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Summer Vegetable Medley

I love summer for the wide variety of fresh vegetables that are available locally.  Are you a vegetable lover, or do you turn your nose up at vegetables?  Do you need to bribe your family to eat vegetables?  Summer is a great time of year to work on turning your reluctant vegetable eaters into vegetable fans.

Summer Vegetables
This summer vegetable medley is a winner at my house.  I think it is because it mixes the freshest seasonal vegetables with delicious aromatic vegetables and herbs.  The combination is hard to resist. 

You can use any vegetable that is fresh and lovely in this dish.  That's the fun of it.  Make it over and over again swapping in and out vegetables and your family will never get bored with it.

Ingredients for a Summer Vegetable Medley

Summer Vegetable Medley
Serves 4
  • 2 yellow summer squash
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 pound button mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, optional


Wash and cut your vegetables into chunks and slices, however you like them.  Place them attractively on a platter and set aside.  Watch your family walk by and pick at the platter.  Smile.

Prepare the Vegetables
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add the peppers and onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes without stirring. Let your mushrooms get a little brown. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Cook the Aromatic Vegetables

Move your aromatic vegetables to one side of the pan and add the squash and sugar snap peas.  Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the Squash and Sugar Snap Peas

Add more salt and pepper to taste and about half of the chopped basil and parsley.  Remove from the heat when the vegetables are tender, but still crisp.  Sprinkle the remaining parsley and basil over the vegetables.  Grate little grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Enjoy Your Summer Vegetable Medley

Serve and enjoy.  This is the perfect summer vegetable side dish.

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