Are you tired of always having the same side dish? Do you want to prepare something that requires only five ingredients, is very easy to make, but tastes like from a restaurant’s menu? If so, try these caramelized oven-roasted vegetables! You will be surprised how something so simple can taste so good…
Since both main ingredients are my bunny’s favorites, the only hard part to make this dish was to not step on Specky. Because he was jumping around and following me everywhere, just to get some piece of carrot or fennel. Seems that the days, in which I use something that also he can eat, are the best days of his life! But apart from that it’s true that it is really easy to make these caramelized oven-roasted vegetables. And they are perfect to be served both as a main dish and a side dish. For example, together with the Eggplant/Aubergine and sundried tomato veggie burger.
For me fennel was a new discovery when I moved to Italy. Especially since it’s very popular here but almost unknown in Latvia. The aroma of it maybe will confuse you, by letting you think that you won’t like it. Especially if you are not a big fan of liquorice. But don’t say goodbye to this vegetable before you have even tried it! Because – guess what!? I literally hate the flavor of liquorice! But I still like the flavor of fennel! When it’s cooked, you don’t feel the flavor of liquorice, so trust me and give it a try!
Health benefits & nutritional values
Carrots instead have been a part of my life since I was a small child. That’s why I know that they’re great for our health. Carrots are rich in vitamins, beta-carotene and fiber. That means that they’re good for our eyesight, skin and digestive system. But what about fennel? First and foremost, I want to point out fennel’s contribution into keeping our digestive system healthy. It helps eliminate excess gas, which might be a problem for vegans, since we eat many legumes. It regulates our intestinal health in case of some unwanted situations, like, diarrhea or constipation. Apart from that fennel contains a lot of vitamin C, which makes it valuable for our immune system. It is popular also for its anti-inflammatory qualities and the possibility to reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). So, in short – fennel is a wonderful vegetable, so include it in your diet!
Despite the benefits of these vegetables, I sometimes wonder why we use the word “superfood” only for something less ordinary. Like chia seeds, goji berries etc. In my opinion every food that benefits our health can be considered as a superfood! Moreover, if it doesn’t require to spend hours in kitchen to prepare it, like it is in this case. The only things that you need to do are cutting, mixing and roasting. Carrots and fennel, both have their individual flavors that together with the balsamic vinegar stand out even more. Besides that, the added balsamic vinegar gives the caramelized flavor to the vegetables. While oregano highlights the freshness of the ingredients.
Perfect also for other type of vegetables
Carrots and fennel mixed together give a pleasant explosion of slightly sweet and sour taste in your mouth. But don’t forget that in the same way you can prepare also other vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts etc. Basically anything you want – let your imagination guide you! Just pay attention to the type of vegetables that you choose. Different vegetables require different cooking time. In order to avoid burning some of them, always cook first those vegetables that require the longest cooking time. And then later add the others that get ready faster.
Of course, you can always also keep it simple. Just like I did this time by using only carrots and fennel. As you know, it’s not about the quantity, but about the quality! And believe me – these caramelized oven-roasted vegetables thanks to only three added ingredients are:
sweet and sour at the same time
full of vitamins
full of fiber
easy to make
and simply yummy!
Let me know, if you try this recipe! Leave a comment or even more – make Specky happy! Snap a picture of your masterpiece and post it on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @bunnymommycooks. And feel free to let your animal family members join in the picture!