Seasonal roasted vegetables with an Asian-style honey ginger garlic glaze – a great side dish for any time of year, and perfect for sharing with family during holiday gatherings.
This post is sponsored by San-J.
If you were privy to yesterday’s discussion on the life lessons I need to learn over and over again versus the lessons that really hit home on the first go, here is a perfect example of the former: not over-eating roasted vegetables. I literally remind myself of this weekly. While my vegetable over-consumption habit bodes better with my mind, body, and soul than my periodical ice cream binge upon a full sinful pint, the behavior is still what I would label “problematic,” but in a hurts-so-good kind of way…still, in a cognitive behavioral therapy-necessary sort of way, but also in a lesser of two evils, #firstworldproblems sort of way.
All of this to say, roasted vegetables comprise a great deal of my food intake. Truly, I find them irresistible. I am happy to make them on the weekly in huge batches to eat throughout the week (if they last that long) at any and every meal. I definitely have my regular methodology when it comes to vegetable roasting, but when I’m feeling sassy, I’ll spruce them up with a fun n’ frisky sauce, which brings me to my next point:
The Asian-inspired gingery garlicky honey soy glaze for these veggies: game.change.er. Big in flavor, quick and easy to prepare, the sauce bumps up your vegetable consumption experience with hardly any effort.
I used San-J Gluten-Free Organic Tamari Soy Sauce (the reduced sodium is usually my preference) to prepare the Asian-inspired sauce for this recipe. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the difference between regular soy sauce and tamari soy sauce, it’s simple: regular soy sauce is typically made using equal parts soy beans and wheat, whereas tamari soy sauce is made of entirely of soy beans (or sometimes predominantly soy beans and a small amount of wheat). San-J’s approach to tamari is with 100% soy beans, making it naturally gluten-free. I’ve been using San-J’s Tamari ever since I stopped consuming gluten five years ago. Its quality and flavor is consistent and rich – perfect for adding to any of your stir fry recipes, including in sauces, spreads, and even adding to Asian-inspired soup.
Taking the same approach as reducing balsamic vinegar, I reduced the Tamari along with honey, fresh ginger, and garlic, to create a flavor-infused glaze/sauce to spruce up the veggies. The way I see it, this would make a marvelous side dish for your Christmas feast and is a nice change-up from a traditional roasted veggie dish.
The order of operations for this recipe is simple, although it does require some time. We first chop up all the vegetables (I like leaving the carrots whole just for funsies), coat them with olive oil and a sprinkling of spices, then roast them in the oven until all golden-brown and delicious. While the vegetables are roasting, we prepare the Asian-style honey ginger glaze, which only takes about 5 minutes. Once the veggies are out of the oven, we drizzle the glaze over the veggies and serve it up!
Options for Recipe Change-Ups:
- Use any hearty seasonal vegetables of your choosing. For instance, any bell pepper, pasilla or poblano peppers, bok choy, fennel, beets, butternut squash, acorn squash, zucchini, etc.
- Bump up the heat level of the dish by sprinkling the veggies with a small amount of chipotle powder, cayenne, or red pepper flakes. You can also add more red chili sauce (sriracha) to the glaze recipe for added heat.
- Scale down the amount of vegetables in this recipe if you’re serving 2 or 3.
Place this bad boy on your Christmas menu…your entertaining menu…your life menu. Possibly addiction fairly warned.