The Best California Blend Veggies

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This recipe is a celebration of simplicity where every ingredient shines. A mixture of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower – slathered in a delicate olive oil, garlic and seasoning – is a treat for the senses. When they’re roasted to perfection, these veggies turn into soft, flavorful morsels with a hint of caramel. For those who like it sour, a drizzle of lemon juice and zest adds extra layers. If you’re a cheese lover, an optional sprinkle of Parmesan adds a comforting warmth to the dish.

more cooking methods

Looking for a change up in the way you cook? While roasting is our star technique, here are four other quick and easy ways to bring your veggies to life.

Steam: Place vegetables in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling water. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes, or until softened to your liking. Be careful not to overcook it so it becomes mushy. Your vegetables are now ready to season and enjoy!

Micro-wave oven: Put the vegetables in a microwave-safe dish, add a little water, and cover. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, stirring well halfway through. Season as desired and serve warm.

saute: Heat a pan over medium heat and add a little oil. Add the vegetables and stir often, until they are golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes. A little of your favorite spice adds a delightful flavor.

Air Frying: Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Toss the vegetables in a little oil and seasoning of your choice. Place in a single layer in the basket and cook 10-12 minutes until crisp, shaking the basket halfway through.

frequently asked questions

Can I use fresh vegetables instead of frozen?

Absolutely! Fresh vegetables work just as well in this recipe. Just remember to cut them into bite-sized pieces and reduce the cooking time by about 3-5 minutes.

What can I use instead of olive oil?

You can replace olive oil with other cooking oils like avocado oil, canola oil, or even coconut oil for a different flavor.

Can I add other veggies to this mix?

certainly! Carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower are the standard California mix, but feel free to experiment with adding other veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, or even Brussels sprouts. Cooking times may vary.

Helpful Tips for Beginners

Cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating! Remember, it’s okay if you don’t have every single ingredient. This recipe is very versatile, so feel free to make your own. If you’re new to cooking, here are some tips:

  • When cutting fresh vegetables, try to make the cuts roughly the same size. This ensures even cooking.
  • Taste as you go. This is the best way to make sure your dish has enough seasoning.
  • Remember, you can always add more salt, but you can’t take it away. Start with a little and add more if needed.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment! Cooking is all about making something you love.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to creating delicious meals. Enjoy the process, taste the flavors, and most of all, have fun!