Are you looking for a side dish that is easy and unbelievably delicious?
I feel like for me, coming up with main dishes is easy, but sometimes, the sides get overlooked. My family loves simplicity when it comes to vegetables. They are would prefer steamed veggies and plain roasted potatoes any day of the week.
But this dish, wow!! It is company worthy! It is pot-luck worthy! It is take to your neighbor who just had a baby worthy! It also makes a wonderful vegetarian main dish or great lunch option.
So what is it—it is a combination of root vegetables roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Topped with fresh sliced tomatoes and finished with some sharp Parmesan cheese. A little bit of heaven…..
Today, I noticed I had some potatoes and vine-ripened tomatoes that needed to be used. I also had some onions, sweet potatoes, and carrots. And I was hungry. And it was getting close to lunch time and I did not feel like any leftovers that I had in the fridge. So I decided this would be the perfect time to whip this “side dish” as a main course for my lunch. Man, I was so happy I opted to do this. Yummy. Just look at those caramelized tomatoes–it is making you hungry right!!!
- 1 onion, cut into 1 inch wedges
- 3 large carrots, scrubbed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 Tbs minced garlic
- 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch slices.
Toss everything, but tomatoes and Parmesan cheese together in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Top with sliced tomatoes. Roast for 45 minutes at 425. Remove from oven and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the tomatoes and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Servings: 6 side dish; 3 as main course
Nutrition Facts(based on 6 servings) Calories 142.6 Total Fat 2.5g Saturated Fat 0.37g Carbohydrates 27.43g Fiber 3.79g Sugar 3.87g Protein 3.28g
Remember to always use what you have and what your family loves.
- Leave out the garlic if you don’t like (crazy person!!!)
- Use any root vegetable you have or like–just be sure to cut into 1 inch cubes.
- If you don’t have fresh tomatoes or don’t care for the texture, use your favorite tomato sauce. When I make this for my son, I typically use tomato sauce or leave the tomatoes out of his serving. It gives it it a wonderful taste and transforms the dish into something new with the sauce verses the tomatoes.