Saturday, March 26, 2011

Recipe: Balsamic Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Well, it's official... the grill has emerged!  Due to the tremendous amount of snow we got this year (that has only recently melted away I might add) we haven't been able to grill at least since December.  But now that we can actually get to the darn thing, we have a freezer chock full of Omahas Steaks stuff that is just begging to see the fire.  While meat is nice and all, I am trying to eat better these days, so when hubbie wielded his grilling tongs for the first time last weekend, I decided to have him make us something healthy in the grill stir fry basket.  Here's the recipe I came up with:

Balsamic Marinated Grilled Vegetables

1 bell pepper, cut into 1x1 inch pieces (this time I used a bunch of different mini bell peppers)
1 head of broccoli, split up into bite sized pieces
1 onion, cut into 1x1 inch pieces
2 baby zucchini or summer squash, cut in half then cut into 1 inch pieces
1 container button mushrooms, large ones cut in half, small ones left whole
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Basically all you have to do is cut up your veggies as specified, throw them into a large resealable bag along with the olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper and then let them sit in the bag to marinate for about an hour.  I tend to just flip the bag over every once and awhile to redistribute the marinade so all the veggies get an adequate coating.  You can let them sit for less time if you don't want to wait the whole hour.  Just tonight I think they only got about 15 minutes before hitting the fire and they tasted great.  We have a grill basket and once the grill is all heated up my hubbie then just dumps the contents of the bag into the basket and cooks the veggies on the side of the grill where there is no flame until they are tender.

Voila!  A really easy and healthy side dish :-)


Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

YUM! I'm following you since I found you through Ravelry. Like all your postings and can keep up with them through friends on rav blogs. Nice to meet you!

jjphotoFTW said...

Thanks so much Nancy! I just found your blog and will be checking it out as well. Glad to meet you as well. Always nice to get to know another fellow raveler :)