Roasted Thyme & Sage Harvest Vegetables

I’ve been in New York for only  a week and half, but it actually feels like I’ve been here much longer. Until I get on the subway. And then I have this uncontrollable need to get in everyone’s way, be awkward, and confirm with strangers that I’m going the right direction. Then it all seems very new again.

It’s been a long 10 days. Surprisingly enough, my plan to sublet from two guys I’ve never met but seemed really nice on Craigslist didn’t work out as planned.  I can’t even get into all the details because I’m too exhausted, but it resulted in screaming landlords, an air mattress, and me moving boxes of clothes across the city four times in less than two weeks.
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So I’m already looking forward to getting out of the city for a few days to celebrate Vegan Thanksgiving, which is similar to regular Thanksgiving but with less cholesterol and absolutely no puritanical values.
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Autumn Roasted Vegetables

I’ve actually been thinking about this for a while and have a whole menu of Thanksgiving dishes I’m blogging about this month. I’m making roasted vegetables, red cabbage & apple walnut salad, whole grain stuffing, and mini seitan pot pies. I would eat any of these things on a non-holiday, but especially the roasted vegetables.  Brussels sprouts and butternut squash are two of my all-time favorite vegetables, and this dish is so simple, which is a puritanical value after all.
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Roasted Thyme and Sage Harvest Vegetables

Recipe Adapted from A Spicy Perspective

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, with ends sliced off
  • 1 butternut squash, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, coat vegetables evenly with oil and spices.
  3. Place on a foil-lined cookie tray and roast for 35 minutes.

 

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Even though it’s been a rough start, there’s so much about the city that I love already. It’s nice seeing my friends in the area, the live music is great, running through Central Park is even better, and there’s more vegan restaurants than I know what to do with.
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But as happy as I am to be here, I already know I won’t stay forever, forever. You give up a lot of your free time, personal space, and relationships to live here. And you need to be totally prepared to do that.
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And you want more things. I think that’s my least favorite thing about the city. When you’re constantly surrounded by restaurants and stores and well-placed media buys, you find yourself wanting things you absolutely don’t need. And when you can see H&M from your doorstep, and it’s next to a three-story Trader Joe’s, it’s not even a fair fight.
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But the idea of working longer hours just to spend more money on things I don’t need legitimately makes me want to cry. That’s a horribly prioritized life. So my goal is to love it while I’m here but not get caught up in the excess. And, at the very least, to stop buying Vitamin Water every single time I pass a Duane Read.
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 And to end it on a happy note, here’s a few of my favorite captured moments so far. Live music, the NY Marathon, and those two guys from Craigslist, who did actually turn out to be very nice, making me an air-mattress bed.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’ve never been to New York. You should come up to Alaska :) Also, I agree with life before work priority. In terms of things..I’m reading this book Living With Less. It’s really an excellent read! Makes you want to pretty much purge most of your belongings ;) These veggies look excellent! :) Cheers!

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