Crunchy Baked Vegetables

One of the cookbooks that has been inspiring me this week is The Secret Ingredient by Sally Bee. I wrote about The Secret Ingredient last year, and I picked up again this weekend when trying to plan out some healthy and exciting meals. I love that this book never sacrifices flavor. It treats food as something that is supposed to be pleasurable but also something that is meant to be fueling and healing.

As a lover of fennel, I was excited to try a take on Sally Bee’s Crunchy Baked Fennel recipe. I bought two giant bulbs at Trader Joe’s over the weekend.


I cut the fennel into quarters and put the quarters into boiling water for about eight minutes.


While the fennel was boiling, I sliced a summer squash and a sweet onion. The original recipe did not include either, but I had them and thought they would go well with the other ingredients.

summer squash

Once the fennel was soft, I layered the veggies in my new casserole dish. My sister and family got me a whole set of these dishes for my birthday, including cute little ramekins and new loaf dishes. I love them!

baked vegetables

I topped the layers of veggies with slivers of garlic, panko bread crumbs, and olive oil.

crunchy baked vegetables

Into a 400 degree oven they went, and 20 minutes later, I had these crunchy baked vegetables. The anise-flavor of the soft, gooey fennel, the sweetness of the onion, and the buttery bread crumbs all went perfectly together. This veggie side dish was incredibly enjoyable. And it was the perfect side for my fish in a packet. I wish dinner was this good and healthy every night!

What should I make next?

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Tags: fennel, health, healthy recipe, onions, side dish, squash, vegan, vegetables, Vegetarian

  1. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I recently discovered my love for fennel but have only had it raw in salad. I’ll have to try it baked with breadcrumbs while the weather is still chilly!


  2. Heather’s avatar

    I cooked with fennel for the first time over the winter when I used it in a soup. I need to try it again – in something that won’t mask the flavor as much.

    This looks like a great dish – thanks for posting!


  3. Daisy’s avatar

    I love baked fennel! and what a lovely birthday gift!


  4. Megan’s avatar

    This sounds just perfect. I love fennel with butter and cheese and bread crumbs. When I try to be healthier, it’s really good in salads with oranges. The dish is so cute!


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