Adjusting to new circumstances and challenges require perseverance and a sincere resolve to be successful.
In my case, I am still adjusting to my new kitchen.
I used to be able to cook many things quickly as I enjoyed the benefit of 2 ovens. Now, I have only 1 oven, and it recently needed to be repaired too.
So, rather than roasting my vegetables in the oven, I have been experimenting with cooking vegetables on top of stove. I have yet to fully master this technique, but I am happy to say that I am making progress!
Initially, I tried roasting vegetables on top of the stove. The technique behind stove top roasted vegetables is to first brown the vegetables, and then essentially steam them until they are done. Overall, I was not pleased with the outcome using that method.
Now, I have discovered braising vegetables on top of the stove. This method seems to not only be a time saver, but, the outcome wins the husband and children seal of approval.
In order to cook vegetables on top of the stove, they need to be cut into smaller and more uniform-sized pieces. Since I make a lot of vegetables, I thought I would try slicing them with my food processor and then cooking them. Success!
I went from 2.5 hours to roast beets in the oven to 40 minutes, from start to finish!
I may yet experiment with using a pressure cooker, which could be an even greater time saver. Stay tuned.
I also think the spices could be varied and yield different results that are equally tasty.
Beets, washed and scrubbed
Salt, pepper to taste
Fresh garlic, crushed
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Optional: fresh chopped herbs
Wash and scrub beets. Slice with food processor. Place beets in a spray oiled pan. Add salt and pepper to taste with a small amount of water. Cook until done. Add crushed garlic and adjust the seasoning. Pour lemon juice and lemon zest over beets while still warm.
Here are a few pictures:
I am happy because I have maximum taste with minimal time.
Everyone else is happy because they taste as good as roasted.
Plus, this is even small kitchen approved. A win-win overall!
We are all happy!