Roasted Vegetable Medley - A Vegetarian Delight

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lazarus Realty

Here's a great recipe for vegetarians. Lazarus is NOT a vegetarian! However, Lazarus IS an Orthodox Christian, and it is the practice of the Orthodox Church to fast from from eating meat on most Wednesdays and Fridays (and all during Lent and many other feast days).

I was introduced to this dish at *St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (in Fresno --- one Wednesday evening after a pre-sanctified Liturgy).

Its very simple but does take a fair amount of time to prepare.

Cooking time is also quite long. I made this dish the other night and didnt start until ~2:30 and got it in the oven by ~3:30. I let it cook for 3 1/2 hours at 400%. Ideally I would suggest cooking this at around 350 degrees for around 4.5 to 6 hours depending upon how much you make and how well done you like your vegetables.

I assembled all the ingredients and took this picture.


2 green bell peppers

1 yellow bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

5 med onions

6 med red potatoes

6 to 8 med reg potatoes

1 large egg plant

5 carrots

2 cans of diced tomatoes

8 – 10 cloves of garlic

olive oil





juice from two lemons






Note: you can use other kinds of egg plant. As you can see I didn't strictly follow the ingredients above - I added an orange bell pepper and used 3 kinds of potatoes: red, white, and yukon.  You could also use fresh tomatoes - in fact I would recommend it.  But if you do you will probably need to add a little water.  I did not drain the juice from the tomatoes the other night when I made the dish and it came out just fine.  The juice on eventually reduces (esp after 3 1/2 hours at 400 degrees :)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces. Place in pan[s] so that they are spread out and drizzle LIBERALLY with olive oil.

I have prepared this using a cookie sheet and a backing pan.  You could also use a Dutch oven.  You might want to put a cover over the top for the first hour or so.

Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, parsley, and oregano. Place in oven a slow cook turning vegis as often as needed. Add more olive oil if needed. Let them cook until they get a beautiful caramelized color.  The bits that are black in the image below are pieces of skin from the egg plant - nothing was burned.


This dish can stand up on its own as a main dish but if you're a carnivore like me it works great as a side dish to rib-eye steak :)


*Oddly enuf, I cant find a proper website for the St. George's but they DO have a website about their annual Greek Festival which attracts thousands every year.



Lazarus Realty Lazarus




1319 W Bullard #4 — Fresno CA — 93711

© Randy “Lazarus” McAtee



This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
fresno homes
real estate
lenten meal

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
John Douglas
Berkshire Hathaway HomServices Partners Realty - Bowling Green, KY


That is a delicious looking dish my son is a vegetarian i am always looking for new veggie

dishes when he visit will definetly be fixin this thanks.

Dec 11, 2008 03:22 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am not a vegetarian, but I love vegetables and this looks like a wonderful and tasty dish.  I love eggplant.  Have you ever tried it with any other kind of eggplant... white? japanese?   Do you drain the canned tomatoes? Can you use fresh?  Sorry to be so much trouble.

Dec 11, 2008 03:38 PM #2
Randy "Lazarus" McAtee
Lazarus Realty - Fresno, CA
Owner/Broker, Lazarus Realty, Fresno California

John, I have a son who is a vegetarian and he loves this dish.

Tammy, yes you can use other kinds of eggplant and MORE of it.  I'm sure we've made it with Japanese egg plant in the past because we grow them in our garden.  If we had them I would have used them.  Fresh Tomatoes would be much better and you can drain the juice from the tomatoes and if you do it will cook quicker. The juice was not drained for the dish above.

Thanks for asking

Dec 11, 2008 03:45 PM #3
Pawli .
Houston, TX

It looks delicious and I'm for anything that stops people from eating meat (= destroying the environment) even for just a day.

On a side note: My health improved tremendously when I stopped eating meat and started eating more raw veggies. If eveyone who has autoimmune problems stop (or reduce) their meat and grain/sugar intake (especially diabetics) they will feel sooo much better. 

Some other good recipes can be found here:

Dec 11, 2008 04:53 PM #4
Jean Powers
Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002 - Alameda, CA
CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California

Thanks for the recipe. The photos look delicious and ready to eat

Dec 11, 2008 05:03 PM #5
Linda Scanlan
A Consumer's View - Burleson, TX

Lazarus, what a great looking dish. It might make me even LIKE vegetables!  One thing I do know...nothing beats the Greek food festivals! Yummm.

Dec 14, 2008 09:24 AM #6
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

In my Italian Family we call this Jambort.. (I think I spelled it incorrectly) Basically it is everything we could find to throw into a pot and cook. We love it to this day.

Phyllis Pafumi

Dec 17, 2008 01:58 PM #7
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Randy, that looks delicious! I love to try new recipes and after all the goodies from Christmas, this looks like it would be tasty,satisfying, and low cal. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 29, 2008 02:45 PM #8
Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue

Yummy Lazarus...this sounds great. I love veggies and I love the pictures that you took. Thanks for posting! 

Jan 18, 2009 11:19 AM #9
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Randy "Lazarus" McAtee

Owner/Broker, Lazarus Realty, Fresno California
Ask me a question

Additional Information