use some nice long ones!


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Bali Bowls: The Halloumi Bowl

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Inspired by living in Canggu, Bali

I spent a month living in Canggu Bali. Firstly I love Bali. It’s probably a prerequisite of being Australian (what with our close proximity to Asia, many Aussies make multiple trips over to Bali, yearly). It’s secondly partly because it combines the culture of Asia with some of the aspects of life that Aussies love so much.

Healthy eating, beaches and surfing and a easy goin’ laidback attitude.

Canggu has been compared to the Bryon Bay of Australia (a town with a surfy hippie reputation). It’s definitely not the most ‘authentic’ version of Bali you can visit but I fell in love with the little somewhat touristy bubble.

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Sunrise at Echo Beach, Canggu

Plant based eating is abundant in Ubud and Canggu, I stand by it being one of the easiest places to tuck yourself away for a month or two, eat well, practice yoga and be by the water.

My favourite places that I went back to again and again were Betelnut Cafe and their sister cafe The Shady Shack. I’d get one of their Bali Bowls from Shady Shack for lunch everyday and they were simply ah-mazing. Ya know when you’re dieting but sometimes a salad seems like the least appealing thing you want to eat?

Well these ‘Bali Bowls’ are like salads on steroids. They’re packed full of all the goodies but taste oh-so-much better than a simple plate of ‘leaves thrown together’. Each of their bowls are bursting with flavours and the bowls themselves are so hearty that if you’re a small eater anyway, you’re going to struggle to get through a whole one.

Life in Canggu, Bali looks like this… spot the Halloumi Bowl

I never thought I could get this excited to eat a salad bowl.

Enough of the amazingness, check it out for yourself.

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L-R: Red rice, Grilled Lime, Julienned Cucumber, Sliced Tomato, Grilled Halloumi, Smashed Avo, Grilled Peppers, Roasted Chickpeas, Beetroot
The other side, baby rocket (argula), the Tangy Yoghurt sauce, fresh hummus, fresh baba ganoush
The other side, baby rocket (argula), the Tangy Yoghurt sauce, fresh hummus, fresh baba ganoush

 

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