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Author Notes: While I can't claim to be a vegetarian, I do occasionally like a vegetarian meal. I threw this together tonight when I came home from work--I had a lot of vegetables in the house and some brown rice in the freezer. The nice thing about this dish is that it can be a side dish (two side dishes?) with some roast chicken or a nice piece of sauteed fish, making it perfect for accommodating different dietary needs in a family. It's so good that I ate it all before I took a picture! - drbabs
Serves 1-2 as main dish; 4 as side
- 1 pint brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets; stems cut into 1" pieces
- 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
- 6-8 cipollini onions (You can peel them after they're roasted.)--or other sweet onions, cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup olive oil (approximate)
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup chopped chives or other fresh herb of your choice
- juice of 1/2 lemon (I used Meyer)
- 1/8-1/4 cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- a handful of Marcona almonds or toasted chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 450 and line a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
- Put all the vegetables in a large bowl. Pour over the olive oil and stir gently so that all the vegetables are coated in oil. Place them in a single layer on the cookie sheet.
- Generously salt and pepper the vegetables and place cookie sheet in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown. (Watch them as they brown so they don't burn.)
- Meanwhile make brown rice. (Whenever I make brown rice, I make a lot and freeze it in individual portions. Then I just have to reheat it.)
- To serve, place a scoop of rice on a plate and surround with vegetables. (Peel the cipollini onions before serving.) Squeeze lemon juice over the vegetables, adjust seasoning, sprinkle with chopped chives or other fresh herb, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and nuts if desired.