Grilled vegetable recipes such as this vegetable medley are usually simple and quick to make and involve little more than chopping the vegetables, adding a sauce or herbs and grilling them. Grilled vegetable recipes are also very healthy and high in important nutrients and vitamins.
This vegetable medley recipe features zucchini, yellow squash and red bell pepper for a vibrant color contrast and thyme, sage and rosemary to enhance the flavor of the vegetables. This vegetable medley can be served alongside a grilled piece of meat or fish or even on its own. Marinating it overnight means the herby flavors are well infused into the vegetables.
Zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, squash and bell pepper combine in this recipe, as well as onions and garlic. The vegetables are also flavored with sage, thyme and rosemary, for a tasty and aromatic herb flavor. Once you have prepared the vegetables it is time to brush the garlic and herb oil over them.
This not only seals in the flavor and juices of the vegetables but also adds more flavor to the mix. If you want to swap the suggested herbs for other ones that is fine, and you might want to add spices too. Another idea is to swap the herbs for a rub mix, perhaps a Cajun or Italian rub. One of the great things about vegetables is they combine with any herbs or spices, and any cuisine. All cuisines feature vegetables so if there is a particular spice mix you want to use, know that it will work just fine.
Something else you might be wondering is whether you can switch the vegetables and of course that is possible too. Small changes like swapping the red bell pepper for green pepper would work, as would using mushrooms instead of broccoli for example. The only thing you need to bear in mind when swapping veggies is that some have a longer cooking time than others, depending on how dense they are, so if you are cooking something with a longer cooking time just add it to the barbeque earlier. If you want to use something very dense, like potatoes very example, parboil them first, which means simmering them in water for 15 minutes or until they are tender, and then put them on the grill with the other vegetables. Everything should be ready around the same time.
Marinating the vegetables before grilling them is what takes this from a standard recipe to a gourmet one. The herbs add a subtle touch to the flavor which you will love. Serve these with your favorite meat, poultry or fish, and enjoy the knowledge you are eating something so healthy as well as delicious. Grilled vegetables are something nearly every home grill maestro will try at some time or another, and if you are already at the grill cooking your burgers, chicken or steak, you might as well also cook your side dishes on there, and this certainly makes a fantastic side dish. Any leftovers would be nice served on a salad the following day.
- 2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
- 2 eggplants, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 4 red onions, in ½ inch thick slices
- 2 yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 yellow bell pepper, quartered and de-seeded
- 1 red bell pepper, quartered and de-seeded
- Salt and black pepper
- Mix the garlic, olive oil, rosemary, sage and thyme together and brush this mixture over the vegetables in a baking pan.
- Leave them to marinate for 2 to 10 hours, and then grill them directly over a moderately hot grill.
- Season with the salt and pepper.
- Grill for 4 minutes per side or until tender.
- Grill until tender.
These vegetables not only offer vitamins and minerals, but also a lot of amazing flavor. Marinating them before putting them on the barbeque ensures the flavor will be amazing, and do not worry about them not coming out juicy because there is no way these can be anything but super-juicy. The colorful impact these offer means they make a fantastic side dish and they go with absolutely anything. So if you are looking for a way to ensure you get your five-a-day of fruits and veggies, consider making this lovely dish because you will certainly not regret it.
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