There are few nicer things than a lovely, hot vegetable bake on a rainy day. Especially when it is comfort food you’re craving but still want to have something healthy.
I had this lovely romanesco in the house and really wanted to make something nice with it, so I decided on a vegetable bake. Not least because that gave me the freedom to use up some other vegetables in dire need of being eaten.
For this bake, you can use whatever vegetables you have in the house, there’s no need for a regimented shopping list, but as a guide, this is what I used (serves 6 – generous portions):
- 1 head romanesco, washed and pulled into florets
- 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
- 800g potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 2 stalks celery, washed and diced
- 3 spring onions, washed and cut into rings
- 350 ml cream (use a mix of milk and cream if you’re worried about fat!)
- 1 tsp mustard
- grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 100g grated cheese
The little pot next to the beans is full of toasted quinoa. It’s nothing you need, but I like the crunch of it, added to the cheese on the top of the dish. So feel free to do that also! As you can see, I’ve chopped the vegetables quite small as to help them cook in the oven. The kidney beans were a last minute addition to add some extra protein.
After having prepared all the ingredients, I mixed them all up and filled them into a large oven proof dish. Once you’ve done that, in a large jug, whisk the cream (and milk, if you’re using it) together with the mustard, nutmeg, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and make sure they’re all just about covered. Add a little more cream if they aren’t.
Sprinkle the cheese across the top, add a bit of toasted quinoa for crunch and off with the whole thing into the oven at 200C for 25-30 minutes. Eh voilà:
I did have a taste and a quick picture last night. However, after a big debacle of Cub 4 having turned the oven temperature down and me having fed the kids the Wholemeal Bread I had baked earlier in the day, we will be having it for dinner this evening instead.
It was delicious though! Notice the steam, hot and wonderful.
Enjoy and let me know what you thought of it!