Make Your Oven Work For You

December 9th, 2016

Hi there! Thanks for joining us. We’ve spent the last few weeks exploring ways you can pursue and increase your health as temperatures drop, and we’re continuing that blog series today. So far, we have touched on ways you can stay active outdoors and indoors. We have also shared recipes for winter squash, cruciferous vegetables, grains and baked goods, and soups and stews. We’re wrapping up the seasonal eating portion of this series today, but stay tuned as we’ll move on to discuss maintaining mental and emotional health as temperatures drop and days get shorter.

We love summer for so many reasons, not least of which is the fact that cooking operations can be moved outside. You can’t beat that grilled flavor, plus it’s always nice to be able to avoid heating up the kitchen by using a range or oven. But it’s fall now, and apart from some brave souls, most people move meal prep back indoors. Fortunately, oven-roasting achieves similar results, yielding foods that are low in calories and big on flavor.

Usually, we think about roasting meats in the oven, but that’s only one of the many possibilities. Just like with the grill, you can also roast your favorite vegetables and fruits and get tasty results. There’s also something nice about the “set it and forget it” nature of most oven-roasted recipes. Just let the heat do its thing and when the timer goes off, you can enjoy the payoff. As always, a web search will yield nearly unlimited results in this category, but here are a few ideas we love. Feel free to modify the recipes as your preferences and dietary needs dictate.

For the main course, try these:

These make colorful and tasty side dishes:

For yummy, crunchy snacks:

Here are a couple desserts that satisfy a sweet tooth with natural sugars:

Here’s to eating well without breaking the calorie, fat, or sugar bank this fall. With a little forethought, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals all season long!

Some of the best things in life are still best accomplished the old-fashioned way. Compare a microwaved meal to one made in the oven, and the slow-cooked one wins every time. The same could be said for medical costs and the way Liberty HealthShare approaches them - like Christians have for years - as a community. Our members are a family of like-minded individuals who shoulder one another’s burdens because this model has worked for ages and because it’s the right thing to do. To learn more, visit our homepage. For more information, feel free to call us at (855) 58-LIBERTY and speak to one of our representatives.