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roasted veggie and goat cheese pitas

Okay, folks. This is another one of those so-simple-I’m-not-sure-I-should-blog-about-it lunches.

I mean, if we’re being totally honest here I can admit to you that lunch is not on my list of awesome daily priorities. That’s definitely not to say I skip lunch (skip a meal? huh?), but my lunches are usually eaten while standing up over the stove and usually consist of whatever I can pull out of the fridge the fastest. Usually a veggie burger, an egg and cheese burrito or a hummus pita.

However, on Monday I just became so enamored with all of the beautiful veggies at a local farm stand. This often happens at Whole Foods and I come home with an additional fifty dollars tapped on to my bill (note to self: never go grocery shopping hungry). But the truth is, sometimes I just buy things because they’re pretty.

That goes for shoes, anthropologie blouses, nail polish and vegetables.

So, later that morning I come waltzing into my tiny house bearing a gigantic portobello mushroom, two bright green zucchinis, a crooked head yellow squash, a large red onion and an expensive bell pepper.

Then I sat everything down on my counter and wondered what in the world I was going to do with it all. I mean, I really don’t even like vegetables all that much. They were just so pretty.

I ended up roasting all the vegetables with a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then stuffing them into a warm pita with what probably was ninety servings of goat cheese.

Goat cheese makes everything better.

The end result was just so good I couldn’t help but blog about it! Roasted veggies plus goat cheese seems like a match made in heaven, and to top it all off, I felt super healthy for the rest of the afternoon after eating all these pretty veggies.

Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese Pitas

serves 2 (with leftover veggies)

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2 small zucchini, sliced

2 small yellow squashes, sliced

1 large portobella mushroom, stem removed and sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced thick

1 T olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup fresh crumbled goat cheese

2 whole wheat pitas


Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.

Scatter veggies over baking sheet and then drizzle olive oil and vinegar over all and toss well. Sprinkle with salt.

Roast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, heat pitas then slice and stuff each with 1/4 cup goat cheese. When veggies are done, stuff into pitas and eat warm.


30 minutes

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  • chocolate-covered katie
    May 5, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I’ve been looking for a good “balsalmic-roasted” veggie recipe. And since I trust your culinary-genius tastebuds completely, I KNOW I’ll need to try this one.

    Now you have me craving veggies at 7 in the morning ;).

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 5, 2011 at 5:03 am

    roasted veggies and goat cheese are heavenly together…i can’t wait to try it!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    May 5, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I agree completely- goat cheese definitely makes everything better! 😉 Love simple meals like this. Simple is always the best.

  • Caitlin
    May 5, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Yum- this is so simple and looks so good! I just became obsessed with goal cheese. It really does make everything better! I will even just eat it plain. I’m going to make these this weekend for sure!

  • Tasha @ Voracious
    May 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I love it! It is so pretty, and I’m sure it’s just bursting with flavor. Goat cheese isn’t always my first choice when it comes to cheese, but sometimes it is the absolute perfect addition to a meal. Really lovely!

  • jenna
    May 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

    what a flavorful/colorful lunch!!mmmm….goatcheese!!!

  • Molly
    May 5, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Roasting vegetables making everything better! It’s the answer to picky kids everywhere!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Totally blog worthy.. sometimes the simple things are the most difficult things to come up with!

  • M
    May 5, 2011 at 5:19 am

    So happy you are writing some lunch posts again-thank you and yay!!

    Hoping some yoga/life and more lunch/brekky posts to come….

    Thanks Jenna 🙂

  • vanessa
    May 5, 2011 at 5:31 am

    It’s great to be reminded of the simple things. I have all of this stuff in the fridge minus the goat cheese… but I DO have feta.. Mmmm! Thanks!

  • Lizzie
    May 5, 2011 at 5:34 am

    The words from my mouth last night? “Goat cheese and I are best friends.” It does make everything good!! 🙂

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    May 5, 2011 at 5:49 am

    What a great mix of veggies! Roasted veggies + goat cheese is one of my favorite combos.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 5, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Ok I love simple recipes — it doesn’t have to be complicated to taste good!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    May 5, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Yumm these look so pretty! Sometimes the simplest recipes turn out to be the best. Love all the colour!

  • Errign
    May 5, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I heart roasted veggies. Put goat cheese on anything & I’ll eat it. This is perfecto!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 am

    in life, it’s sometimes the most simple things that make us most happy. and roasted veggies and goat cheese are certainly in that category! I miss balsamic, I can’t get it here in New Zealand..too pricey!

  • JD at I Do Things
    May 5, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Oh, man, this looks good! I was all set to be “bad” today and grab a fast-food lunch, but now I’m going to make this instead. Hopefully I can find a pepper that’s not too expensive . . .

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 am

    great idea, and perfect for spring! I’m totally craving roasted veggies and goat cheese now! But I might put mine on a wrap- homemade soft wrap bread is the best!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 5, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Love this recipe. I loooooove goat cheese. And sauteed veggies in a pita. Wow…I am def going to try this recipe. Thanks for a quick on-the-go, yet healthy meal.

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    May 5, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Tangy goat cheese is the best!

  • Maria
    May 5, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I can’t eat goat cheese while I am pregnant. So sad! I miss it. I am saving this recipe for later:)

  • daniella @ runner at heart
    May 5, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Wow those looks good and super easy to make!

  • Heather M
    May 5, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Now I need to go to the store. It looks great! I love buying things that are pretty, it makes my day better.

  • Baking 'n' Books
    May 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Cheese! Leftover veggies? No such thing.

  • Chad @ thebreakupnote
    May 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I believe that goat cheese is the magic faery dust of health food. *bling* instantly amazing.

  • Kiran @
    May 5, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I’ve never had a liking for goat’s cheese. Way too strong for me. But love veggies, especially those colorful ones. Happy Cinco de Mayo 🙂

  • Ashley
    May 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

    So simple yet looks SO good! It’s true- goat cheese does make everything better!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 5, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Anything with goat cheese is amazing! I love roasted veggies. Maybe I’ll make this for a quick dinner next week.

  • Paj
    May 5, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Sometimes the easiest meals are the best.

  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
    May 5, 2011 at 7:28 am

    These look so good! Roasted veggies are the absolute best and you definitely can’t go wrong with goat cheese! 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Ohh – this looks awesome. Bet it’d be great with feta toooo.

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    May 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Gasp! I’m so shocked. I really expected some amazing cinco de mayo dish this morning! Who knows though, you always have something up your sleeve.

    Love this recipe. I love roasted veggies in pastas, wraps, and now pitas! These look like a 10!

  • Heather
    May 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I love the gorgeous simplicity of this! such great flavors combining together with out much fuss – that’s my favorite kind of lunch!

    Also – i really need to start being more generous with my basalmic! I never would have thought to toss the veggies with it before roasting! (and i recently read a blog recipe for marinara sauce with a splash of basalmic, as well!) I see an investment of a few new bottles in my future!

  • Elaina
    May 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I don’t know if anyone else has told you but the title is misspelled. 😀 The recipe sounds great! I’m definitely having this for lunch today.

    • jenna
      May 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

      great catch!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    May 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Such an awesome recipe… simple can often times be the best! 🙂 Love all those veggies too.

  • Karen
    May 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Simply prepared, fresh (pretty!) food is such a joyous experience! My style of lunch for sure.

    On that note, thanks for reminding of us your your pasta sauce with spinach, garlic, lemon, white beans the other day. Though I substituted nutritional yeast for cheese, it was perfect – another 10 minute prep. of a just a handful of ingredients which yielded delicious, healthful results.

  • Mallory
    May 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Last night I made a roasted veggie panini…never thought to use a pita! Genius! This way nothing falls out while stuffing my face.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    May 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I actually make a sandwich with these exact ingredients all the time! The only difference is that I add rosemary to it. It goes so well with the balsamic and goat cheese!

  • Sarah
    May 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Roasted Veggies and Goat Cheese together are one of my favorite combinations and I just happen to think Balsamic goes with everything. Wonderful suggestion. Totally making this soon!

  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    May 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

    One of my favorite sandwiches is from this cafe called Gypsy Den – very similar to yours!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    May 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Does anyone really like their veggies?

  • Khushboo
    May 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Easy cheesy and delicious- I like your style 🙂

  • kate
    May 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Roasted veggies are my reason for living. Along with chocolate, beer, and bacon.

  • Jessy
    May 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

    This looks really delicious!

  • Sahar
    May 5, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The simpler, easy to follow ideas are my favorite posts because I can use them right away without too much planning. This looks amazing – can’t wait to get my hands on some spring veggies to try this!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    May 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

    You can never go wrong when you add some goat cheese. Never!

  • Julie (Food & Other Things)
    May 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Roasted veggies are so good! I’ve actually never tried goat cheese before but I’ll have give it a try!

  • clemmy
    May 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    now i KNOW i shud make this myself…. but i know for a fact that marks and spencers (google it, uk shop, dammmmmmn good!) sell one!!!! it is with feta cheese not goats, but i have been eyeballing it for a while now. I think this post has just tipped me over the edge of “should i, shouldnt i…” hehe. roll on lunchtime tomo! 🙂

  • Jen of My Tiny Oven
    May 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Goat Cheese is my life!!! This looks amazing… can’t wait to try it for Saturday lunch! Thank you!!

  • Moni'sMeals
    May 5, 2011 at 10:23 am

    my favorite type of meal, I make meals like this ALL the time. 🙂

    where is the tequilla!?!?

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    May 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Living in CA we’re so fortunate to have some of the best produce in the country–so why make it all fussy. Sometimes simple is best. And plus, this has goat cheese which makes everything so much more amazing.

  • Joelle
    May 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I love good breads. Have you tried the Food For Life brands? They are absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, I really should not be eating so much bread when I am a non-exerciser in the least. Oh, if only I could eliminate the guilt and doubt.

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
    May 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Ahhh that looks DELICIOUS! I haven’t even had breakfast yet, but I would eat that in a second! I love when random lunches come together to be great!

  • Michelle Collins
    May 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I just posted a recipe for roasted veggie, goat cheese and pesto pizza – I love the combo of the sweet veggies with the tangy goat cheese. These pitas look fantastic!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    May 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

    what greattttt looking veggies! the color is awesome

  • hippierunner
    May 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Having this for lunch! Thanks for the great and simple idea. 🙂

  • French Heart
    May 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Loved roasted veggies, white cheddar cheese, but I put them on Udi gluten free bread that grill in butter on both sides so crunchy inside and out. So amazing. I know that hole in the wallet feeling from Whole Foods. But a healthy indulgence.

    Last night got amazing Cote de Provence rose & lightly browned large scallops, then added a bunch of watercress, sliced pear…some big squeezes of lemon, sea salt and plated w/blue-veined cheese on top. OMG. Great. Did a little happy dance. 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    May 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    mmm, looks so fresh & summery!

  • rae
    May 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    yummos! that looks like my kind of lunch. although i have to admit that i’ve never tried goat cheese before. the idea that it comes from a billy goat kind of scares me. is that silly? do i need to go the market asap and pick up come goat cheese and jump on the goat cheese train?

  • Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner
    May 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Oh yum! Goat cheese is delicious!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    May 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Simple is good. This is great! Goats cheese…..amazing
    Heidi xo

  • Jessica
    May 6, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Goat cheese does make everything better:)

  • Stephanie
    May 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    not going to lie, i just drooled a little bit…

  • Mellie
    May 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Vegetables are soo underrated. I don’t get it. I ate them even as a little kid- even broccoli and Brussels sprouts!!

  • Heather
    July 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Absolutely loved this recipe! A friend told me about your blog a few weeks ago and I have been cooking almost all my dinners from it since then…everything has been unreal, you are very talented 🙂