I love roasted vegetables. I love how simple and hassle-free it is to prepare them and I love how the vegetables’ natural sweet and savoury taste comes through. I find that the way peppers or butternuts or pumpkins even taste after being roasted is more prominent compared to when you steam or stir-fry them. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter two methods of preparing vegetables but I’m just making my case here as to why I love roasted veg! You can enjoy them with the meat of your choice, perfect for a lean meal! So if you’re trying to watch what you’re eating you may want to give this a go.
1 small pumpkin
1/2 pkt fresh okra
1 punnet baby marrow
3 medium carrots
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 punnet button mushrooms
1 tbsp canola/ pure vegetable cooking oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic and herb seasoning
1. Get your ingredients together. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line your oven tray with the foil paper and set aside.
2. Chop your vegetables into medium sized chunks. Put them in a bowl and add the oil, salt and pepper and the garlic and herbs seasoning.
3. Give a good mix until everything is evenly coated with the oil and seasoning. Scoop the vegetables into the prepared oven tray.
4. Roast in preheat oven for 35-45 min or until the vegetables are nice and tender. Give a quick mix whilst they are still in the oven, about 15 min
into the cooking time. Enjoy
NYIMO (BLACK EYED PEAS) PATTIES (serves 7)
I have never been a fan of nyimo since I was wee high!! But after deciding to give them a bit of a kick, I’ll proudly say I’m a nyimo-lover!! IF they are made in this way or any other way, as long as they’re not plain! My husband on the other hand has always loved them and he also especially enjoyed these patties. I served them with a salad and some sauce drizzled on them as a light supper. These will be perfect for vegetarians as well.
250g nyimo (black-eyed peas), cooked
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp pure cooking oil
1. Get your ingredients together. Put the nyimo in a bowl. Mash them up lightly with the potato masher; leaving some still intact, do not let it all
become too mushy.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until evenly combined.
3. Lightly rub your hands with oil. Scoop a bit of the mixture using a tablespoon into your hands.
4. Flatten and shape it into a patty. Repeat process until the mixture is finished.
5. Heat oil in pan. Add the patties.
6. Fry until golden brown on either side (about 2 min on each side)
7. Put in a warm place until ready to serve. Enjoy!