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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Grilled Vegetable Platter

Balsamic Grilled Veggies over White Beans

Today's Tidbit:  The Grilled Vegetable Platter.  Many restaurants list this on their menus; it can be gorgeous, delicious & costly, but don't be fooled, it isn't hard to make!  Simply buy some of your favorite Vegetables, marinate them in your favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette and then grill them!  Simply check them every couple minutes and flip them over when they start to show the tell tale brown grill marks and have become tender.  

I used Eggplant, Zucchini, Red Bell Peppers, Red Onions and Spinach and served it all on a bed of Balsamic Vinegar soaked White Cannellini Beans to inject some extra Protein into this stand alone dish.  But tasty Grilled Veggies can also be served as a side dish or salad to complement almost any meal.  And it isn't just meant for the summer months only, a simple cast iron Grill Pan can be used in the comfort of your own kitchen (that is how I made mine!)  Don't underestimate the Cast Iron Grill: it is able to impart the dark deep grill marks and infuse a smoky flavor that we love from our outdoor Grills.

Look here if you need some further visual inspiration to try this out, the possibilities are endless!

Balsamic Vinegar soaked White Cannellini Beans
Balsamic Grilled Veggies over White Beans

The Story of What Amy Ate Today:
Last year I created the What Amy Ate Today blog to share my personal story of losing over 40 pounds by making simple healthy changes to the way I was eating.  I wanted to show the real life picture of what my daily food choices looked like by simply posting every single thing that I ate every single day; which I did for 9 straight months!   

It all started on May 1, 2012, check out a sample post here:  

One Day Last June....

I wanted to show that it is possible to lose weight and be healthy without being on a diet and without starving or depriving yourself of anything.  I make healthy choices whenever I can, but I am a normal person living a real life and I want to enjoy it, so I indulge in special treats regularly too.   
It has been a great journey for me, further motivating me to seek out new foods, new recipes and new ways to prepare and eat more healthily and get more Vitamins and Nutrients (and Energy!)  into my day.   I look forward to continuing this journey by highlighting special recipes, new foods and/ or preparations that I discover or create, alongside any helpful Health information or news that I come across through the above "Today's Tidbit".  Thanks for joining me on my journey to better health and better living!

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