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I don’t know about you, but I use to have a heck of a time getting my kids and husband to eat their veggies!  I usually didn’t have any issues with carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas and other similar vegetables but when it came to broccoli and cauliflower my girls always turned their noses up to them and refused to eat them.  So I set out to find a way to enjoy these two amazing vegetables and found a method to prepare them so that the whole family would enjoy them and better yet are now asking me to make them!

What method am I talking about?  I am talking about roasting them.  Let me tell you, when you roast these two vegetables, it brings out a nutty flavor in them and they mellow out quite a bit.  I can remember when I was a kid and we went to grandmas house and everything smelled so wonderful UNTIL…the broccoli went on to cook!  Oh my goodness, when it was steaming it had such a bad oder to it that my thoughts were always, why would anyone want to eat this?

Well as I grew up, I recognized the nutritional value of these two vegetables and eventually fit them into my diet, but it was always a chore to say the least.  It wasn’t until recently that my family and I became excited to eat these vegetables.  

Oh and did I mention, when you roast these vegetables, that bad smelling order I was talking about at grandmas house is gone!  Give it a try, I am sure that you will taste a noticeable difference too!  These two recipes are absolutely wonderful!

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Roasting Broccoli

Family Friendly Fridays ~ Learn Why Roasting Veggies Can Help Your Family Eat More Vegetables!
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 very large head of broccoli (about 1½ pounds)
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic thinly sliced (depending on how big your cloves are)
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½-3/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Clean and break off the heads of the broccoli into bite size pieces and place into a large ziplock bag.
  3. Peel and sliced the garlic very thinly. Place into bag.
  4. Pour olive oil and melted butter over the broccoli and sprinkle the salt and pepper over the broccoli.
  5. Zip the bag closed and shake until well coated.
  6. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until desired crispiness.
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Serving size: 1 serving




Roasting Cauliflower 


Organic Roasted Cauliflower Poppers Recipe
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut up cauliflower into small pieces and wash and dry them.
  3. Place cauliflower into a large ziplock bag and pour over the melted butter and coconut oil/olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Shake the bag until cauliflower is well coated.
  4. Place cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes turning several time so that the cauliflower browns evenly. Don't be afraid of them getting to brown, that is what makes them good!
  6. Serve with my homemade ketchup, See Recipe
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!
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Serving size: 1 serving



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25 thoughts on “Family Friendly Fridays ~ Learn Why Roasting Veggies Can Help Your Family Eat More Vegetables!”

  1. Tina Walker McCullom says:

    To me roasted vegies bring out a nutty flavor, totally different from cooking any other way & cauliflower doesn’t stink up the house when roasting :)

  2. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    I totally agree Tina!

  3. annemariecain says:

    I’m all for getting my family to eat more veggies…I’ll have to give this a try! :) I’d love for you to share your recipe on my new blog hop, {Wheat-Free Wednesday}! Hope to see you there! :)


  4. My family loves roasted veggies!  I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions

  5. MarigoldHaske says:

    I really dislike boiled or steamed cauliflower, so I never buy it. Great idea to roast it! I love pretty much any roasted vegetable. I’ll pick some up next trip to the market :)
    Thanks for posting to Eat Make Grow!

  6. Our Neck of the Woods says:

    Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to eat them! Carrots and potatoes are delicious as well, but broccoli is probably my favorite. I love the crispy bits :) I’ll have to try the cauliflower with ketchup – sounds yummy!
    Visiting from Eat Make Grow hop :)

  7. PeterBlock says:

    I loved the roasted cauliflower and the objective of your site.  I featured it on my Friday Five over @ Feed Your Soul –

    1. hallecottis says:

      @PeterBlock Thanks so much Peter, heading over now to check your site out!

  8. I agree – roasted veggies are delicious! I rarely steam veggies anymore. :)

  9. DianeBalch says:

    I agree with you. The only way I have ever got my family to eat califlower is when I roast it. I mix them with potatoes and maple syrup. Here is the recipe your family might enjoy it:

    1. hallecottis says:

      @DianeBalch Oh my goodness Diane this recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing it with us here :)

  10. VegetarianMamma says:

    Great recipes! I have them tweeted and pinned!

  11. diningwithdebbieblog says:

    We love roasted veggies at our house.  The grands will eat brussels sprouts roasted and no other way:)  
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  12. FionaB says:

    Love the look of the recipes, but just wanted to mention that the link to the ketchup doesn’t work.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @FionaB Oh my goodness, thank you so much!  It’s fixed now :)

  13. alluringhealth says:

    I eat a lot of broccoli and I’m defiantly going to give this a try.

  14. sarahacosta says:

    We just tried the roasted broccoli last night.  All I have to say is O…M…Holy!!!! Never knew broccoli could taste like that (and I love broccoli)!  Hubby and kids loved it too! Thank you thank you!!!

  15. Laura says:

    Fabulous. This quashed my craving for fried things that are bad for me (and make my tummy angry!) I added a small bit of cayenne pepper as well and it gave it an awesome kick! Nom nom nom.

  16. Nothing gets better than ROASTED butternut squash and roasted brussels sprouts covered in delicious oil and garlic! :)

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  18. Topline Foods says:

    Roasting veggies is so good! Thanks for all these ideas!

  19. Jennifer Kilmer Farmer says:

    LOVE my roasted veggies….everyone always eats a healthy serving of them!

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  21. Courtney D says:

    Love the roasted cauliflower! Making it for the second time this week. So yummy!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Glad you are enjoying it. It is on our menu this week as well!

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