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Meatless Monday: 5 Simple Foods that Taste Great Roasted

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Meatless Monday: 5 Simple Foods that Taste Great Roasted

If you’re a comedy fan or pop culture aficionado, you probably love a good roast. Why not bring that sensibility to the kitchen?

Roasting chestnuts on an open fire may sound both dangerous and Dickensian to you, and a traditional Sunday meat roast may seem daunting. But roasting veggies, pulses, nuts, and even fruit in the safe confines of your oven is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Think of roasting as the winter equivalent of a summer barbecue. Roasted foods boast a crispy, caramelized armour that, when pierced, yields a soft, flavour-rich interior.

Below you’ll find ideas for meatless roasted side dishes and desserts—and if you want to get creative, you could even combine a few for a meatless main.

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There are endless ways to roast root vegetables. This one uses turmeric and freshly cracked black pepper for an exotic taste that’s anti-inflammatory to boot.

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2. Roasted Chickpeas

Nibble on these as a snack food or add them to soups, salads, pasta, and more. The best part? They can be roasted in just 30 minutes—half the time it takes to roast many veggies.

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3. Roasted Garlic

So simple to make, and so versatile in its uses! Mash up the roasted cloves to use as a spread or whip them into mashed potatoes. Alternatively, just enjoy the soft cloves whole. Your immune system will thank you.

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4. Roasted Pears

Roasting isn’t just for savoury dishes. This recipe includes instructions for optional Chocolate Chantilly Cream and Maple Streusel Crumble if you want to turn your roasted pears into a dessert that’s as haute as it is hot.

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5. Roasted nuts

Try these Spicy Honey Roasted Pecans or, yes, some roasted chestnuts (included in a recipe for Avocado Pear Salad). After all, you can’t go wrong with following the spirit, if not the letter, of “The Christmas Song.”  

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