Meatless Monday: Quick Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower with Walnuts

By: Mallory Stuchin

Quick Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower with Walnuts

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Don't be fooled by the banality of root vegetables. Sure, they're often dirt-covered and tough to chew, but once washed (peeled, if need be), cut into manageable pieces and scorched in a hot oven, these colorful fall favorites develop a caramelized coating that rivals the flavor of candy (and, if you partake, bacon). In this vegetarian recipe, carrots and cauliflower are tossed with whole walnuts — an ingredient that not only adds welcome texture, but provides enough protein to make this a hearty, and incredibly healthy, main course.

INGREDIENTS

4 medium carrots (about 12 ounces), peeled and thinly sliced on an angle

1 small head cauliflower (about 2 1/4 pounds), trimmed into small florets

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce finely chopped walnuts (about 3 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Toss the carrots and cauliflower in a bowl with 3 teaspoons of the oil, the thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well coated. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roast the vegetables until tender and lightly browned, about 25 minutes, stirring once or twice. Season with more salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring, until toasted, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and toss with the parsley, lemon zest and remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle over the roasted vegetables.

Next Up

4 Sneaky Ways to Replace Carbs with Cauliflower

Find out how to replace carbs with cauliflower in recipes for pizza crust, tots, potato salad and cauliflower mac and cheese on Cooking Channel.

Fall Fest: Caramel Apples for Halloween

Happy Halloween! You might be full of mini candy bars already but since they are mainly a crispy fruit, there's always room for candy-coated apples.

Recipes to Get Apples Into Every Meal

Get apple recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and dessert on Cooking Channel.

6 Halloween Movie and Food Pairings for a Spooktacular Party

Get Halloween food and movie pairing ideas for Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more.

On TV

Unique Eats

7am | 6c

Unique Eats

7:30am | 6:30c

Unique Eats

8am | 7c

Unique Eats

8:30am | 7:30c

Unique Eats

9am | 8c

Unique Eats

9:30am | 8:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

2:30pm | 1:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Iron Chef America

8pm | 7c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Sundays 10|9c

So Much Pretty Food Here