Miso Roasted Veggies

I know sometimes I make it sound like we live in a very small town, but its not that small.   There is a natural food store, and a small Asian market. Miso in a reasonable sized container from the natural food store is $12. I am not kidding. Miso from the Asian market is about $5 and is a huge package. I’ve made double batches of  Miso French Onion Soup twice now, and am not even close to having finished it.

So when I happened upon this recipe in my file of recipes snagged from magazines, I was very excited to find something, quick, easy, healthy, and involving miso.

Simon's unsalted potatoes are separated in the front!

Miso Roasted Brussels and Potatoes

You Need:
3 tsp sesame oil, divided
3 tsp rice vinegar, divided
2 tsp miso paste
16oz bag frozen Brussels sprouts
hot sauce or sriracha
1 large sweet potato
1 head garlic, peeled and 1 clove minced
Olive oil, salt, pepper
2 tsp sesame seeds

You Will:
Preheat the oven to 450.
Combine 2 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp rice vinegar, miso paste, garlic, and a few drops of the hot sauce. Pour over frozen Brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Spread Brussels on a baking sheet.
Peel and cut the sweet potato in pieces similar in size to the Brussels sprouts. Toss sweet potato and remaining garlic cloves with olive oil, salt and pepper, and spread alongside the Brussels Sprouts.
Cook for 20-30 minutes, turning the veggies every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, return to a bowl and toss all veggies with the remaining vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

We had this along with some couscous, which, if you’re going for fast and easy, could not be more perfect. It gave me plenty of time to prepare the couscous and clean the kitchen, while the veggies cooked.

Quick, easy, and different. I’ve never had frozen Brussels sprouts before, and I’ve never roasted frozen vegetables before. The miso glaze really stands out, although you taste the sesame more than the miso.

Simon was a champ with this plate. I know he is still a little young and hasn’t hit his picky phase yet, but I’m so proud of how willing he is to pretty much try anything he can pick up. He loved the sweet potatoes (I set aside a couple pieces for him that were unsalted), and while he wasn’t a big fan of the sprouts, he took a cursory bite out of every piece on his plate. He did go back and try again when he was done with the potato too!

Also, and I’m not sure how this happened, none of it ended up on the floor. None. I can’t remember the last time none of his food ended up on the floor.

It might not have gotten a 100% baby seal of approval, but it was definitely enough for this mama to be happy. I had a great plate of food, and Simon was quiet and happy for dinner. Most definitely a good enough way to end our day.


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