Roasting a meal is something that every cook will likely have experience doing for either Christmas or Thanksgiving. Most of the time, this will mean roast turkey and or roasted vegetables. However, there is a lot more that can be created through roasting and with many easy recipes, you won't have to wait until Christmas for a reason to cook them. Lucky for you, Yummly has easy weeknight roasting recipes everyone will enjoy. Whether you are looking for a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, Yummly has you covered in many flavors and styles. Get your roasting pan ready and let's dig in…
Oven-Roasted Breakfast Recipes
There is little as good in the world as a hot and fresh breakfast right out of the oven. Roasting offers this, usually in the form of easy recipes and easier to follow recipe videos. One great side dish called Roasted Breakfast Potatoes is not only easy but can be made ahead of time, ensuring you can still sleep in!
Start with a baking sheet, a cutting board and some sweet potatoes. First, peel and cut two or three large sweet potatoes into 1/2" or smaller cubes then preheat oven to 400F. While the oven is heating, line that baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil. Place your sweet potato cubes into a large bowl and mix in a tablespoon of olive oil. After all the potatoes are coated, season with salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. If you want a bit of heat, add cayenne pepper too. Mix again and spread on the foil covered sheet in a single layer. Put the sheet in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the potatoes in the middle.
While you cook the potatoes, saute some onion and garlic in salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes until translucent. Once the potatoes are done, add then and saute for a few minutes to finish. Top or mix with eggs, roasted chicken or your favorite main dish for a perfect breakfast!
Oven-Roasted Lunch Recipes
Lunches are known to be the afterthought meal that doesn't take a lot of preparation. However, after meal prepping these roasted lunch ideas, you'll never leave lunch as an afterthought again. For a light meal, try roasted vegetables like Mexican style corn or American style green beans. If you pair this with a grilled chicken recipe then you'll be well on the way to a healthy meal.
On the other hand, if you are wanting something more substantial, pair a hearty roasted Italian pasta recipe with some garlic bread for a meal that everyone will want part of. For the best results, don't forget to splurge for real garlic cloves rather than minced garlic in a bottle.
Oven-Roasted Dinner Recipes
When cooking dinner, sometimes you want to go all out while other times, you want a fast meal because you might have gotten home from work late. Luckily, there are roasted recipe options for every day! If you want to have a feast, try pairing roast chicken with herb roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts and fresh thyme covered roasted potatoes. You'll end dinner with a full and healthy feeling while also having enough to bring to lunch the next day!
On the other hand, sometimes cooking a three-course meal just won't work. In that case, you can try cooking an all in one dish that combines both roasted chicken breast and roasted vegetables in one pan. This can be done if you place chicken on one side of a baking sheet and green beans on the other. If you want a carb with no more work, try adding diced potatoes in the middle of the sheet or take the time it's cooking to created mashed potatoes. Check our recipes for meals with quick cooking times to make sure you can still have a proper meal in a short space! There is no reason to skimp on dinner!
Oven-Roasted Dessert Recipes
With so much to create from roasted food, it's no longer surprising that even your dessert could be made by roasting. Many of these recipes will involve roasting fruit like California grapes or pears. For example, you could have a sweet and creamy shortcake dessert or a sour pare and fruit relish. If you are looking to be healthy but still want dessert try just roasting fruit with a bit of honey, sugar or rosemary. Be sure to check the nutrition facts first but regardless, a little splurge on these desserts with be worth it.
Oven-Roasted Side Dish Recipes
Though we have gone over a few side dishes above, when it comes to roasting, there are enough options to constitute a whole dedicated section. If you want to try something new and unique, you can look into cooking roasted red onions as an addition to your main steak or pork recipe. If you want to stay in known territory, try roasted Mexican recipes like zucchini or potatoes. For vegans, try cooking multiple vegetable side dishes for a healthy and full dinner plate.
Roasting Cooking Pro Tips
Since roasting is one of the simplest cooking techniques there is, it requires little or no attention during cooking. This is why it's the preferred method for cooking large juicy cuts of meat as well as vegetables and even on occasion fruit.
If you are cooking large chunks of seasoned meat, many say that you should let the meat stand at room temperature for one hour before seasoning and putting it into the oven. This will help the seasonings adhere to the meat and better cook in. Another big meat cooking tip is to allow the outside of the meat to cook in an oven at 425° F for about 20 minutes. At this time, reduce the heat to 350° F and cook until done. By doing all this, you will get a meal that is less dry and more juicy and falvorful.
When cooking vegetables, feel free to cut or leave whole, just remember that if you cut them, the cooking time will decrease. Overall, the best way to roast vegetables is to season them in a large bowl with olive oil and your preferred herbs and spices. After that, put them on a baking sheet in one layer and roast with a heat and time based on the vegetable that you are cooking.
As with any cooking, there are things that need to be taken care of to ensure that the meal you cook will be healthy, tasty and safe to eat. When cooking, make sure that you heat any meat to above the required level to kill off bacteria. This will vary from animal to animal and cut to cut. The best option, if you have the means, is to use a digital thermometer that will tell you when food is safe. Otherwise, look up the safe-to-eat internal temperature and use a regular meat thermometer to ensure safety.
While the obvious may be stated, the meat and vegetables will be hot coming out of the oven and should be given time to sit before plating or eating. This is done not only for your safety but also because it allows the flavors and juices to settle, making the meal taste better overall.
Roasting recipes are so versatile and easy, the only hard part is deciding what meal you want and style you want to cook first. With Yummly's easy recipes, you'll be hard-pressed to not find the perfect meal from breakfast to dinner and from American to Italian or Mexican that you and your family will crave for years to come.