Warm Roasted Veggie Salad

You guys. This recipe is freaking DELICIOUS and SUPER healthy. Even my dad took seconds. This salad was the result of another I’m gonna cook with whatever’s around session, and I must say I’m pretty proud of myself. It could be done really beautifully too – with some colorful farmer’s market carrots and beets. I was working with leftover baby carrots from party trays and some giant beets I never juiced, so it’s not quite as artful in the photo as I imagine it could be. If you’re not vegan, I bet goat cheese would be a great addition. Without further ado:

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Warm Roasted Veggie Salad with Basil-Thyme Pesto

Serves 4

1 large beet or several smaller beets, thickly sliced

A couple carrots thickly sliced – about 1 cup worth

Half a head of cabbage sliced into thick wedges

1 cup cooked chickpeas

Spinach leaves for base

A bunch or two of basil – about 1/2 cup lightly packed

Big handful of thyme

2/3 cup pine nuts

Juice of 1 1/2 lemons

Olive oil for drizzling

Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 and prep veggies. Arrange beets, carrots, and cabbage on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast for 20-25 minutes.

2. Combine pine nuts, lemon juice, a tiny bit of olive oil, basil leaves, and thyme (for the most part I just throw the whole stem in, except for the section closer to the root where it gets stiffer and more fibrous) in a food processor. Process until smooth and salt to taste.

3. Arrange salad bowls/plates with a small bed of spinach for the base. Top with roasted veggies, chickpeas, and a few generous plops of pesto. Enjoy!

In other news, I’ve been back in Alabama for a few days, and I am enjoying some amazing weather. There is nothing better than sitting on the porch with a glass of wine, listening to the crickets on a cool evening. There is also nothing better than sitting on the porch with a big cup of coffee and a book at dawn, when the dew is fresh and the light is soft. There is also nothing better than sitting on the porch with a big bottle of water, stretching in the warmth of the sun after an afternoon jog. Basically there is nothing better than a porch and a beverage and this weather. Alabama is beautiful. Take a look:

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