Thursday, May 26, 2011

Moroccan Roasted Veggie Pilaf

Lately I've been craving carrots and brussels sprouts roasted in a bit of coconut oil with some coarse salt.  Easy and delicious, I've cooked them up quite a few times recently.  Something about the coconut oil makes these root vegetables irresistible.




Take a moment and let that sink in Mom...  I've been craving brussels sprouts :)  I never thought I'd say that!!




My most recent creation used something else hiding in my cupboard- a Moroccan Curry Kashi Pilaf.  I played up the spices a little bit on the veggies, added some chickpeas and feta, and called it a meal! 




Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Pilaf
Serves 2-3

1lb carrots, peeled
1lb brussels sprouts, trimmed
1 red pepper
1-2T melted coconut oil
moroccan spices
2c Kashi Pilaf (or cooked quinoa, wheat berries, or other grain)
1 can chickpeas
2-3oz feta (I recommend a block made from sheep/goat's milk; or goat cheese)

Preheat oven to 400deg.

Cut up your veggies so they're a relatively uniform size.  My carrots got thickly sliced on the bias and brussels sprouts got halved or quartered to match.  The red pepper also got chopped into chunks about the same size.

Add veggies to a large bowl and toss with coconut oil.  Season with coarse salt and moroccan spices.  I went with eye-balled amounts of cumin, cinnamon, ginger and a dash of cayenne.  (If you want a more precise mix, try Joanne or Dawn's recipes)  Spread on a sheet pan and roast for 30-45min, until cooked through and nicely caramelized around the edges.

While the veggies are roasting, prepare whichever grains you're using and rinse/drain the chickpeas.  Toss the roasted veggies with the cooked grains and chickpeas, then serve up topped with feta. 




Have you tried coconut oil for roasting your root veggies yet??   How about your most recent favorite easy meal??

15 comments:

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh I havent yet - but must give the coconut oil a try yum!

vanillasugar said...

those chickpeas that i made? the smell they left in the house was amazing AND it lasted for 3 days. so everytime i came in the door i would get a nice fresh scent; always reminding me of nyc in the summer. i know random. i gotta try that kashi one.

lesley lifting life said...

Ha, I frequently crave Brussels ... there's just something so delicious about them! With coconut oil and roasted? Yes, please!!

sophia said...

I don't even have coconut oil...I've heard of it all around the blogs, but thought it was just some health food fad. Now that I know YOU endorsed it, I'm curious.

But yeah, I always crave brussel sprouts so I can eat it any way! :-)

Joanne said...

Sigh, I actually always crave brussels sprouts. Super weird, I know. I really need to start doing more with coconut oil...I bet it really amps these up a few notches!

Elizabeth said...

This looks wonderful! My sister uses coconut oil for roasting. It's good with sweet potatoes.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I adore roasting vegetables, especially carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I LOVE roasted veggies - especially Brussels sprouts, although this heat wave has scared me away from our oven for the time being ;). I haven't tried roasting veggies with coconut oil, but after reading that NY Times article singing its praise, I've been contemplating buying a jar. You've convinced me!

Erica said...

I have not tried roasting my veggies in coconut oil! I must now. Brussels rock- one of my favorite veggies. Most recent favorite easy meal? Anything with eggs!

Megan said...

I ALWAYS crave brussels sprouts! But I grew up loving them.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Coconut oil and roasted veggies are my best friend...sooooo delicious!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I am with you on craving Brussels Sprouts! Especially when roasted. I love making easy ethnic dishes like this-- gonna have to get some coconut oil!

Elina (Russian Bites) said...

Totally agree - coconut oil totally brings up the sweetness in root veggies. I used to make carrot fries like that but it's been too long. Your dinner sounds simple and incredibly delicious :)

Jean said...

Not as surprised as you might think Shannon! Your palate has definitely expanded since those days and you now introduce me to new things. I'll have to get some coconut oil!!

Kerstin said...

What a tasty and filling meal - looks delicious! I need to get some coconut oil.

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