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Roasted Fall Vegetable Grain Bowl with Lemon Yogurt

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How often do you cook? As in, how often do you make a meal from scratch in your own kitchen? Not so long ago, Alex and I were the people who answered, “Never” (unless pouring milk over cereal was considered cooking, of course!). If your answer is “Never,” you’re in good company. A recent survey conducted by Wolf as part of its Reclaim the Kitchen initiative found that 50% of 18 to 34-year-olds would rather scroll social media than cook. And 40% of adults don’t cook because they’re just too tired on any given day, even if they have the time.

Reclaim the Kitchen is meant to make the process of getting back into the kitchen easy and accessible, providing practical tips, tricks and techniques to empower people to cook more. This is something we’re very passionate about, since the past 8 years we’ve spent time reclaiming our own kitchen (listen to us tell our story here). One of the secrets we’ve learned in our pursuit of cooking is that it’s really just a series of simple techniques. Once you know a few of the basics, you’ll see them repeated in all sorts of future recipes that you make. For today’s recipe, we wanted to go back to the uber-basics and talk about one of our favorite simple techniques: roasting vegetables.

Why roast vegetables?

Why roast? A few reasons:

  • Roasting brings out a surprising inner, caramel-y goodness in vegetables. Veggies that are iffy raw (for example, cauliflower) transform into something otherworldly when roasted.
  • Roasting makes your house smell incredible.
  • With the fall weather approaching, roasting is a cozy cool weather cooking technique.

Roasted vegetables are fantastic as a side dish to the main event. Better yet, you can turn them into main dish as a grain bowl with rice, quinoa, or another whole grain. Bowls are super simple, customizable, and work for lunch or dinner. Leftovers save well for meals a few days later. While neither Alex nor I grew up eating this kind of meal, it’s now one of our favorites since it is flexible, tasty, and easy to put together.

Roasting veg 101

Here are the basics of roasting vegetables, in 5 simple steps:

  1. Pick any vegetables you’d like; we’ve rarely met a roasted vegetable we didn’t like.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450F. Roasting at very high heat makes the vegetables tender on the inside and slightly charred on the outside.
  3. Chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces, then mix them with olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper. If desired, sprinkle with some spices. Many times, we add some minced garlic to most of our roasted vegetables for optimal flavor.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a silicon mat), which helps to minimize the mess after roasting. Pour the vegetables onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the type of vegetable and the size of the pieces (test with a fork for tenderness). There’s no need to stir when the baking sheet is lined, since the vegetables won’t stick to the pan. Remove the tray from the oven and cool slightly; then enjoy!

This recipe

The recipe we’ve created here is a roasted fall vegetable grain bowl with our absolute favorites: cauliflower, sweet potato, and red onion, mixed with Moroccan spices. (We couldn’t resist using purple cauliflower from our local farmer’s market; it was too pretty not to buy!) For the grain, we’ve chosen a unique one: freekeh. It’s a whole grain similar to wheat berries that has a quick cooking time and a distinct, nutty flavor. You could use any other whole grain you’d like: quinoa, brown rice, farro, etc. A simple lemon Greek yogurt sauce makes for a fresh, bright counterpoint to the caramel, roasted flavor of the veggies. Topped with parsley and chopped almonds, it’s a comforting, savory autumn bowl.

Whether you try this bowl or a take of your own, we hope this recipe inspires you to return to the kitchen and start roasting! Tip: For a vegan option, try this lemon tahini sauce in place of the yogurt. For gluten-free, use quinoa.

This Roasted Fall Vegetable Grain Bowl is part of Wolf’s Reclaim the Kitchen initiative to encourage and educate on how to cook at home. For more on Reclaim the Kitchen, see ReclaimTheKitchen.com. The statistics noted above are part of a “State of Cooking in America” study conducted by Wolf.  This post is sponsored by Wolf; all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors of A Couple Cooks!

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If you make our roasted fall vegetable grain bowl with lemon yogurt recipe, we’d love to hear how it turned out. Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and mention @acouplecooks and tag #ReclaimtheKitchen.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the yogurt.

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Roasted Fall Vegetable Grain Bowl with Lemon Yogurt
 
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Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 red onion
  • 11/2 pounds sweet potatoes (2 to 3 medium)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 11/2 cups freekeh
  • 7 ounces Greek yogurt (1 scant cup)
  • ½ lemon (2 tablespoons juice plus zest)
  • ½ cup chopped almonds (roasted and salted, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, for garnish
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Slice the cauliflower in half, then chop it into florets. Peel the onion and slice it into ½ to ¾-inch slices. Cut the sweet potato into small cubes, about ½-inch by ½-inch. Mince the garlic. Place all vegetables in a large bowl and mix with the olive oil, cumin, coriander, allspice, cayenne, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then pour the vegetables onto the baking sheet. Roast until tender and slightly browned, about 35 minutes (no need to stir).
  3. Once the vegetables are in the oven, make the freekeh: place 33/4 cups water and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 11/2 cups freekah and bring to a simmer, then simmer gently for 20 minutes. Let stand to steam, covered, for 5 minutes prior to serving.
  4. Mix the Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, the zest from ½ lemon, ¼ cup water, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  5. Roughly chop the almonds and parsley. To serve, spoon freekah and vegetables into a bowl, and garnish with yogurt sauce, almonds and parsley.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris
    October 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Roasting veggies is our go-to any night, no matter what else we are having. Even those in my family who are not too keen on broc, for instance, will eat it if roasted. So easy, no mess, and everyone can have what they like if you roast a variety. Also, really enjoyed your most recent podcast?

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      Sonja
      October 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      We couldn’t agree more about broccoli! And thank you SO much about the comment about our podcast! We are so glad :) Thank you for your constant support on the adoption front!

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    Allyson (Considering The Radish)
    October 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I love to cook, and make my living by cooking for others, and there are some nights when the thought of cooking is just too much. Simple techniques like roasted veg those nights are a lifesaver. This grain bowl sounds absolutely delicious.

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      Sonja
      October 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Yes! We love recipes but there’s something about “winging it” that seems much more chill, right?

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    October 12, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Very well said! It really is about reclaiming time and space in our day to cook (simply) combined with knowing a few basic techniques and doing some of them ahead. Roasting veggies as a head start ingredient is something I share with clients all the time. So I love how succinctly and beautifully you designed this post. Awesome grain bowl, by the way. Love the spices on the veggies. :-)

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      Sonja
      October 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Katie! Sometimes it’s hard to present information that seems “simple” once you’ve been doing it for a while, but when you write it all out you realize there’s actually quite a lot to say! Thanks again for the work you do with clients — I love that you’re inspiring them to get their feet wet by roasting!

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        Katie @ Whole Nourishment
        October 14, 2016 at 5:08 am

        I agree. In fact the simpler the the information seems, or is written – as in your post – the more work I know went into presenting it so succinctly. ;-) Hope you guys are enjoying fall! Loved your last two podcasts, btw. I’m a big fan of both Julia Turshen and Grace Bonney.

        • Reply
          Sonja
          October 23, 2016 at 6:59 pm

          Thank you so, so much about the podcast comment! That means a lot. We are huge Julia and Grace fans too! :)

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    Diana Darling
    October 12, 2016 at 8:26 am

    This is fantastic! I’ve been cooking 2 meals (lunch and dinner) per day for the 2 of us for the last year, and not only have we eaten better, but saved a ton of money. Nice to get a new recipe idea, inspires me to finally try some new types of grains.

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      Sonja
      October 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      This sounds amazing! So so glad that you are seeing a positive impact on your pocket book by cooking. Thanks for supporting this initiative on Instagram too! :)

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    Christine @ thyme and toast
    October 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    This is totally my type of meal. I’ve always been in the “very often” category in terms of cooking, but my boyfriend, whom I live with, is opposite so he’s become the dishwasher! I try to meal prep as often as possible, including roasting veggies like this weekly to nibble on all week. I can’t wait to try this – love freekeh!

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      Sonja
      October 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Having a dishwashing partner is AOK, and the way to do it! I agree, I love to make a big batch of roasted veg like this and use it all week. And it’s so much easier to nibble on this when it’s readily on hand than something that’s not so great for me :)

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    Shelby
    October 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Oh yum!! I can’t wait to try this!

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    KC
    January 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Wow, thanks for such a quick, easy and super yummy recipe! I used quinoa but will keep looking for freekeh. I wasn’t sure what to do with the two garlic cloves from the ingredient list so I put them in the lemon yogurt dressing, this is a keeper recipe.

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