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roasted vegetables with pomegranate and peanut sauce

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Tangy Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Roasted Winter Vegetables is our favourite kind of cold-weather weekday meal. In fact, we have been known to have this twice in one week. And not as leftovers. 🙂

As denotes an on-repeat weekday recipe, this one is low on effort and high on satisfaction. Chunky winter veg, roasted in the oven until golden edged and sizzling, are turned over in a no-cook, nutty, sour and warmly-spicy sauce. Sprinkle over with pomegranate arils and a handful of chopped parsley, and dinner is immediate and bursting with flavour. If you manage not to wipe a finger around your bowl to get every last drop of sauce, you are a stronger person than me.

pomegranate-peanut sauceWhat about that sauce?

You will be quite used to roasting vegetables. If you wish, roast them here as per your usual; we all have our own way. The reason I’m not fussed how you roast the vegetables is because, in this easy recipe, it is the sauce that is key. With its short roster of ingredients, think of this pomegranate and peanut butter sauce as a kind of North African satay sauce. And like a satay sauce, it’s just so darn versatile.

This vegan recipe makes a bit more sauce than you will probably use. So, save some back to dip in some crudites, pitta chips or warm bread. You can even use it like a traditional satay to flavour chicken, beef or tofu.

cut winter vegetablesTangy Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Roasted Winter Vegetables – the ingredients

You will need:

Butternut squash

Courgette/zucchini

Leek

Celeriac/celery root

Red onion

Cumin, fennel and caraway seeds

Lemon

Soy sauce

Harissa paste (optional)

Runny peanut butter (I like Pip n Nut)

Pomegranate molasses

Pomegranate arils/seeds

Parsley

Olive oil, of course

tangy pomegranate and peanut roasted winter vegetablesThe above is the list I normally draw from, as they are what I tend to buy, and what we like. But I have made it with various other winter vegetables over the past months, as well as some year-rounders, like mushrooms and frozen sweetcorn kernels. You may need to adjust the roasting time, depending on what you use (certainly toss the corn kernels in later in the roasting time). For a mixture of softer and harder vegetables, either slide off the “fast ones” as they are ready, or add them a bit later.

I’ve given you some more vegetable and spicing options below. But this isn’t an exhaustive list. Be creative!

tangy pomegranate and peanut butter roasted winter vegetablesVariations to try

You can literally clean out your vegetable drawer and larder to make this recipe. But here are some ideas.

Another type of hard winter squash

Sweet potato

Beetroot

Carrot

Jicama

Celery stalks

Rutabaga

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Parsnip

Mushrooms

Sweetcorn kernels

Sunflower seed butter

Almond butter

Tahini (not my favourite for this though)

Za’atar (instead of the roasted seeds)

Zhoug (instead of harissa)

Need more protein? Chuck on some cubed or sliced tofu to the vegetables – that’s what I do more often than not. Or, add chopped roasted chicken or some cooked beans/lentils for the last five minutes, to heat through.

roasted vegetables with north african satay sauceHow to make this recipe

Start by toasting the spices. You will use this mix on the roasting vegetables and in the sauce. Pop the cumin, fennel and caraway seeds into a small pan and toast until fragrant – about 1 minute over a medium flame, occasionally shaking the pan. Watch the seeds carefully as they burn quite easily. Once toasted, pound them in a mortar and pestle, or blitz in a spice grinder.

Go ahead and start preheating your oven now, too. I set my fan oven to 190C. If yours is a non-fan oven, use 210C. For a Fahrenheit oven set to 410F. Or, do as you normally do for harder vegetables.spices to roast for recipe

Now prepare the vegetables to roast. Peel the butternut squash and celeriac, then cut into large bite-sized pieces. Dice the courgette into large bite-sized pieces. Trim and slice the leek into thick coins. Halve the red onion, peel and cut into wedges. Add all to a large bowl and cover with the oil, and sprinkle on about one-third of the spices. Toss them around.spices and vegetables

Add the vegetables to a large baking tray with sides. If you need to use non-stick paper do so. Place in the preheated oven. If you like, give the squash and celeriac a head start of 15 minutes. But it isn’t absolutely necessary. All in at the same time will mean the other veg will be a bit more cooked. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, turning once. Or start the butternut squash & celeriac, and add the rest to the tray after 15 minutes.roasted vegetables

For more tuition on roasting vegetables, see this article from thekitchn.com.

Now make the delicious tangy sauce. Add the peanut butter, pomegranate molasses and extra spices to a bowl. Mix with a spoon until it comes together, adding the lemon juice and soy sauce to taste. Season and add harissa if you like.

making pomegranate and peanut butter sauceTo serve, spoon over the sauce as soon as the vegetables come out of the oven (otherwise it stiffens up a bit), tossing lightly with a spatula to coat – it might be messy! Then sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds/arils and the chopped parsley. Serve straight from the baking sheet to save on washing up an extra dish!tangy pomegranate and peanut roasted winter vegetables

So, are you tempted by the sauce? Well, my good friend, I urge you to give in to that temptation. I had been thinking about this combination of flavours for months; I just knew it would tick so many of my own culinary boxes – tangy, nutty, creamy, warmly-spicy. And, when I finally made it, I nearly kicked myself for not making it sooner. I have even stirred the last couple of spoons of the sauce into a scaled down version of this recipe – so good!

If you are wanting a few more sauce ideas for vegetables, check out one of these here on Food To Glow – Vegan Aioli, Best Avocado Mayo, Broccoli-Blue Cheese Sauce, Black Olive Tapenade, Carrot-Miso Sauce, and Cilantro-Mint Chutney Sauce. I have loads more in my Index, under Sauces.

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roasted vegetables with pomegranate and peanut sauce
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Tangy Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Roasted Winter Vegetables

A simple supper of roasted winter vegetables drenched in tangy pomegranate and peanut sauce. Any extra sauce is delicious as a kind of satay sauce, too. Sub in almond or sunflower seed butter if you like; change out the vegetables (ideas given). And, to add even more protein, nestle in cubes of tofu to the roasting vegetables.

Course DInner, Side Dish
Cuisine vegan
Keyword easy recipe, peanut sauce, pomegranates, roasted vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 417 kcal
Author kellie anderson

Ingredients

  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1/2 courgette zucchini
  • 1 leek
  • 1/2 celeriac or jicama (different taste though)
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds

Pomegranate-Peanut Sauce

  • 100 ml loose, natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses more to taste
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 tsp soy sauce more to taste
  • 1 tsp harissa paste optional, more to taste
  • 1/2 pomegranate seeds/arils from
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C fan/210C/410F

  2. Start by toasting the spices. You will use this mix on the roasting vegetables and in the sauce. Pop the cumin, fennel and caraway seeds into a small pan and toast until fragrant - about 1 minute over a medium flame. Watch carefully as they burn easily. Cool briefly, then pound in a mortar and pestle or blitz in a spice grinder.

  3. Now prepare the vegetables to roast: Peel the butternut squash and celeriac, then cut into large bite-sized pieces. Cut the courgette into large bite-sized pieces. Trim and slice the leek into thick coins. Halve the red onion, peel and cut into wedges. Add all to a large bowl and cover with the oil, and sprinkle on about one-third of the spices.

  4. Add the vegetables to a large baking tray with sides. If you need to use non-stick paper do so. Place in the preheated oven. If you like, give the squash and celeriac a head start of 15 minutes. But it isn't absolutely necessary. All in at the same time will mean the other veg will be a bit more cooked. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, turning once. Or start the butternut squash & celeriac, and add the rest to the tray after 15 minutes.

  5. Now make the sauce. Add the peanut butter, pomegranate molasses and extra spices to a bowl. Mix with a spoon until coming together, adding the lemon juice and soy sauce to taste. Season and add harissa if you like.

  6. To serve, spoon over the sauce as soon as the vegetables come out of the oven, tossing lightly with a spatula to coat - it might be messy! Then sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds/arils and the parsley. Serve straight from the baking sheet to save on washing up an extra dish!

Recipe Notes

Don't like peanut butter? Sub in almond butter or sunflower seed butter. You can use tahini, but I don't like it as much here.

 

Need to use other veg? Feel free to experiment with what you have and what you fancy. Sweet potatoes or carrots are great instead of squash. And jicama or rutabaga instead of celeriac is a good call, although they taste very different. Add mushrooms, sliced peppers, garlic, eggplant - anything you like. 

 

More protein? Add cubes or slices of tofu (about 200g) to the roasting vegetables. That's often how I make it these days.

 

Nutrition Facts
Tangy Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Roasted Winter Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 1047mg30%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 10578IU212%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 thoughts on “Tangy Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Roasted Winter Vegetables

  1. Mr A says:

    Thus sauce is the tangiest, tastiest treat. Brilliant

    1. kellie anderson says:

      You know it, Andrew! I”m glad you don’t mind having it on repeat 😉 xxx

  2. Ooo why do I always torture myself and read your blog when I’m hungry?! This sounds and looks brilliant. What a combo of smashing ingredients. Im writing my shopping list right now to make it in the next few days. Thank you!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Oh, I love your enthusiasm, Niki. In better days I would be making this for you for lunch. One day! xxx

  3. annehalson says:

    Sadly in New Zealand pomegranate is a seasonal fruit limited to the early summer months. Interesting how aware you become of seasonality when you live at the edge of the world. It does add some special zing to my summer salads though.

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Hi Anne. You can certainly make this without the added pop of zingy pomegranate arils. And, the wintry vegetables can be swapped for summery ones – sweetcorn kernels, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, fennel. It’s the sauce that’s the main thing 🙂

  4. Rachel says:

    Back with a bang 😍 so comforting to hear your soothing writer’s voice again. Thank you for reminding us of your other awesome sauce ideas, too. Roast veg game strong!!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      Aw, thank you, my Rachel. It’s good to be back and writing again. I’ve always been eating! xxx

  5. Gary says:

    Your food looks good and yummy!

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