I’m so pleased to have my friend Debbie Koenig guest posting today.

As I mentioned last week, I first met Debbie just about two years ago. I was a brand new blogger at the time, and I was “wowed” by the fact that she was in the process of signing a contract to write her first book.

It’s fitting, therefore, that her book: Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents is being released TODAY. It’s such a wonderful book- perfect for new parents, yes…but also perfect for anyone who appreciates accessible writing, humor, and food that’s just plain delicious.

So huge congrats go to Debbie…and take it away!

pasta with roasted cauliflower

If you’re a busy parent—especially a new parent—make roasted vegetables your secret weapon. Pop a tray of chopped what-have-you into a 425° oven (while baby’s napping, even), and you’ve got the basis for any number of meals: soup, salad, burritos, pizza, paninis, frittata, pasta, and more.

After my son’s birth, I became the Roasted Vegetable Queen (picture a crown made from zucchini tops and carrot shavings). I’d devote an hour to prepping and roasting, then pack those soft, caramelized nuggets to use during the week. I even stowed batches in the freezer, in case of emergency. My son’s five now, and I still put on that crown regularly.

With a new eater in the house, roasting offers a huge bonus: The technique brings out the natural sweetness in even the funkiest veg, so purees made from them are extra-appealing. Roasting cauliflower, for example, turns an oft-maligned, sulfur-stinky underachiever into a mellow, fragrant hunk o’goodness. Whir up a bit for baby, and toss the rest with whole grain pasta and gussied-up breadcrumbs for you.

Cook once and feed everyone. Now that’s what I call a secret weapon.

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If you’d like to enter the giveaway for Debbie’s book, please leave a comment on this post.


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    Cassie — February 21, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    This sounds incredible. I love roasted veggies and the cauliflower sounds just perfect with the lemon and parmesan. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Kelley — February 21, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Debbie’s book sounds lovely and this pasta dish looks amazing. I love roast cauliflower in anything!

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    Kathryn — February 21, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    What a great pasta dish, full of flavour and texture.

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    Dramatic Pancake — February 21, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Yum! I don’t have any babies, but I think I’ll go ahead and make this anyway.. :) What a lovely, tasty, well-rounded looking dish!

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    Marta @ I love breakfasts! — February 21, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m no a busy parent but I will use this recipe :)

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    gia — February 21, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Amen sister! I do the same thing. I like to roast onions and any type of veg and then throw in the blender with milk and yogurt for a wonderfully creamy soup that has some protein in there too. The onion adds a nice depth to the other veg.

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — February 22, 2012 @ 2:48 am

    Beautiful recipe and thanks for introducing me to a fab new to me blog.

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    christi — February 22, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I’m printing this recipe to make for dinner on Friday. It will be a nice alternative to fish on Fridays for Lent (minus the bacon of course!) Don’t have kids but I love Deb’s recipes and writing.

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    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — February 22, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    I am in fact imagining that roasted vegetable crown right now – it looks good on you! :)

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    paf — February 26, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    I made this; the flavor is good, but a little too dry for me. Any suggestions?

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    abby — November 29, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    i just made this for dinner and it was excellent! i used fake bacon, because my husband is a vegetarian–still delicious!