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Early spring is my favorite time of year to hit my local farmer's market. The air is fresh, the sun is out, and everyone just seems to have a spring in his or her steps. But it's also the time of year when veggies like zucchinis, spring peas, cauliflower and more are at their peak.
But just the pure beauty of these vegetables is not enough to get my family to eat them. I have to make sure they are as flavorful as possible. That's why I've started marinating my veggies before baking or sautéing them.
I use my handy garlic press to quick chop garlic cloves to add to my mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. In no time flat I have a nice marinade. Sometimes I will even use a bit of Dijon mustard for an added kick.
For a quick seal of flavor, I put the veggies into a freezer bag and pour the marinade over them. I toss it all together and let it sit for an hour before cooking. And there you have it, delicious veggies fit for the entire family.
Moms, what are your favorite ways to cook an easy and fast veggie side?
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