Roasted Fall Veggies

Roasted veggies are probably one of my all-time favorite ways to enjoy various fall vegetables that are in peak season. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets, sweet potatoes…hmmm what else! The caramelized flavor, the golden brown color, and the little crispy bits that get stuck to the pan, if someone doesn’t like a certain veggie – have them try it roasted and see if they like it! The veggies can be roasted in so many different ways, Italian seasonings, curry seasonings, sometimes I just prefer sea salt and pepper, or the veggies can even be mixed with Dijon mustard and then roasted. What are your favorite spices and/or herbs to use when roasting veggies?

Roasted Fall Veggies

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli pieces
  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into pieces
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and sliced in half
  • 2 beets, washed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 sweet potato, washed and chopped into cubes
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite spices/herbs (I like thyme and cumin seeds ~ 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil and a tablespoon of water with the broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Toss until veggies are coated with the oil. Arrange veggies on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper and half of your spice and/or herb mixture.

Using the same bowl, combine the remaining tablespoon of oil and a tablespoon of water with the beets and sweet potatoes. Toss until veggies are coated with oil mixture. Arrange on another baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your remaining spice and/or herb mixture.

Note: The veggies can be roasted at a higher temperature, but I prefer to keep the temp. at 350 degrees b/c any higher than that and the coconut oil will surpass it’s smoke point.

The sweet potatoes and beet tray may be placed in the oven first for a 20-minute head-start before placing the other tray in the oven. Once both trays are in oven, bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes or until veggies are fork-tender and golden brown.

Fermented Bean Dip

  • 2 cups dried beans
  • 1 kombu strip
  • 2 ½ to 3 cups cooking liquid
  • ¼ of a red onion
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup fermenting liquid (see note below)

Soak 2 cups of dried beans in a large bowl covered with fresh water overnight. (I used cranberry beans but any bean would work.) In the morning, drain the beans. Put the beans in a large bowl or dish in which they have enough room. Allow the beans to sprout for 2 to 3 days. Each day, rinse and drain the beans.

When the beans are sprouted, cook them over low heat in pot of water with a kombu strip added until cooked through (they should be soft and tender).

When the beans are cooked, drain them, reserving the cooking liquid and kombu strip.  Add the beans and kombu strip to a high-powered blender along with 2 ½ cups of the cooking liquid. Puree until soft and beans are well blended (add more or less liquid as necessary). Then add in ¼ of a red onion, 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, and 2 teaspoons sea salt. Blend again until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the pureed mixture into a large bowl. Wait until the pureed beans cool and then add your fermented liquid. I used sauerkraut juice from Bubbies Sauerkraut. Allow the mixture to sit out for 2 to 4 days. The end result should have a tangy taste, it’s hard to describe. Taste it each day so you can tell the difference as it becomes fermented.

The dip is great with fresh veggies (use it as you would hummus) or mixed with a grain of your choice. You can also spread some on top of a tortilla topped with veggies and roll it up for a healthy vegetarian sandwich.

Fermenting liquid: Any liquid that is fermented will work. I happened to have sauerkraut juice in my fridge that I used. Whey strained from yogurt or even just yogurt would work as well or a probiotic capsule should work. If you have any question, let me know.

Benefits of Fermenting