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A Vegetable Lunch: Roasted, Steamed, and Raw

Alice Waters

Lesson time 19:39 min

Alice walks you through her process of planning an India-inspired lunch based on the ingredients in her shopping basket. Learn how to prepare vegetables three ways, and reach into your pantry to round out the meal.

Alice Waters
Teaches The Art of Home Cooking
In 16+ lessons, learn to cook beautiful, seasonal meals at home from the James Beard Award-winning founder of Chez Panisse.
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ALICE WATERS: Simplicity, as in this lunch menu, is incredibly valuable. It doesn't mean you haven't thought something through. In fact, it's the reverse. You've thought it through so well that you can just do it simply. I decided I'm going to make a little lunch with all of these ingredients here. And I'm trying to really think about timing. What do I need to do right at the last minute? And what do I need to do ahead of time? I'm thinking of roasting the squash with some of this kaffir lime leaves from my garden. I'll just chop them up and put them in with the squash. While the squash is cooking, I'm going to make a carrot salad with cumin. That's perfect for the timing. And then I'm going to make a little raita, so that we all go with it all of these vegetables that I'm cooking. And I'm going to warm up the rice, add some coriander that I already chopped. And the very last thing I'm going to do is steam the turnips. When you roast something, it intensifies the flavor. And really, any vegetable, it's pretty much wonderful roasted in the oven, just with a little olive oil and some salt. And squash, it's exceptional. I'm going to take off the ends, and I'm going to peel it a little bit, but not too much. I love the kind of look of the whole vegetable after it's cooked. So I'm going to leave a little bit of the skin on there. And again, all scraps in my compost. What I'm going to do is cut this in half and cut it this way so that I don't endanger myself. And then I'm going to bring my compost over here and take out the seeds. And now I'm going to cut these in very even pieces. That's what's important, so that they all cook at the same time. If you cut them too thinly, they won't have the really beautiful, soft part in the center. And I'm just going to cut up a little bit of this, because I want it to release its oils. And I'm not being very careful about it, because I'm going to take them out before I put the squash on the plate. OK. Now I'm going to put the squash in the bowl and season it. I think I'll put these kaffir limes in the bowl too, leaves. Pour a little olive oil over, some salt, a little bit more. Toss them. And then I'm going to lay them out on the baking pan. Maybe a little bit of red pepper flakes too. Then I'm going to put them in a very hot oven-- it's about 400 degrees. And they'll take, oh, I'd say, maybe 20 or 25 minutes to cook. It's amazing what happens to vegetables when they're simply roasted with olive oil and salt. Even the oddest vegetable that you could possibly imagine-- like kohlrabi-- is transformed when you cut it and roast it. The reasons that I wanted to steam them is that this time of year, they are incredibly sweet. These are new turnips, they aren't the turnips that have been stored during the winter. And I would think about it very different. I might roast the turnips at another time. Now these here are a little bit bigger t...

Farm-to-table cooking

Alice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first-ever online cooking class, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I am a perpetual student when it comes to cooking. Alice's class has inspired me to spend more time at my farmer's market and use more seasonal items in my cooking.

I knew that Alice Waters in the pioneer of food to table movement but this class taught me so much more. She is so knowledgable and clearly food is clearly her passion as well as the earth. She has a genuine concern for people too. It was a wonderful class.

Alice Waters makes making Mayonnaise easy. Her philosophy is clear and her manner relaxing.

This was a wonderful class. It was a great education and it was so delightful to feel like Alice Waters was just spending time with you and teaching you one on one. I loved it and I'm sad it's over! Would love to see more of her on Master Class.


Denise C.

I love vegetables! I like the way Ms Alice made an entire meal using vegetable and rice. The meal looked sumptuous, I could almost taste it from looking at it. I can't wait to try.

Regina D.

Loving this and so inspired by every detail and how she explains everything.

A fellow student

If I'd only knew making Raitas was that simple. Thanks for enriching my life!


I really enjoyed watching her prepare this lunch. It is inspiring, motivates me to do more with different vegetables. I also appreciated how she explained why to steam, roast and use raw applications.

Vida D.

I am loving it so far. I haven't quite finished the lesson yet. Its definitely a lovely and inspiring way to meal plan and cook for my family. Can't wait to visit our farmers market soon!

A fellow student

That final plate made me smile so big. She is so passionate about her craft - I love it!


I was surprised to see that at 2:45, she scrapes out the squash seeds into her compost bucket. Any kind of squash seeds taste phenomenal when roasted with a little olive oil and salt!

I like this approach. Ensuring that you cook in-season to maximize flavor, nutrition and availability!


I am a recipe driven cook, this class has gotten me excited for the opening of my local farmer’s market. I love her tip about tasting as a way to evaluate a product. Also, I typically have a meal in mind when I hit the market. I am going to try it Alice’s way and think of the meal after I have come home with my market food.

A fellow student

I admit to being recipe driven.... guess its lack of confidence! This class really inspired me as I also love getting fresh organic vegetables that are "alive"