While I normally think that "trendy" things are not worth following most of the time, I am glad that the focus is on vegetables. Why? Well, it means that they become widely available!
Case in point: kale, which was a base for a small meal I had recently.
New vegetables are intimidating. I usually stick to my favorites -- broccoli, cauliflower, etc. -- but I recently found that they sell frozen brussels sprouts. Talk about accessibility!
NOTE: I've been experimenting with picture sizes lately on the blog. Is this size adequate?
Above: Rounding up ingredients for a dinner side-dish: sea salt, olive oil, frozen brussels sprouts, tomatoes, balsalmic vinegar.
I put these in the oven at 400 degrees for about half an hour, opening every 5-10 minutes to move the stuff around...
Above: The final product. I had also used some of the same leftover oil mentioned above (yes, again... that 3 tbsp got very far) to make pita chips... with a little paprika. They turned out so crispy and delicious that I will make them regularly.
The sprouts turned out flavorful, though I don't really like the tender middle much and would cut them in half next time. Maybe at some point, I can try this with fresh sprouts, but this frozen version worked very well. This was my first go at roasting veggies, and they turned out great!
The tomatoes are in there somewhere... they got WAY too shriveled in the oven. I think I need more hearty tomatoes to do this in the future, but they had a wonderful deep flavor that would probably be great on pizza!
"The Ukrainian" made homemade guacamole, so that is on the top left of the plate.