Quick Roasted Veggies that taste like Candy

veggie Header FINALOne of the biggest obstacles that people face when trying to get more veggies in their life is:

  1. They don’t like the taste
  2. They take too long or are difficult to prepare

Well kids, I’m “squashing” (Pun COMPLETELY intended) those excuses today. What if I told you, you can make your veggies taste like dessert! BUT be completely healthy AND have them ready in under 10 min.

Intrigued? I thought so.

I originally got inspired for this recipe by one of my favorite food blogs Chocolate Covered Katie. (And if you really want a good laugh, check out my epic fail at making her black bean brownies.)

This recipe is SO versatile, you could basically use almost any veggie with any seasoning. But, since I’m attempting to make your veggies taste amazing AND hopefully convert a few non-veggie lovers, I’ll just be showing you one way. But by all means, take this method and run with it.

Quick Roasted Veggies

  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1/4 Eggplant
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Small Butternut Squash
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil (yep that’s it. I know.)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt,Himalayan Salt, or Coconut Aminos (optional)
  • Step 1: Turn Broiler to Hi
  • Step 2: Foil & Spray a Cookie Sheet (I like Coconut Oil Cooking Spray from Trader Joes)*see below
  • Step 3: Chop your veggies in equal sizes so they will all cook at the same rate. I will usually slice the zuchinni in rounds or 1/2 circles depending on how large it is. The Eggplant & Squash I find works best when you slice it into rounds and then quarter the slices. Just try to keep your thickness consistent.
  • Step 4: Slightly spray your veggies with the cooking spray. Do NOT use the oil yet, that’s for later 🙂  Lightly season with Salt or Coconut Amino’s.  I prefer the Coconut Amino’s, but to each his own 😉
  • Step 5: Place in Broiler for 4-5 min.  You want them to brown, but not burn and the difference between the two is literally 30 seconds. 🙂
  • Step 6: Remove Tray, Flip Veggies, and place them back under the broiler for 3-ish minutes. Just watch the veggies for good color.
  • Step 7: Once browned on both sides, quickly remove the veggies and place them in a Large plastic Freezer bag** with tsp of Coconut Oil and lots of Cinnamon. Give it a couple good shakes.  Seal bag and give your veggies a good massage, they’ve had a rough week.
  • Step 8: Mangia!

**IF you prefer not to use a Freezer bag you can also toss veggies, coconut oil and cinnamon in a large bowl. Still delicious, but you’re veggies won’t be quite as covered with the coconut oil.

*Hi I’m belowIMG_7179Can you believe you can go from raw veggies:

IMG_7180to ah-mazingly yummy side dish with 1 tsp of coconut oil in under 10 min?

IMG_7192It’s almost to good to be true.

So veggie lovers and veggie haters alike, hope this helps you get in and out of the kitchen fast AND add a little health to your “No Small Life.”

Until Next Time,

Meg

PS…What are your favorite methods for quick cooking veggies?

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Comments

  1. Sue Matouka says:

    Megan I can’t wait to try, thanks for sharing. 😊

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  2. Deborah Holland says:

    I love my veggies grilled, but my grill is under two feet of snow so……don’t know why I didn’t think of my broiler! My second favorite way to quick cook our veggies and the one my hubby will eat, is to stir fry them with some peanuts. It actually takes longer to cut up the veggies than it does to cook them! 🙂

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  3. We love roasted veggies! Cannot wait to try these.

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  4. This sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try this out!

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  5. Yeah I have tried to do these before and they never turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters LInky Party this week!

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  6. This sounds wonderful. I am going to have to try this. What a great idea and a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Thanks so much for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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  7. Wow, yum! Love how many veggies you can squeeze into one dish. I love to grill Zucchini, Mushrooms and Onions. Can’t wait to try this- I haven’t actually used the broiler for veggies yet.

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    • Yum! I love grilling veggies in the summer😄 what’s nice is you get that same “char” in the broiler that you do on the grill. Hope you enjoy Ashley! Thanks for stopping by

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  8. Ahhh!!! These sound SO good!!!!

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  9. These sound like an easy way to get veggies into the toddler. Possibly not the husband as if he sees its a veggie I am foiled!!! Must pin it though, great title, really hooked me in!

    Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

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  10. I wonder if this would make my husband like eggplant!?

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  11. Hi Megan,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays that goes live on Thursday 7pn EST. Thanks so much for sharing with us and being part of Real Food Fridays.

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  12. This looks really yummy!

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  13. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    I looove veggies and these look so delicious, Megan!! I’ve never heard of that spray… will have to check it out! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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  14. These loo delicious, roasting veggies is almost as good as grilling them!

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  15. I haven’t seen coconut oil spray but I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip, Megan. Great to find your beautiful blog. Visiting from Real Food Friday!

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    • So glad you stopped by Robyn!! I really like using either the coconut spray OR an oil mister that you add your own oil to and pump to spray. Both are great options👍

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  16. This look amazingly mouthwatering.
    Thank you for stopping by Friday Feature @Oh My Heartsie Girl this week!
    ♥Happy Valentines♥!!
    Karren

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  17. Okay, this sounds great, and what a fun way to entice my little ones! #pinned #turnituptuesday

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  18. Looks good. And healthy. Going to have to try too. I don’t have a favorite way to cook… I have so many main dishes and dessert, but have a serious shortage of side dishes.
    Jennie
    TheHousewifeModern.com
    p.s. I found your post via the “Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party”
    p.p.s. Going to check out your Pinterest right now!

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    • It’s so easy to go to the same side dishes all the time, I’m guilty of it myself. 😉hope this gives you some fresh inspiration! Thanks for stopping by Jennie & yes, I have a very “drool worthy” “recipes” Pinterest board! 😉enjoy!

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  19. workingmommagic says:

    this looks great!! I love roasted veggies!

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  20. Looks so Yummy!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more of your favorite things!! Pinned!

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  21. These look healthy and scrumptious, I need to get to Trader Joes, there quit a ways from me so I dont shop as often as I like, I will look for the coconut spray. And aminos? interesing.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe on Friday Features!!!
    Have a great weekend, Karren

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    • Thank you Karren☺️ I hear ya, I’m a good 1/2 hr away from Trader Joes so I have to stock up when I go. And yes, coconut aminos, believe it or not! Great soy sauce substitute 😊have a wonderful weekend Karren, thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I have NEVER tried coconut oil, but now I just have to!

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  23. This looks incredible! I’m licking my lips right now. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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  24. CANDY?! Okay, this I MUST try! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend with you 🙂 Happy Friday! #TGIF

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  25. Veggies that taste like candy? Is this too good to be true? I am going to find out…pinning this and making it ASAP! I saw your post over at “Friday Finds” blog party.

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  26. hi girly!
    I’m starting a new link party over at my blog on Tuesdays and id love for you to stop by and share a post!

    -K
    http://peeledwellness.com

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  27. I usually do this when I am roasting a chicken or roast and cook them low and slow for 40 minutes to an hour. Definitely like the idea of smaller slices in the broiler and done in 10 minutes.

    visiting from Wine’d Down Wednesday.

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  28. ivegotbigbulls says:

    Wow! These sound great! Going to try this! I just wish that TJs coconut spray didn’t have soy in it! If you like healthy recipes I have some great ones over at my blog; hungrymountaineer.com and we even have a FB page now!

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    • So glad you stopped by, can’t wait to check out your blog! I know, I wish TJ’s didn’t contain Soy either! 😦 But I have seen a few that don’t in my regular grocery store, so there’s hope 🙂

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  29. This seems like a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it!
    Thanks for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday link party!
    We hope to see you next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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  30. Hey where do you get Coconut aminos? Is that the same as Bragg liquid aminos? Looks delish!

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  31. I want to try that spray!! Yummy! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned

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    • Thank you Elaine! That means so much ☺️ that spray is great! Recently, I found one by Pompei at Target and Kroger if you’re not near a trader joes 🙂

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  32. Sue Matouka says:

    Megan I so look forward to your postings. Love everything you post. I will have to try this veggie recipe. What farmers market did u get those from? Yum! Oh and I have never seen coconut amio where do u find that? Love ya 😉

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    • Thanks so much Sue! Those were from the Birmingham Farmers Market, but I’ve also gotten the baby Eggplant at Rochester. Coconut Aminos, you have to get at a “healthier” grocery store like Whole foods or better Health. And they also carry them at Vitamin Shoppe. Hope that helps!! 🙂

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      • Sue Matouka says:

        Thanks Megan, did u noticed how the time clock is so off on here? It said I sent u a response at 5:30 pm and it’s nowhere near. LOL Can’t wait to try the coconut amino. I love the regular one. But coconut sounds so interesting. Girlfriend you should being doing a healthy lifestyle group. I would join.

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      • I did notice the clock is off lol Not quite sure how to fix that haha. Thank you so much Sue 🙂 Such a sweet compliment.

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  33. I’m lucky because my kids love their veggies, but I bet if I made them taste like candy they would eat even more.

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