South Beach Diet Oven-Roasted Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
176 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 5g
Calcium 69mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There isn't a better way to enjoy the rainbow of fresh produce than with simple, straightforward oven-roasted vegetables. In this recipe, oven roasting with a splash of extra virgin olive oil caramelizes and brings out the flavor of zucchini, squash, bell peppers, asparagus, and onion.

This particular blend of vegetables is extremely high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. It is also a great source of natural fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K, to name just a few. Fresh veggies are always best, but if you're craving these summertime vegetables out of season, try opting for flash frozen vegetables. They may not be as crisp once thawed, but they tend to hold on to their nutritional value better than produce that has been harvested and imported out of season.

While this recipe was adapted from Dr. Arthur Agatston's The South Beach Diet for phase 1 of the program, you definitely don't have to be on the famous diet to enjoy this colorful and delicious side dish.


  • 1 medium zucchini (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 F.

  3. While the oven is preheating, prepare all the vegetables by cutting into bite-sized pieces.

  4. Then, place the zucchini, squash, bell peppers, asparagus, and red onion in a large roasting pan, and toss with the olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

  5. Spread vegetables in a single layer in the pan.

  6. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are lightly browned and tender.

  7. Serve as a side to your choice of protein and enjoy.

What Can You Eat on South Beach Diet Phase 1?

The first phase of this popular diet lasts 14 days and includes a variety of lean proteins, such as lean pork, skinless chicken, fish, tofu, eggs, and certain cheeses and dairy. Non-starchy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, certain fats, and some sweet treats are also part of the diet.


The South BeachDiet:The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss by Arthur S. Agatston M.D. (Ballantine Books)

Copyright 2003 by Arthur S. Agatston M.D. Reprinted with express written permission.

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