Hi, Friends. I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving. Ours was nice. It was small and quiet and filled with zoom calls from near and far but we made the most of it and boy did we eat! We ate and ate and ate some more and now my friends, it’s time to get back on the wagon.

The recipe I’m sharing today is perfect for this time of year because it is seriously “moreish”, it is so delicious you literally will not want to stop picking at it and best of all, you don’t have to!

My Crispy, Caramelized, Zucchini and Red Onion Roast is the most simple of sheet pan dishes to make. It’s incredibly flavorful, it tastes nice and light yet it is super filling, and it is “FREE”! I’ve spoked about “free foods” in this space before but incase you’re new here, “free foods” are some of my favorite foods. As I work with my clients throughout the day, I always encourage them to stock up on foods that they can eat to their hearts content. Free foods are foods that you can actually eat as much as you want of because they are virtually calorie/fat free! This sheet pan recipe is just that!

Not only is this dish good for the waistline, its also feeds the body in the healthiest of ways. Zucchini contains zeaxanthin and several other compounds that can play a role in preventing oxidative stress—therefore helping to prevent cancer. It’s high in fiber which fills you up without packing on the pounds and it keeps your system regular! Let’s flush out our symptoms!

When I make my Crispy, Caramelized, Zucchini and Red Onion Roast I always make enough for leftovers. It comes out of the oven so crispy and caramelized that I have a hard time not picking at it until dinner is served. And, the flavor of this dish just gets better over time. What’s not to like about healthy, delicious leftovers?

Sometimes I make this dish as a side on a busy weeknight and sometimes I really bulk it up in terms of serving size and feed it to my vegetarian friends as a main meal. It really is so full of flavor and is so filling that you won’t believe that it’s “free”!

Let’s get a head start on feeding our bodies healthfully in the New Year. This favorite sheet pan dish of mine is the perfect recipe to kick it off. Let’s focus on things that make us feel good, that fill our bodies with nourishment but also bring us joy in making and eating! Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, bland or expensive! It can be delicious, healthy and “free!”  Xx Janine

Janine’s Crispy, Caramelized, Zucchini and Red Onion Roast: Free Food for All!


Ingredients: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment paper

3 Tablespoons Olive oil

2 Medium red onions – sliced medium thin

3 large zucchini’s – cut in half length ways then sliced in medium thin half-moon shape (see pictures below)

1 cup fresh mint – chopped

1 cup fresh cilantro – chopped

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon of 21 Seasoning Salute. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. This is optional and fine to leave out if you don’t have on hand.

2 cups Trader Joes Organic No Salt tomato sauce in a Jar (use another brand if you cannot get Trader Joes)

Pepper to taste




Line the sheet pan with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Chop the zucchini (as mentioned in the ingredients) and put it on the lined sheet pan.

Add the olive oil, chopped cilantro and mint, and the 2 cups of tomato sauce.

With a large spoon – mix the zucchini around making a layer of the mixture from sheet pan end to end.

Add pepper to taste.

Roast/bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until the zucchini and onions are almost charred and crispy.