Oh Anderson, how do you not get scurvy? Or even rickets? You are a beautiful, intelligent creature, sent unto us from the heavens, and we would like you to live well and healthily for a very long time. Please eat some vegetables.
No, really - your twice a day corn and mashed potatoes from Boston Market don't really count. Even if you go for the double serving of corn as you are wont to do. And it's not like you're alone - according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 data, only six percent of men and four percent of women eat enough vegetables.
You can do better than that, Anderson. You can BE better than that.
You may know all about news and talk shows and being blindingly attractive, Anderson, but we have this whole sticking vegetables into the oven and then putting them onto dishware and conveying them into our mouths with a fork and chewing thing DOWN, man. Listen to us.
A few easy suggestions:
This method also works well with spinach or chard leaves, and benefits beautifully from a sprinkling of sesame seeds or a spritz of soy sauce or tamari.
Roasted root vegetables
Stir the contents of the dishes, swap racks and check after another 30 minutes. Vegetables should be tender and browned. Stir as needed and check at 15 minute intervals for doneness. Scoop into a bowl and serve hot.
Our go-to method, though, is to pre-heat the oven to 350°F, slice off the stem, cut them in half, place halves on a baking sheet, then brush or spray them with oil and sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt. Then they go into the center of the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until tender, but not browned. Then boom – on goes broiler, the pan goes on the top rack and those babies sizzle until the tops are browned. Keep a close eye so they don't burn up – it'll only take a minute or two. Remove from heat and gorge.
Note: the roast-then-broil method also works well for broccoli and cauliflower – just keep an extra-close eye during the second phase so the florets don't crisp away to nothing.
What it comes down to, Anderson Cooper, is that you are nothing short of a national treasure, and we want to keep you strong and alive to mimic Courtney Stodden's facial contortions now until the end of time.
Thank you for listening. Now go eat some kale.
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