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Spicy Tuesday – Warm Roasted Veggie Salad with Herbed Mustard Dressing – Italian Seasoning

Imagine the “oohs and ahhs” from your table when you set this gorgeous platter of color down, overflowing with flavorful greens and topped with warm veggies bathed in a tangy herb filled dressing. (Not only delectable, but beautiful too!) Welcome to our Warm Roasted Veggie Salad recipe, an entrée using whatever looks pretty in the store today and whatever’s abundant in your fridge and pantry.

For the picture above we roasted green beans and asparagus, baby gold potatoes and mushrooms…but the combinations are limited only by your imagination, Make sure to include some fresh veggies to add a crispy contrast to the roasty toasty flavors. We used grape tomatoes that we halved, but shallots, green onions, carrots, celery, fennel or sliced bell peppers would all be tasty, too.

We love anchovies and they are SO good for us, so we added a row for their heart healthy components and their protein. Tuna or sardines would be an excellent choice as well, or try one of your favorite ancient grains to make this a complete meal. Last but not least its fun to add some “briny” goodness, we did it with Kalamata olives, but capers or pickles would be good too.

The spice mix we used to pull all these ingredients together? A traditional Mediterranean blend, the easy-to-find, easy-to-love Italian Seasoning. Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and marjoram are just a few of the power packed herbs that can make up the mix – and each brings its own flavor and goodness to the whole. For example, the basil has strong flavonoids which protect your body on a cellular level. The oregano has Vitamins A,C,E, and K when you use it generously in this recipe. And the thyme is one of our powerful anti-oxidant rich herbs. You can’t go wrong with this healthy blend of herbs!

Warm Roasted Veggie Salad with Herbed Mustard Dressing

Preheat the oven to 400F. Trim or cut your favorite veggies and divide them by type and hardness. (Baby potatoes on one tray, green beans on another, etc.) Toss your veggies onto a sheet pan with a just a Tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Roast for 10 to 25 minutes depending on your choice of veggies. Remove from the oven, and while still warm toss with the dressing and arrange on a bed of greens. Add your fresh veggies and briny olives, pickles or capers, along with fish or grains. Serve while warm.

Herbed Mustard Dressing

½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

¼ Cup Red Wine Vinegar

3 TB Dijon Mustard

1 Tsp Orange Juice

1 Garlic Clove, grated

2 Tsp Italian Seasoning

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste.

Shake all the ingredients together in a small jar.

Spicy Tuesday – Summer Ripe Tomatoes – Italian Seasoning

Summer Ripe Tomatoes

Summer Ripe Tomatoes!

No matter how you serve them up, juicy, ripe, delicious, tomatoes are tops in our book. We love using tomatoes that are canned in the winter, but during the summer they manage to slide into breakfast, lunch and dinner easily.

There’s nothing better than a plate full of the ripe beauties, just sprinkled with a little goat cheese, salt, balsamic and Italian seasoning. The zesty spice adds just the right pop of savory flavor to the sweet, messy fruit.

Italian seasoning is a mixture of dried basil, thyme, oregano, and often a little marjoram, basil’s softer and sweeter “cousin”. Its reminds of us the aroma and tastes of the Mediterranean and it works great with fresh tomatoes, as well as in your favorite red sauce. The herbs pack a potent nutritional impact to the dish as well. Marjoram was used by the Ancient Greeks and known as the herb of peace, harmony, and happiness. That is probably because it made them feel so great after eating it with the high levels of Vitamin A and C in it! Although dried herbs do not have the same high levels of some nutrients, they do still rank in the ORAC scale which means the antioxidants are kept intact during the drying process.

Super Easy Summer Tomatoes

2 Cups Spinach or Basil

4 – 5 Ripe Summer Tomatoes, sliced

1/2 Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese

2 TB White Balsamic Vinegar

1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp Italian Seasoning

½ Tsp Sea Salt

¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Layer the spinach on a large platter, top with the tomatoes and goat cheese. Drizzle on the vinegar and oil, sprinkle with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Serve up to an appreciative audience!

Spicy Tuesday – Mediterranean Shrimp Skewer – Italian Seasoning

Mediterrenan Shrimp Salad

This is the potluck, party, family, friends and gathering time of the year! Its amazing how often we are asked to bring a dish to share, or an appetizer for the start of a meal. That’s the reason, we are always looking for quick and easy ideas – that don’t look quick and easy!

This week’s recipe certainly falls in that category! Grab you shopping list and hit the store – this gorgeous appetizer can be made in less than 30 minutes. Italian seasoning is the secret to the yummy flavor that we marinate the veggies and shrimp in. Full of strong-flavored dried herbs like Basil, Thyme and Oregano, its ability to transform a dressing from simple to fantastic is a real help this time of year. You know we always advocate cooking-from-scratch, but during the holiday, (“hectic”) season, its sometimes great to just have a recipe that you can put together with prepared ingredients!

Because Italian seasoning is a mix of herbs, there are many health-protective phytochemicals involved. Remember that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices are an accessible and inexpensive way to pump up the health benefits in any dish. For example, in this shrimp dish you have Oregano—you get the same level of antioxidants as a whole cup of sweet potatoes in just 1 tsp of Oregano! That is the way to ramp up your health in the middle of the crisp, colder fall weather, enjoy!

YOUR Shopping List

Cooked and Deveined Large Shrimp

1 Jar Hearts of Palm

1 Jar Quartered Artichoke Hearts

1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers

1 Jar Kalamata Olives

1 Pkg Bamboo Skewers

1 Recipe *Italian White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Load the first five ingredients on the skewers. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Let marinate for an hour on the counter, or overnight in the fridge.

*Italian White Balsamic Vinaigrette

½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 Cup White Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tsp Dijon Mustard

2 Tsp Italian Seasoning

½ Tsp Sea Salt

¼ Tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Put all the ingredients together in a jar and shake.