Delicious Fall Recipe: Sheet Pan Veggies!

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 
Hi everyone! As the cooler temps begin to roll in, I start to look at my oven and how I can use it to make simple, one-pan meals or sides that store well and can be used with a variety of proteins. And my latest "recipe" is sort of an anything goes, sheet-pan veggie bake! The main ingredients are hearty veggies - see below for some suggestions - tossed in a simple mix of olive oil and balsamic that, once baked, can be used in a variety of ways throughout the next few days. The good news is that almost any veggie will work in this dish, so use what you have on hand! 

Once you have baked up the veggies, serve them with a lean protein like chicken or salmon, for a healthy low-carb meal. Or add to a bowl of brown rice for a vegetarian meal. I even like to warm them up the next day and put on top of a salad for a filling lunch that is healthy and yummy! However you eat it, the veggies in this recipe will give you plenty of antioxidants - important for a robust immune system; fiber to help keep your gut and digestive tract healthy; and complex carbohydrates, which are the good carbs we should focus on!

From this list choose 4-5 vegetables you enjoy:

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli (or Broccolini)
  • Garlic Cloves

Then heat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven heats up, uniformly chop the veggies so they are the same size - about 3/4 inch is a good place to start. (I like to leave the garlic cloves whole, and the broccolini in whole stalks.) Once chopped, put into a bowl and and drizzle some olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar (for a lovely sweetness), and finish with salt and pepper. Then toss to evenly coat and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Don't overcrowd the sheet - give the veggies room to cook! They should take 30-45 minutes to roast, and turn them once during the cooking process. Once finished you can add a squeeze of lemon and some fresh herbs for brightness. If you want some extra protein, halfway through cooking add a can of drained chickpeas and toss with the veggies. 

However you make this versatile, simple "recipe" I think you will love it! And if you want more healthy meals, try my Denise Austin Prepared Meal Delivery! Every week has new offerings - right now I am loving the Turkey Chili with Crispy Shallots - perfect fall comfort food!

Let's live FIT, HAPPY and HEALTHY - together!!