This winter has been rough! Between the record-breaking cold and the snow day after snow day, I have retreated to comfort foods to get me through. Many times comfort food ends up equaling meals that aren’t so great for me (Mac’N’Cheese, anyone?) Well, I have discovered my new comfort food. Or, maybe it is a whole comfort way of cooking – ROASTING!
I will admit, it is so much easier for me to eat healthier meals in the spring and summer. During that time of year, I enjoy taking walks in my neighborhood when I can actually see the lovely, healthy food springing up from my neighbors’ gardens. Not to mention my weekly stroll through our Farmer’s Market- all of the in-season food just asking to be made into something yummy! Well, we are a long way off yet until my neighbors’ gardens and the Farmer’s market start giving me meal inspiration but thankfully, spring and summer aren’t the only seasons that offer us delicious and good-for-you food. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, apples, leeks, mushrooms, cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, oranges, tangerines, carrots, beets, onions, as well as winter squash are among some of the great offerings that the colder months have to offer and so many pair extremely well with my new “cozy-blanket” of cooking- roasting.
Out of that list of fruits and veggies, I have roasted every single one of them except for the oranges and tangerines (will have to give that a try next!) and, so far, I haven’t met a roasted food that I hadn’t liked. Even vegetables that I thought I didn’t really like before, like Brussels sprouts, were amazing roasted. Roasting food brings out the natural sweetness- giving you a browned, caramelized, crispy treat that seems to be, now that I’ve tried it, the only right way to prepare these foods I don’t really have a roasting “recipe” per se and there are many great how-to’s on how to roast vegetables (and yes- you can roast fruit as well. Be sure to try some apples!) but let me just encourage you to not give up on delicious, healthy eating in these cold, winter months!