As I am still having to eat soft food I wanted to roast some vegetable and yet create an easy to do ahead dinner for Halloween so you can eat a healthy meal before getting jacked up on sweets and I came up with this creation. This dish can be a entrée or a side dish to any chicken or fish you cook or both as you can make the rice and roasted veggies and use them as a side and then the next night make the veggies into another meal.
I know it looks like there are a lot of steps to this, but it is really very easy to cook up.
Black and Orange Veggies
- 1 cup black rice
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- cook according to package directions
- 2 – 12oz bags butternut squash (as I can be lazy about chopping up a whole squash)
- 2 – 12oz bags cauliflower (again if you want you can just cut up a head of cauliflower
- 1 large yam or two small ones – sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (and I just leave the skin on)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Place all the cut veggies on a large rimmed baking sheet, coat with the olive oil, granulated garlic & paprika. Bake in oven for 40 -45 minutes.
- 2 – 5oz bags of power greens (which combines kale, swiss chard and baby spinach)
- 1/2 large red onion – finely diced
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Heat olive oil in large saute pan, add red onion and salt – cook for a few minutes, add chopped garlic and continue to cook for another minute or so. Add the greens with some salt and continue to cook until wilted.
- 1 can drained and rinsed black beans
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
- Just add the cilantro to the beans.
- When all the ingredients are cooked and ready you can combine in a large to serve or if you are using the veggies from another meal then you can layer them (leave a couple of yam slice out to make the pumpkin faces on) in a loaf pan top with 1 tablespoon of parm cheese and bake at 350 for 25 minutes…please note that the loaf does not really hold together when you cut into it but it is a fun presentation. Or you can layer it up in individual oven proof bowls or even on large oven proof container.