Steamed Vegetable Platter

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Dressing:

6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

2 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Vegetables

12 string beans, trimmed

2 medium carrots, trimmed, peeled and cut into inch rounds

2 cups cauliflower florets

2 ears corn, husked and cut in half

2 small yellow squash, trimmed and cut into inch rounds (I like to use spaghetti squash but any squash will do nicely

2 medium zucchini, trimmed and cut into inch rounds

2 cups broccoli florets

2 tsp. Spike Seasoning.... (I have never been able to find this stuff...I use 1 tsp. Montreal Steak spice or any good BBQ spice)

2 slices low fat cheddar cheese

1 tsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Even though it is listed under side dishes, this is my favorite dinner. It is comfort food, plain and simple.  It comes from Rosie Daley's* (Oprah Winfrey's personal chef and the lady she credits with her lean new look) book.  I would copy more of her recipes into this book, but I believe that every kitchen should buy Rosie's book for itself.  As a matter of fact, they should build kitchens with this book already in the cupboards 

Serve this one with a simple bowl of rice and you have a feast fit for any occasion (or non-occasion).

Serves:  4 - 6

Serve With:  Any fish or Poultry or all on its own with a bowl or rice.

*"In the Kitchen with Rosie" by Rosie Daley

Put all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisk to blend, and set aside.

Bring water to a boil over high heat in a steamer.  Fit the basket into the steamer and put in the string beans, carrots, and cauliflower.  Cover and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the corn, yellow squash, zucchini and broccoli.  Re-cover and cook for 2 minutes more.

Transfer the vegetables to a warm platter.  Arrange the corn around the outer edge of the platter and dust it with the Spike seasoning.  Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables in the center and top with the cheddar and Parmesan cheese. 

Cover briefly with aluminum foil before serving to help melt the cheese.