FAIL SAFE

Whenever I feel totally uninspired by cooking and the contents of my refrigerator, I reach for a few fail-safe tricks. Like: Boiling a pot of beans with an onion and some bay. Simmering a quick tomato sauce and adding dried pasta. A scoop of miso dissolved in some vegetable broth.

One of my all-time, fool-proof favorites: Roasting whatever I have around in the oven at high heat until dark, caramelized, and fragrant. I like to cut everything into similar sized pieces — here, I used a head of broccoli, a few wilting brussels sprouts, and a few cloves of peeled garlic — and coat with olive oil, lemon zest, aleppo pepper, and lemon juice. Simple. Twenty minutes later, fresh out of the oven, charred and crispy, I deglazed the pan with a little white wine and some starchy pasta water, just enough to make a light sauce. If none of that inspires you? Delivery pizza is totally a legit alternative.

2 Responses to FAIL SAFE

  1. I’ve also been roasting veggies like crazy these past few months. It’s so easy to do! And the results are worth it. We’ve had broccoli and squash on rotation. But adding the white wine sounds yum. I will try it out.

    • yes – it’s the easiest way to yield something amazingly delicious. i’ve been known to even turn my oven on in 100+ degree temps in the summer because the craving is so strong!

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