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Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds.

What do we have here?  It’s my first recipe of the new year, and it only took me 23 days.  Womp womp – pretty pathetic.  I’ve actually been cooking up a storm, but I’m still trying to figure out how to cook during the day when I can take some decent photos.  I have all these great recipes that I want to share, so today I did something about it.

I whipped this salad together at 6:30 in the morning, and took pictures as soon as the sun came up, while Cullen was eating breakfast.  Gotta get creative these days!  We hosted mom’s group at our house today, and I wanted to have something fresh and healthy, and something the kiddos could share with the mamas.

Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds by Daily Garnish

This salad was just the right thing.  The moms all enjoyed a healthy lunch, while the toddlers happily munched on cauliflower and green beans.  Sesame oil is one of my favorite vegetable seasonings, and it pairs so well with crunchy veggies and almonds. 

Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

    For the Salad

    • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
    • 1 head broccoli, chopped
    • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
    • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
    • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
    • salt to taste

    For the Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Start by chopping and trimming the vegetables. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces, and trim the ends off the green beans. If the beans are longer than bite-sized, you might also want to trim them in half.

    Spread all the veggies evenly on a sheet pan – split them onto two sheet pans if you can’t fit them all in a single layer.

    Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and salt, and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Remove the veggies from the oven when they are soft and have developed some good browning.

    While the vegetables are roasting, whisk together the dressing.  Pour the veggies into a bowl and add the dressing, almonds, and sesame seeds. Season to taste with salt as needed. Stir everything together and let it sit for a few minutes so the flavors develop.

    Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds by Daily Garnish

    Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate and serve later.

    Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds by Daily Garnish

    I often struggle to work vegetables into my lunches.  Things like sandwiches and eggs are quick and easy, but I’m often left feeling like their should have been more color on my plate.

    Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds by Daily Garnish

    Keeping something like this is the fridge helps ensure that you always have veggies ready to go when hunger strikes.  It’s also a quick and easy dish to serve with friends!

    Sesame Roasted Veggies with Almonds by Daily Garnish

    As always, enjoy.  Look for another recipe tomorrow – making up for lost time!
     
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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}     at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! This looks yummy. Sesame oil is one of my favorites too!

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    Morgan     at 3:48 pm

    Love easy recipes like this one. I often throw whatever veggies I have on hand onto a roasting pan, toss with some salt, pepper and olive oil and call it day. So so easy but still incredibly flavorful. I have never thought to dress the vegetables though! Genius :)

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    Amelia     at 3:52 pm

    Gosh this looks delicious! Too bad I don’t have any more cauliflower lying around. I must stick it on the list for dinners next week.

    So glad you are back to posting food & recipes. I look forward to them popping up in my reader. :) (I still enjoy reading all of your other posts too.)

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    Liz     at 4:12 pm

    Emily,

    Am I correct in inferring that the sesame oil you use in this is of the toasted variety? (You said it’s a great seasoning for veggies and untoasted sesame oil is pretty bland. . .) Just want to make sure!

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    Ashley     at 4:28 pm

    Aaaand I will be making these tonight!

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    Melissa     at 4:30 pm

    I’m not sure if you’d rather cook and photograph in the evening, but if you would, have you considered setting up a lightbox for food photos? They’re pretty easy to DIY and dirt cheap. http://strobist.blogspot.ca/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html Or one softbox light might do.

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    Kate     at 4:34 pm

    Yum! This with your blackened tofu will be our dinner tomorrow. Thank you!

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    Kate Reply:

    It was amazing! You put together all three of my favorite veggies, and your blackened tofu was perfect with it :)

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    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama     at 5:08 pm

    I love sesame oil, too. This looks like a great vegetable salad for winter!

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    Melissa @ HerGreenLife     at 5:14 pm

    We were on a big roasted caul & broc kick a few weeks ago (my little guy couldn’t get enough of it), but I never thought about turning it into more of a dish. I bought black sesame seeds for the first time recently, and I enjoy the crunch and color they add to dishes. Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate     at 6:10 pm

    Yum– I love it that you make such healthy meals for your mom’s group! My mom’s group just meets at Panera, haha.

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    Kaitlyn @ Keeping up with Kaitlyn     at 9:30 pm

    LOOKS AMAZING!!! I want this NOW!!

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    Michelle@Peachy Palate     at 12:17 am

    Veggies look gorgeous! Beautiful photos!

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    Beth     at 5:27 am

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for a new recipe! This looks so good and I love how it can go with any meal. A plus for me is that it includes my husbands 3 (and basically only) favorite veggies. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try it soon.

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    Lee     at 5:33 am

    This is probably a really obvious question, but does the orange juice make it sweet? I have a weird aversion to sweet mixed with savory. Do you think it’d be good with lemon juice instead? It certainly looks delicious.

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    No, it’s not sweet at all. Just offers a hint of acid!

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    Stefanie     at 6:10 am

    Hey so I’m trying to see the recipe and, I don’t know if its just my browser, but there’s always a google ad running right through the middle of the recipe and it won’t leave, even if you click it…

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    Kate Reply:

    This happened to me too. Click on print recipe and you’ll be able to see it all.

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health Reply:

    I was going to let Emily know that as well. It is really annoying!

    But the recipe sounds delicious, thanks for sharing! :)

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Sorry about that! Looking into it. Definitely not something I put there on purpose!

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Thanks for the suggestion Kate! No idea why that is happening.

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Grrrr, a few other people mentioned this. Thanks for letting me know! I’m looking into it!

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    Carly Thurman     at 7:03 am

    YUM! I was just asking myself this morning how I can get more veggies into my lunch. This is perfect! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Gina     at 8:10 am

    Yum! I am going to make a huge bowl of this on Sunday for weekday lunches!

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    Lauren     at 10:43 am

    Looks amazing – thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Lauren
    muchadoaboutsomethin.blogspot.com

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    Leah     at 10:50 am

    All I can think about is how hard it must be to clean the grout between the tiles. Is it an optical illusion that the tiles seem higher than the grout? (sorry we are mid planning for our kitchen re-do and we’re doing all the work ourselves). :)

    Great looking recipe!!

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    It’s a placemat. :)

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    Leah Reply:

    hahah, that’s awesome. Photography!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 11:03 am

    I can’t get enough of cauliflower right now. Perfect timing!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace     at 11:15 am

    This looks great. I bet it would be great to make ahead and eat through out the week :)

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    Lorrie     at 11:57 am

    Why do I continue to see an AdChoices Banner right through the center of the recipe? So frustrating!

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    I don’t know, but I appreciate you telling me! Certainly nothing that’s supposed to be there from my end. I’m looking into it – thanks for letting me know!

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    laura     at 12:39 pm

    Yum! What can I substitute for the rice vinegar? My little gal is alergic. Thanks!

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Hmmm, maybe mirin? Although that’s cooking wine, so use your judgement (I personally would probably use it, since it’s such a small amount). You could also try apple cider vinegar!

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    Kathy     at 12:55 pm

    Hi. I keep forgetting to tell you. The last week or so I’ve noticed you have one ad that runs the width of your webpage and it usually always covers up either a photo you posted or today, it was your recipe. not sure why this started happening, but the ad today is for Comcast. They never interfered with your blog posting before, but as of late, they have been. Just wanted to let you know. thanks

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Thanks Kathy! A few other people mentioned that today too – how annoying! Not sure what’s going on, but I’m looking into it.

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    Lara     at 3:57 pm

    I’m making this tonight!

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    Gina     at 11:43 am

    I made this last night…it was so good (and super easy), thanks!!!!

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    Hillary     at 11:43 am

    Made this on Monday and have been enjoying as a side dish to lunches and dinners all week. I also struggle with fitting veggies in my diet, so this was a great, easy way to keep them on hand. The green beans were the best part! They seemed to take on the flavor of the dressing more so than the broccoli and cauliflower. I would make the recipe again, but with all green beans!! Thanks for this! :)

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    Emily Malone Reply:

    Glad to hear you like it! :) I’m eating leftovers of this same salad today!

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    Jessica     at 4:39 pm

    Made this last weekend and just again tonight. So delicious!!

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    Didie     at 12:06 pm

    I just eat this salad for dinner ! It’s really delicious ! Thanks !

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