Last night we had a yummy roasted vegetable medley that set me to missing my toaster oven. I loved my toaster oven because it would broil, bake, roast and toast in small amounts. Also, unlike the big oven, it was easy to clean.
I left my toaster oven behind in Vegas. I didn’t miss having one much in Hawaii because, given the weather, we really weren’t into hot, oven-baked foods. Since I have been back in Washington State, I am changing my mind. I’ve been looking at toaster oven ratings, but I’d really like to know if anybody I know and trust has a toaster oven they really like.
And, in case you’re wanting my (I created this myself) low-calorie, high-fiber, very yummy roasted veggie recipe, here it is:
Sesame Roasted Veggies
1/2 c. pearl barley
1 c. water
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. sesame oil
Add all 4 ingredients to warm water, bring to a boil and let simmer 20 minutes or until barely is tender. Set aside.
Cube an assortment of your favorite veggies: Onion, zucchini, red pepper, green pepper, mushroom, broccoli, cauliflower, egg plant, etc.
Spray a shallow baking dish (I used a cookie sheet with high sides) with Pam Cooking spray (I use Pam Olive Oil). Spread the pearl barley on the baking dish. Cover with veggies. Sprinkle over top:
1 clove diced garlic
1/4 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. wheat germ
1 tsp. sesame seeds
Again spray lightly with Pam Cooking spray. Broil 3-5 minutes. Stir lightly. Broil another 3-5 minutes. Serve with or without soy sauce.
Amoeba ate 2 large servings of this and said he would like to see it on the table again. He thought the peppers set the dish off perfectly. I did not even offer him the soy sauce and he never asked for it.
The recipe that inspired this called for marjoram rather than basil, but I didn’t have any. It also called for whole wheat pasta, but I thought the barely would be healthier yet. Next time I make this I might try the marjoram to see if I like it as well.
The original recipe also called for cherry tomatoes, but Amoeba doesn’t like tomatoes and I wanted this dish to make as favorable an impression as possible.