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Garlic Marinated Vegetables In a Flash

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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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by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-34):
by Jess on Mar. 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

yum! Thanks for sharing! I love to roast or grill my veggies!

by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I love garlic!

by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Yum!  That sounds good!

Here is one of my favorite vegetable side dish recipes:

Grilled Veggies


½ cup red wine vinegar or cider vinegar

¼ cup olive or vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed

1 large red onion, sliced and separated into rings

1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch strips

1 large sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch strips


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first 6 ingredients; mix well.  Add vegetables and turn to coat.  Seal and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight, turning once.


Drain the reserve marinade.  Place vegetables in a grill basket or disposable foil pan with slits cut in the bottom.  Grill, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.  Turn, baste with reserved marinade.  Grill 5 to 8 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.


4-6 servings


by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM
I usually boil
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