Italian Roasted Veggies & Grilled Polenta

Dreaming of this meal I made weeks ago and planning when to make it again

Italian Roasted Veggies & Grilled Polenta

Think Olive Oil, Garlic and Rosemary

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Meal prepping is always a good idea.  Especially when the days are busy and everyone comes home hungry, having some vegetables, grains and meat ready to heat up is the easiest and fastest way to get dinner on the table.

Unfortunately, I’ve been under the weather this week so I haven’t been cooking much at all.  But I still have an appetite so as I was looking through my camera roll for inspiration, I came across this bowl I had made using all the roasted veggies and grilled polenta I meal prepped with my Mother-in-law when she was visiting a few months back.

My mother-in-law is a great cook and grew up in Italy so think olive oil, garlic and rosemary!  The house smelled amazing as we roasted lots of vegetables and grilled polenta.  And I had veggies and polenta at the ready for days!  At least I know what I want to make soon!

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ALL the veggies Italian Style

All these veggies were meal prepped with my Mother-in-law who grew up in Italy so think olive oil, garlic and rosemary! We prepped a huge batch and then ate if for the week.
Course: Dinner, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • Asparagus one bunch, rinsed, ends trimmed
  • 1 can chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 1 package pre-cut cauliflower or 1 cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 package pre-cut yellow squash and zucchini or 1 yellow squash & 1 zucchini rinsed and sliced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lots! (probably 4-5 tbsp)
  • 1 bunch of fresh rosemary
  • 6-7 Garlic cloves some sliced, some minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan cheese a few spoonfuls for asparagus (optional)


  • 1 or 2 cups prepared according to package



  • All the vegetables were placed individually in a single layer on baking sheets and roasted at 400 degrees for varying times and with the following seasoning (feel free to adjust to taste):
  • Squash and Zucchini - Toss in olive oil, garlic slices and rosemary; Roast for 25 minutes
  • Asparagus - Toss in olive oil and sprinkled with parmesan cheese; Roast for 20 minutes or until just getting crispy. My asparagus were particularly thin. Thicker asparagus will take longer, up to 45 minutes.
  • Cauliflower - Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt; Roast 20 minutes
  • Chickpeas- Toss in olive oil & rosemary, sprinkle with kosher salt; Roast 15 minutes


  • Prepare polenta according to package. Once cooled, slice into varying shapes, spray an indoor grill pan with olive oil and grill until the outside is crispy, approximately 10 minutes each side
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