Organic, Real Food on a Budget – Roasted Vegetables

by Deliciously Organic on July 18, 2011

We just had the most amazing week at Black Mountain Ranch in Colorado and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! But first, another Organic, Real Food on a budget tip. As soon as we got home, our CSA box was waiting for us. We got all the organic fruit and vegetables in the photo above for just $20! If you’re not familiar with a CSA, it’s Community Supported Agriculture. Groups of people get together to support nearby farms by agreeing to regularly purchase their produce.

Each week, I get a box of fresh, all organic produce for a fraction of what I’d pay at the store. My produce box also exposes me to vegetables I might not otherwise buy. My favorite way to prepare some of those mystery vegetables is roasting them. Roasting brings out the sweetness in the vegetables – a sure-fire way to get your family to eat them, too.

Think of my recipe as an outline. Use any combination of vegetables you like. And remember, it’s good to use a nice portion of butter when eating vegetables to ensure maximum assimilation of minerals and nutrients. I’ll be back soon with stories from the ranch!

Roasted Vegetables

Serving Size: Serves 4 as a side dish

Roasted Vegetables

Some of my favorite vegetables to roast include: broccoli, cauliflower, corn, onions, zucchini, potatoes, and carrots.


    For the vegetables:

  • 4 cups vegetables, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 3 tablespoons ghee, melted


Preheat oven to 400ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Toss vegetables and butter together and season with salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and stir. Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until vegetables are golden brown on the edges. Serve immediately.

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VADEPAN July 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love vegetables!!!! you paid a nice price for that. Here in Spain, it’s a little bit more expensive, but anyway I use to buy them, flavours are really better than the supermarket ones.


Maria July 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

Beautiful veggies!


Karen July 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

Wow, what a beautiful selection, your photography is terrific!


Deliciously Organic July 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks Karen. I actually took that photo with my iphone. That little phone is amazing!


Katrina July 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

Yummy! This sounds so awesome.


becky peterson July 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

How could I accomplish this on my grill?


Georgia Pellegrini July 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I did something similar yesterday for my dad’s birthday. A ton of great veggies from the farmer’s market were a dinner feast, since he eats mostly vegan. Great inspiration!


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love hearing about others csa’s. We actually don’t have a fruit and veggie csa in town(but I’ve signed up for a grain csa :D) so I’m always curious to see what other people get. I will be so excited if we ever get one going here. We love roasting our veggies too. Even veggies my husband wont eat, he enjoyed when they’re roasted :)


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m also part of an organic CSA and we get a huge box full for $20–I love it! My family loves roasted veggies, too. They’re a staple around here.


Marla July 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Roasted veggies rock & that is all there is to it! Great chatting today :)


Elayne Fassett July 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

I love your blog, love your recipes and ideas. I too have been looking to go to Black Mountain Ranch and would LOVE nothing more than to hear about your experience. We have been researching dude ranches for a while and this was one of our top picks but I have never met anyone who went there. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Thanks for sharing.


Nancy@acommunaltable July 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Roasting vegetables was the way I convinced my youngest son to eat them – now he eats every vegetable thanks to the power of roasting!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

Always a great way to serve up veggies!


Maria @ Scandifoodie July 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

Roasted veggies is definitely a favourite of mine especially during these cooler months here in Sydney!


Aggie July 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

I really need to look into a CSA in my area. There hasn’t been one, though I’ve heard talks of one but it’s a bit of a hike for pick up. I have CSA envy!!


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