Roasted Red Peppers & Garlic


Ingredients:

  • Red peppers (about 3-4 – enough to fill a baking tray)
  • 1-2 heads of garlic
  • EVOO (a few spoonfuls)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: Other seasonings (I usually use chipotle)

Method
  1. Heat oven to 430 degrees.
  2. Cut peppers into halves or quarters.
  3. Cut the top of garlic head off and wrap in aluminum foil.  Line pan with aluminum foil and parchment paper.
  4. Mix extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), salt, pepper, tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and seasoning of your choice (I used Chipotle and Garlic Lovers Flavor God seasoning).
  5. Baste both sides of peppers, tomatoes and garlic.
  6. Cook for 20 mins, flip, baste and check every 15 minutes until peppers start to blacken on the edges.
  7. Turn off oven and crack the door for another 10 mins.  Take out and cool.  Save oil and charred bits they are great to add to salad dressing or hummus.

Caramelized Onions


Caramelized onions are a staple in almost every meal I make. They are a great way to start off tasty sauces, add to homemade hummus, add to veggie tacos/burgers and the list goes on and on! I like to make a large batch and save the leftovers for an easy addition for future meals.

Quick kitchen hack: You can freeze extras in silicone ice cube trays for quick single-use add-ins.


Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3-4 large Onions
  • Splash of Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Method
  1. Dice onions.
  2. Put a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat and add diced onions.
  3. Cook for a few minutes until you see a few golden edges, season with a splash of balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn down to low heat and put the lid on for around an hour, (the longer the better), stirring occasionally.
  5. At the very end, remove the lid, turn up to high, stir constantly until the excess liquid evaporates and the onions get little colour.
  6. Turn off, add more salt and pepper to taste and let rest.

Slow Cooker Method:

You can also throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker on low and let them do their thing overnight or longer. You get a slightly different taste but it’s a big timesaver.