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Roasted Fennel & Vegetable Medley w/ Quinoa
Posted By Trudy ~ Veggie num num On May 6, 2011 @ 9:31 am In Entertaining, Side Dishes | 11 Comments
Straight up, I love the colours of this simple roasted vegetable recipe; the vibrant yellows, orange and green, just make me happy and hungry :) Like so many people we love a good meal of roast veggies and eating them often, it’s always nice to have a few different combinations to choose from.
The flavor of roasted fennel is so wonderful I really wanted it to be the star of the dish. Tossed with a few fresh vegetables and a good quality olive oil is all it needs to create a vibrant and delicious vegetable medley. I tossed through some ground roasted nuts for added texture and yumminess before serving it over a bed of quinoa, which I have included in the recipe instructions below, for a complete meal.
Alternatively serve this simple vegetarian recipe with couscous or crusty bread for mopping up the lovely oily juices, num!! A tasty and effortless way to enjoy the goodness of vegetables, this healthy recipe is elegant enough for a side dish when entertaining or perfectly filling for a tasty mid week meal or weekend lunch.
Preparation time: 40mins
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/392°F
Toss the vegetables in the olive oil, salt and chilli flakes, making sure all the veg are well coated in oil.
Arrange the prepared vegetables in a large baking tray and toss in the whole star anise.
Roast the vegetables in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes until golden coloured and still slightly firm.
Meanwhile bring the quinoa and vegetable broth to boil in a small saucepan, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes until cooked, strain of any excess liquid and keep warm until serving.
Dry roast the nuts in a frying pan over a medium heat and then allow to cool before grinding coarsely.
Once the vegetables are roasted (removing the star anise) toss with the prepared nuts and serve over a bed of quinoa with a few fresh fennel sprigs for garnish. Alternatively serve this roasted vegetable recipe with couscous or crusty bread.
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