Unlocking the Secret to Liking Veggies: The Best 7 to Roast

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Vegetables are one of the most polarizing food groups, wouldn’t you say? Healthy eaters love to love them, and as for the middle-of-the-road consumers, let’s just say it’s not their favorite dish at dinner — unless the vegetables are doused in Ranch dressing, of course. So why can some people not get enough of their greens, while others would rather go tobed hungry than consume them? That question has a wide variety of explanations, but one hinges on the possibility that veggie lovers simply know the secret to preparing their beloved vegetables, while the anti-plants people are uninterested.

Regardless of whether or not you’re ready to board the health train, it’s time to learn the key to eating your vegetables and enjoying them, too. Here’s a hint: roast those veggies. Don’t steam them, don’t boil them, don’t sauté them. Roast them. If you really can’t stand vegetables and are sick of trying to stomach them, before you lose all hope, toss them in some olive oil and let your oven do the work. We promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

So, ready to get your apron on? Prepare to impress your fellow healthy-living friends who think only they know the secret to enjoying vegetables. Here are the seven best vegetables to roast, along with the best techniques. You can thank us later, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. You’re bound to be a vegetable convert in no time.

1. Roasting Broccoli

First up is broccoli — a classic green vegetable that some consumers hoard in their refrigerators, while other gag at the smell of. Broccoli can be prepared many ways, but the one technique that many consumers never consider when they buy the fresh greens at the grocery store is roasting. Roasting broccoli brings out its natural flavor without requiring an unhealthy coating of oil or butter; simply spraying the broccoli with an olive oil cooking spray and then roasting it at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 to 20 minutes can yield a delicious result. If you’re trying to get fancy, toss the broccoli with about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice before you roast. After, toss with salt, ground black pepper, and maybe even some grated parmesan cheese. Prepare to be amazed.

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