Italian Veggie Medley

Cover recipe- Vegetarian Times, Italian Veggie Medley: March 2011

The cover of this month’s Vegetarian Times magazine covers easy eatsno fuss weeknight grilling (inspired 30-minute meals).  The article within shares “grilling for two” recipes.  I loved seeing this, as recipes for two are sometimes tough to find.  I think the magazine’s intention is for readers to use a panini grill or a George Foreman sort- something that can close and grill both sides at once.  I don’t own one of those, so I used a stovetop grill instead.

The recipe featured on the cover is Italian Veggie Medley, which they suggest serving over pasta or steamed wheat berries.  They also suggest tucking the grilled veggies into a sandwich with provolone cheese.  Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe…

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Italian Veggie Medley

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 tomato, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 small zucchini (4 ounces), halved and cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
4 ounces fresh asparagus spears, trimmed & halved crosswise
4 oil-packed artichoke hearts, drained & halved (1/2 cup), plus 1 tsp. oil from jar
1/2 small onion, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 jarred roasted red pepper, drained & cut into strips (1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Spread on grill, close, and cook on medium-high heat 10 minutes, or until vegetables are browned. Drizzle with pan juices, if desired.

Tips:

*I've never had wheat berries before, but since the photograph clearly showed that the vegetables were served over wheat berries, I decided to give them a shot.  First of all, they were hard to find.  My local health food store had them in bulk bins.  I couldn't find them at any regular markets.  I soaked my wheat berries overnight, drained them and then boiled them in water (about 40 minutes), until they were tender (then drained them again).  It was kind of a pain- as you really have to think ahead if you want to make them- but I did think they were rather delicious.
*The vegetables cook at different rates, so I'd suggest cooking asparagus, zucchini and onion first, then finish the rest.
*I love the flavor of grilled red bell peppers, so I think I'd rather use those next time than the limpy already roasted jarred bell peppers.
*I'd suggest adding a couple of teaspoons of oil from the jar of marinated artichoke hearts (instead of just one).
*Definitely drizzle juices from the bowl onto the roasted veggies.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 2 cups
Calories per serving: 104
Fat per serving: 7g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sugar per serving: 6g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">305g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Protein per serving: 4g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 16g

Source: Vegetarian Times, March 2011

The results:

This recipe makes for a great lunch- served over the wheatberries (not included in the nutritional info).  I really love the idea of tucking these veggies into a panini with melted Provolone.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Sure.  I’m not so big on eating something like this for dinner (which is what they were sharing… weeknight dinner ideas), but it’s a good one for lunch.

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.

10 Responses to “White Pizza with Broccoli and Mushrooms”

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — April 6, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    I can’t wait to try this one. We have lots of broccoli growing in our garden and I bought some mushrooms because they were on sale. Maybe tonight!

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    teresacooks — April 6, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Wow, your picture makes me want to try this recipe – it’s better than theirs. I get the magazine and rarely cook out of it. I make pizza all the time with artisan bread in five dough. . . I’ll try this on Friday. Thanks!

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    Phoo-d — April 6, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    I love this magazine! I’ve been buying it off the shelf for the past three months and have made so many delicious recipes from it that I really need to get a subscription. (The food styling is beautiful too.) This pizza looks like a wonderfully healthy alternative to our typical pepperoni and mozzerella.

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    julia — April 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    2 our of the 3 veggies my husband will eat: mushrooms and broccoli. And of course we like pizza! Yum, looks great!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 7, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    I made this recipe, too… and we loved it! Great choice.

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    Valen — April 8, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks so delicious! And healthy too!

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    Carol Engstrom — April 8, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    This veggie recipe looks super good and healthy too! I definitely want to try this.

    Great picture!

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    Sue — April 10, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    That looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing *Ü*

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    LilSis — April 20, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love a good white pizza with veggies!

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    Amanda — August 24, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    I made this and it was yummy, but next time I think I will saute the garlic first. With the recipe it just sort of floats around in the sauce and doesn’t get cooked. Love the blog!!

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