Sauteed vegetables are one of the the most classic of vegetable side dishes and quite nutritious. The quick and easy Italian seasoned vegetables recipe can make a simple rotisserie chicken into a great low carb meal. Carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper, broccoli and onion all taste better together!
Sauteed Vegetables Make It a Meal
So many of us are trying to focus on serving nutritious family dinners each evening, but are incredibly strapped for time. In our house, I have been trying to make sure our meals are nutrient dense and something both my fussy daughter and I will eat. Sometimes my solution is a mix of ready made items, like a rotisserie chicken along with a quick batch of sautéed vegetables. That is exactly what is on our dinner menu tonight.
While we stuck with the chicken and sautéed veggies, a nice green salad with a Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing would be a great addition. Maybe start some Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes before going shopping. They are a family favorite.
Quick Side Dish
When I can get a nutritious meal on the table with such speed and ease, it leaves me more precious time to pay attention and enjoy my daughter. I don't feel rushed and we can fit in a small fun activity, instead of mom being busy in the kitchen. No matter why you need dinner to come together fast, this easy vegetable stir fry recipe is a great way get it done.
How to Saute Vegetables
This quick and easy fresh vegetable sauté is a delicious side for a rotisserie chicken, grilled meats or even drive-thru burgers (instead of fries). No time to cut up veggies, no worries, just swap in frozen.
Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 10 mins | Total time 15 mins
What you need for ingredients:
I used roughly equal parts of these fresh vegetables to sauté:
- broccoli florets Make sure you have small florets, big pieces will not result in tender broccoli.
- zucchini, sliced
- carrots, thinly sliced
- sweet bell peppers, sliced into bite-sized pieces
- a small onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 2 tablespoons butter
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
Minced garlic or mushrooms are also great addition. Cauliflower can be used, treat it as you do the broccoli.
Start with 2 tablespoons of butter or olive oil in a large skillet pan over medium high heat.
Add chopped onion, mixed vegetables and Italian seasoning. Stir to coat with the oil or butter. If you are adding garlic, do so now as well.
Stir frequently, cooking veggies until tender, yet still have a little crispness. Add another tablespoon of butter or olive oil at this point and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve and enjoy!
Sautéed Vegetable Swaps
While there is a good mix of sauteed veggies in this recipe, you are not limited to what appears here. Be mindful of how quickly a veggie cooks and adjust cut size relative to the other selections you have made.
Fresh green beans, yellow squash and asparagus can all be swapped into this sautéed vegetables recipe without adjustment. Mushrooms can also be used, but add them in the final few minutes of cooking. See my asparagus sauté with mushrooms.
You can even add some fresh tomatoes and basil toward the end of cooking if you want to zing things up.
Get some Asian flair in your sauteed vegetable medley with bok choy or snow peas. They work well in this recipe. Of course, you could add a little stir fry sauce instead of the Italian seasoning.
Meatless Meal in a Snap
Toss leftover veggies with some pasta and top with Parmesan cheese or a splash of soy sauce to make a veggie pasta dinner.
Add a little vegetable broth with cornstarch whisked in while cooking your vegetables and serve over steamed rice for another easy meatless meal option.
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil divided (or 3 tbs butter)
- 1 cup carrots thinly sliced
- 1 - 1 ½ cups broccoli florets
- 1- 1 ½ cups zucchini sliced and halved
- 1 cup red bell peppers cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 small onion chopped
- ½ tsp. dried Italian seasoning
- Sea Salt and Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Melt 2 tablespoons spread or butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sauté vegetables, onion and Italian seasoning, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp and tender, about 8 minutes.
- Top with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter (or spread).