No pasta? No problem - low carb, gluten free alternative to your pasta dinner!

Fact: most of my best recipes were nothing short of a happy accident - this newest one included.

If your family is anything like mine, then pasta is the one meal everyone is on board with. So, it can be really hard giving up a pasta dinner when all you want to hear is the clinking of utensils on plates. #nowhining

I've done the spaghetti squash and zucchini "noodles", both excellent choices, but why not try something a little different?!

It all started with my Sunday food prep - some eggplant, red bell pepper, and onion paired with my FlavorGod Garlic Lovers seasoning - the original intention was to have the roasted veggies on hand as a side dish for Mike's lunches (gotta get those veggies in!).

Then the crew wanted pasta for Sunday dinner....but Mom's not eating carbs after 2pm so - what's a girl to do???

In comes the roasted veggies and voila!  I popped some Crockpot Meat Sauce - in the slow cooker and there you have it.... a delicious, low carb + filling meal that works for all of us.  The boys had pasta with some of the veggies and sauce - I had veggies with sauce. Yum!

Roasted Eggplant and Veggies

1 medium eggplant, chopped into bite-size pieces (I do NOT do the whole salt, soak or peeling thing - don't bother)
1 large onion chopped into bite size pieces
1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper chopped into bite size pieces
1-2 tablespoons seasoning of your choice (Italian, Greek, or any combination your family likes)
3 tablespoons olive oil

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2) Place chopped veggies on large baking sheet (must be in a single layer with plenty of room - otherwise, your veggies will steam, not roast)
3) Sprinkle with seasoning
4) Toss with olive oil to evenly coat
5) Roast for 25-30 minutes, checking to toss and turn every 10 minutes - veggies are done when golden brown and yes - it will smell amazing!

Serve as a side dish or top with meat sauce - perfect fresh out of the oven or reheat and use for your veggies during the week! Also delicious on salads or mixed in a quinoa salad. Seriously, the possibilities are endless!

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