Sorry I’ve been MIA for a week or so. It’s been busy around here. Had a couple of interviews (fingers and toes crossed, but not being too hopeful) and last weekend we had some friends over to help us take down the shed. Super grateful for their generosity since it was truly a terrible and difficult job.
Summer is always a time of no-recipe meals around here. (Shush to those of you who are wondering how that’s any different than normal!) One quick no-recipe dish we lovingly call marinated veg. It’s perfect for when you get home from the farmer’s market or are unsure of how you are going to use yet more zucchini from the garden. Make a little extra dressing and the Veg. can be added to cooked pasta or grains for a simple salad. Below is the no-recipe’s recipe. Enjoy!
Summertime Marinated Veg.
1 shallow pan-full (2-3 cups) of any combination of the following:
Green beans, whole
Zucchini/summer squash, sliced
Other on-hand veggies
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 recipe red-wine vinaigrette (see below)
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Heat the olive oil in the pan. Add the vegetables that will take longest to cook, the carrots and beets. Allow to cook over medium to medium-high heat for a few minutes without stirring so that the natural sugars begin to caramelize. Once there is a bit of browning (not burning), stir the mixture and add the remaining vegetables. Reduce the heat a bit, placing a lid over the pan. Stir ever couple of minutes until the veggies are at a desired doneness. Add the veggies to the vinaigrette while still warm, coating them thoroughly. Allow to marinate for several minutes, stir in the parsley, and serve.
¼ cup red-wine vinegar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon prepared mustard
½ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon sugar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil**
Whisk together all of the ingredients except the olive oil. Slowly stream in the oil while continuing to whisk so that you create an emulsion.
**Omit some or all of the olive oil if you are making the vinaigrette for marinated veg since there is already oil on the vegetables.