This is an excellent side dish to almost any meal. It is healthy, and you can tailor it to fit any vegetables that are in season (grape tomatoes are good, but they do tend to explode, though). I find that this recipe is great for large groups, because, aside from the prep (a bunch of cutting and chopping), it is easy to make a lot of food with minimal effort. Be creative, and enjoy!
- 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
- 3 new potatoes, cubed
- 1 red onion, quartered and pieces separated
- 2 zucchini, sliced 1-inch thick
- 2 summer squash, sliced 1-inch thick
- 1 (8 ounce) bag baby carrots
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, ends of stems cut off
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (1 tsp. dried)
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (2 tsp. dried)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
- 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- salt (a shake or two)
- black pepper (a shake or two)
- Chop all the vegetables, as specified in the ingredient list.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Mix thyme, rosemary, basil (if using), garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; set aside.
- Put the chopped vegetables in a large bowl, then pour the oil/vinegar/herb mixture over the vegetables.
- Stir until all the vegetables are coated evenly.
- Line a baking sheet or roasting pan tray with aluminum foil, and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Spread the vegetables evenly on the pan and pour the remaining oil/vinegar/herb mixture on top (you can also put additional salt and/or pepper on now, if you want to).
- Roast for 40 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft when poked with a fork.