Roasted Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Salad

Roasted Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Salad

Roasted Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Salad

Back in high school, when I was a prep chef, I was in charge of preparing a wide variety of the foods and some dishes. Normally, a typical salad is with lettuce of some kind, but not this version. My Roasted Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Salad is truly mouth-watering and light on the belly. Sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for, whether a light lunch or maybe a fun pre-dinner salad.

Roasted Balsamic Glazed Vegetable Salad

Yields

Ingredients

2 yellow squash

2 zucchini

1 eggplant

1 large shallot, minced

1 package alfalfa sprouts, garnish

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

1/2 tsp Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced

2 Tbsp. balsamic glaze or reduction

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cube your squash, zucchini, and eggplant. Place onto a slightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle with herbs, seasoning, garlic, balsamic glaze, and place into the oven.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes; stirring half way through. Remove from the oven 
  4. Press mixture into a round mold of choice and top with sprouts.

 

Chef’s tip: Feel free to add any type of seeds or pepitas to this salad. 

Eggplant “Meatballs”

Eggplant "Meatballs"

Meatballs

The best meatless “meatballs” recipe, that is made out of farmed fresh ingredients, is here. Italian food like this is normally made with large amounts of cheese and meat. But not these ones guys! Having a dinner like this  brings back so many good memories. In the process of making this recipe, I was able to reminisce in flavors that I remember as a child with my grandmother’s cooking. Those ladies sure know how to cook! Being able to create something that is 100% fresh and plant-based but still taste like a meatball is molto bene in my book!

Meatballs

Yields 10 medium 

Ingredients

1 eggplant, peeled

1 cup cooked TruRoots Organic Sprouted Green Lentils

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 small yellow onion

1 tsp. fresh thyme 

1 tsp. Simply Organic Oregano

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley

2 Tbsp. fresh basil 

1/2 cup Edward & Sons Organic Panko Breadcrumbs 

1/4 cup Bragg Premium Nutritional Yeast Seasoning

1 tsp. Vitacost Himalayan Fine Pink Salt

1/2 tsp Spicely Organics ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Begin by chopping both the eggplant and onion and placing onto a baking sheet that has been lightly oiled. Roast for 15 minutes or before it browns, once the liquid has been released.
  3. In a food processor- take your cooked lentils, eggplant and onion mixture, and garlic and pulse until mixed and smooth. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl. 
  4. Add your thyme, oregano, parsley, and basil, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix to combine. If mixture is moist, add more breadcrumbs. Allow mixture to set in fridge for 15 minutes. 
  5. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and place and light oiled pan. You will bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Turning every so often to get all sides crispy. 
  6. Remove from the oven and serve with favorite sauce. 

Chefs tip: You can add 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese to the mixture before rolling into balls.