How to Marinate Vegetables
Karen Knowler demonstrates the recipe for making marinated vegetables, which are a great alternative to salads and steamed vegetables.
Karen starts off with the ingredients and leek is the first to go. The leek is cut into thin rings and really goes well in the marinated vegetables recipe. Karen stresses the use of organically grown vegetables.
The leek rings are put in a large bowl and the rings are pushed through the centre to separate them. up next is the broccoli, which are cut into small pieces of its florets. The small pieces actually absorb the marinade well and aren’t too much of a mouthful when it is eaten. The marinated vegetables, says Karen are great because unlike salads they don’t get soggy or bad when kept in the refrigerator.
The zucchini is the next ingredient and is also chopped into thin slices. Thin and small pieces absorb the oil well so it is important to keep the pieces small and thin. Tomatoes are also added, cut into thin rings and bell peppers and cauliflowers also do well in marinate vegetables. The hard ends of the tomatoes don’t go in and are to be discarded.
After all the ingredients go into the bowl the mix is tossed around merrily with hands so that it is nice and even and the colors of the tomatoes and the green show off well. The next step is to marinate them. The olive oil is the basic marinating ingredient and is splashed on the vegetable mix in the bowl thoroughly. The mix is once again tossed nicely with hands. It also gives one the idea if more oil is needed. The next ingredient is the lemon juice. The lemon juice helps the vegetables o absorb the oil and also gives it a tangy taste. Apple cider vinegar does well too instead of lemon juice.
The marinated vegetables can be topped off and garnished with fresh/dried herbs or even curry powder. The veggies are left to sit fro a few hours so that the oil really gets absorbed. It can be refrigerated and used over the next 1-2 days too. Marinated vegetables are great as a side dish or as main dish on its own with a nice creamy topping or dressing.
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