A Healthy Roasted Dinner from Leftover Produce — Mediterranean Monday Bonus

Hello Friends!

I have a confession: as I sit here writing to you about this healthy dinner I came up with while clearing out my produce bin for another week, I am snacking on my son’s leftover birthday cake from his party yesterday. It’s all about balance, right?!

It was a fantastic weekend inside and out. The skies were crystal clear and the sun was warm. My boys went for a couple of bike rides on the local recreational trail near our house, and I got lots of gardening done (that post is still to come). We also celebrated Logan’s birthday with family and his friends, and I made the traditional yellow cake with chocolate icing using this recipe from Allrecipes. It is so moist and delicious!

We had a ton of pizza, punch, cake and ice cream. By that evening I was more than ready for some vegetables in my life. I was sifting through the fridge and pantry to make my weekly shopping list, and I came up with a simple idea for dinner that would also let me use up some of the veggies in my produce bin.

I had half of an onion left, and a handful of baby carrots left in a bag. There were three red potatoes left in the pantry, and one more black bean burger in the freezer. I washed and chopped one of the potatoes, then set the oven to 425 degrees and sprayed a round cake pan with olive oil spray. I spread out the potato pieces and the rest of the baby carrots evenly in the pan, then popped them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile I thawed the black bean burger in the microwave and cut up some of the onion. When the timer went off, I pulled the pan out of the oven, added the onion, then made a hole in the center and placed the black bean burger in it. A little salt on the veggies, then back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

I transferred it all to a plate, poured a little A-1 on the burger, and dinner was served!

I’m still amazed at how simple healthy eating can be. No planning, very little prep work, and I had a spontaneous dinner I didn’t have to feel guilty about.

Now my dessert, on the other hand…


Published by Loren Miller

My name is Loren, and if you're on this page it means you care about your health and living a long and happy life, and that is something we have in common. I've been studying diet and health since 2008, when my grandmother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I started out wanting to know more about the link between diet and cancer, and it's turned into a passion that I will carry for the rest of my life. I am certified in holistic nutrition, and I will soon have my degree in journalism from UMass Amherst. Health and Wellness is my beat, as we call it in the world of journalism, and this website is my outlet. My passions are nutrition and cooking, and looking at health from a holistic perspective. After all, you are so much more than just what ails you. You are a whole, living, breathing, dreaming, beautiful human being with a unique personality and individual goals. Your health goes beyond just what you're eating or how you're exercising; it encompasses everything that makes up your quality of life. That's why I write about everything from diet, to recipes, to self-care, to motivation and mindset. Please join me on this health journey!

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