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Roasted Cauliflower Carrots and Zucchini

roasted cauliflower carrots and zucchini

During winter I roast vegetables several nights per week. I learned in my Ayurvedic training during the early 1990’s that it’s important to adapt both cooking and eating to the seasons. Mostly, though, it’s just common sense to eat local root vegetables in the winter (this is one of my favorite carrot recipes) and to run a nice toasty oven on a cold evening.

Roasted vegetables are an amazing dish –affordable, easy to make, and quite healthy. One of the best things about this Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, and Zucchini is the beautiful mini-rainbow of colors the vegetables in this dish create.

So if you’re looking for a roasted vegetable recipe, take a peak at this one –it’s perfect for the most seasoned of chefs, as well as beginner cooks. Personally, I think this is the best way to cook zucchini and carrots…and cauliflower too!

Roasted Cauliflower Carrots, and Zucchini

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  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 6 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Chop cauliflower into florets
  2. Chop zucchini into ½-inch slices
  3. Chop the carrots on the diagonal into ½ inch slices
  4. Place vegetables in a large bowl
  5. Toss with oil, salt and pepper
  6. Transfer vegetables to a large baking sheet
  7. Roast at 350 for 30 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and stir vegetables on baking sheets
  9. Scatter rosemary sprigs over vegetables
  10. Bake for 10 additional minutes
  11. Serve

Roasted Carrots Zucchini Cauliflower recipe

I have several other roasted vegetable dishes up my sleeve that I will be sharing with you before winter is over.

If you’re in search of a vegetarian or vegan dish for the meat-avoiders in your life, this just might be your ticket. Serve it with a side of Paleo Dirty Rice, or, for the carnivores in your life, serve this with Mexican Chicken and Rice –of course for both of the aforementioned rice dishes, I swap out high carbohydrate rice (the grain) for superfood super-flavorful cauliflower rice.

What is your favorite way to cook vegetables?

Finally, for those of you that follow me on Facebook, I have a little surprise for you over there.


posted on February 25, 2014, 15 comments

  1. Clever Girl Reviews @ clevergirlreviews.com

    I’m also a huge fan of roasting. I usually do onions, peppers, and either a potato or sweet potato mixed into the lower glycemic veg. I’m a huge fan of roasted brussels sprouts and broccoli too!

  2. Alissa - Not Just Apples @ notjustapples.blogspot.com

    Love roasted carrots – it really brings out the flavour!

  3. Beautiful! It still amazes me that people don’t think they like vegetables!

  4. We moved to rural France from Los Angeles, 5 years ago and it totally changed the way I cook. We only get vegetables that are in season here. And only apples and pears for fruit. I always made a big soup each week. Just made one today – kale, broccoli, green beans, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower. We eat it through the week. Sometimes I leave it with chunky vegetables other times I blend it so it’s more of a potage. Love my vegetables!

  5. Susan

    Be sure to use organic zucchini. They now have a lot of GMO zucchini unfortunately.

  6. Cindy Drozda

    Elana,
    I love and appreciate the food lore and recipes that you share! Right on about eating seasonally and locally.

    Where are you getting local cauliflower and zucchini this time of year? I live in Boulder, too, and have still got some storage carrots left to try roasting, but would love some other local veggies.

    Cindy

  7. MARIAN CASEY

    I LOVE TO MAKE HOME FRYS IN THE OVEN. I USE RED POTATOES, OILVE OIL, AND CHOPPED ROSEMARY. WE GROW MOST OF OUR OWN VEGGIES SO I AM ALWAYS FINDING NEW WAYS TO COOK THEM. I ALSO LOVE TO SLICE BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BAKE IN OVEN THE SAME WAY. IT IS SO GOOD!! MY HUSBAND AND I ALSO USE SPAG. SQUASH INSTEAD OF NOODLES FOR OUR SPAGETTI MEALS. IT IS SO MUCH BETTER FOR YOU.
    THANKS TO YOU ELANA MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SLOWLY GOING PALEO. I AM DISABLED BECAUSE OF FYBOMYALGIA,ARTHRITIS, AND IBS SO WE ARE TRYING TO EAT ONLY ORGANIC,GF AND HEALTHY FOODS.
    HOPE THIS FINDS YOU FEELING WELL.
    BEST WISHES,
    MARIAN

  8. MARIAN CASEY

    ELANA,
    PARDON MY USING CAPLOCKS IT IS JUST EASIER FOR ME TO TYPE.
    I GROW MY OWN ORGANIC VEGGIES. MY HUSBAND BUILT 2 FT. HIGH BED SO THAT I COULD JUST SIT ON THE EDGE TO GARDEN. ANYWAY MY QUESTION IS I HAVE 3 HUGE (AT LEAST 2 FT LONG) HUBBARD SQUASH STORED IN THE GARAGE AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD A RECIPE FOR COOKING THEM? PLUS WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE HOW TO CUT THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BIG.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME,
    MARIAN

    • Michele

      Marian – It may be easier for you to type, but it’s probably not easier for most people to read. Have you considered just typing in lower case? It’s much easier on the eyes and so people may be more likely to read your entire comment instead of just the first sentence.

      • marian

        I really didn’t realize that it was that much of a problem for people to read. you are the first person that I have had comment on it. my hands hurt a lot so I don’t type much. thank you for your suggestion.
        marian

  9. Naomi

    Eairlier this week I roasted cauliflower, onion and mushrooms. Tomorrow I plan to roast red, orange and yellow bell peppers with onions and asparagus. I roast whatever veggies I have on hand but I always include onions. My favorite additions are mushrooms, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and yellow squash. I sometimes use coconut oil instead of olive oil to roast my veggies.

    Once cooked my husband and I love to eat them straight out of the oven, by themselves or with a side of meat. I usually save some to take to work and even enjoy them cold. At the last minute I will toss them into simmering chicken stock for a quick soup or I mix them in to some prepared quinoa. Before I stopped eating bread I would make a roasted veggies sandwich with some cheese and grill it!

    Yum! I could eat roasted veggies every day!

  10. William

    Try adding some radishes to your roasting blend, boil them for about 20 minutes, drain as much water out of them as you can, add some EVOO, and season.
    They should fit right in with your other veggies, and you will be surprised at there new taste, the hot will be gone.
    Some members of an Atkins group dared me to try them, and I have several times already. After not eating a radish for about 65 years, because “I did not like them”.
    The hardest part is to remove enough water so they roast easy, I smash them to about 1/2 height so more water comes out and use a paper towel to dry them. Still experimenting on the roasting. They also make a good substitute for potatoes.
    Promise,
    bill,
    Alb.

  11. hanifa arfi

    i tasted the recipe for the dinner, it was delicious and so light!
    i used provencial herbs instead of rosemary because i haven’t at home.
    thank you

  12. Yum and what I really like is that the print option has the picture of the dish ! So many sites only have the recipe .. well, I eat with my eyes so if I print something and can’t remember why I thought it was yummy .. well, then I just don’t end up making it.

    Monica

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