slow roasted heaven in a pan

To me, nothing is more satisfying than a really simple meal. Don’t get me wrong—I love a complex meal. You know, the kind you labor over for a while and are proud to feed to others. But a simple meal—like a basic grain, protein and veggie combo with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of gomasio—is seriously satisfying to me. Coming home from a long day at work followed by an intense yoga class, I love throwing some veggies in the broiler and some quinoa in my rice cooker before hopping in the shower. When I come out, I have a simple and healthy meal waiting for me that took no effort at all. Life is complicated enough—cooking doesn’t have to be.

Some of my favorite go-to simple staples this season are baked sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon, flash sautéed greens, roasted Brussels sprouts with a squeeze of citrus, grains cooked in coconut milk, and squash of any kind broiled and sprinkled with a dash of cayenne and a squeeze of lime.

What do you cook when you’re in the mood to simplify?

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