Simple, colourful, healthy, YUM!

Roasted vegetable arugula wrapFour essential ingredients for the best meals!

People often ask me about my favourite foods and recipes.  That’s a hard one to answer because I like so many things and, while I have a gazillion cookbooks, I usually leave them all downstairs in the office when I cook!

I cook most of the food that we eat, and my only requirement is that it contains the four ingredients listed above.

Michael Pollan wrote a fascinating article a while back discussing the general decline in home cooking in North America.  People, it seems, will spend hours on the couch watching cooking shows on TV, but  will rarely get into the kitchen to make their own food.  Cooking has become a spectator sport!  I’ve mentioned before how giving someone else responsibility for your food often means sacrificing nutrition and quality (not to mention cash!).  So what gives?

Well, as with anything, there are many factors involved.  I will say though, that from my experience and from the things I hear, people seem to think that cooking healthy food is hard!   I disagree.

What you see in the picture above is what we had for dinner last night.  Here’s how it went:

  1. I turned on the oven to 400
  2. I cut one onion into large wedges and tossed it into a large bowl.
  3. I chopped up a half a cauliflower, a red and orange pepper, and a half a butternut squash (peeled) into large chunks, and tossed them into the bowl.
  4. I chopped up 2 large cloves of garlic and threw them in as well.
  5. I drizzled the whole thing with some extra-virgin olive oil (maybe a tablespoon or 2), and a splash of really good balsamic vinegar
  6. I tossed it all together and dumped it out onto a large baking sheet that I had lined with parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkled sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and a bit of oregano over it all.
  8. Put it in the oven for about 25 minutes and moved everything around once or twice so it didn’t burn.
  9. I brought out some goat cheese, baby arugula, spinach and sliced sun-dried tomatoes, and lined it all up on the counter.
  10. We each took a whole grain tortilla, and helped ourselves to whatever combination we wanted.  (This is a great strategy with kids – put out a lot of healthy options and let them take control and make their own choices!  Kids also love “do it yourself” style meals.)
  11. I layered arugula first, then some chunks of goat cheese and some tomatoes, and then I heaped it with the roasted veggies.  Here’s how it looked -it was so piled up, it was hard to wrap!

Roasted vegetable arugula wrap unwrappedI have only four things left to say:

Simple. . . Colourful. . . Healthy. . . YUM!


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