One way to enjoy a summer evening at home is to have an easy, stress-free seasonal meal planned. Even better if it’s a hit with the whole family! Grilled tri tip, sauteed fresh corn with red onion and basil, and marinated beans with garlic and herbs. My 10 yr old even said it was most of his favorite things on one plate. I call that a win!
On a day that started off calm, turned out to be a bit of a hectic one. All good stuff, just unplanned, normal daily life stuff. I was glad to look over at my meal calendar in the early afternoon and see that we had an easy dinner ahead and avoided a last minute take out order. It was easy enough to pull together in the early evening, enjoy a bottle of wine with my hubby and still have time to walk the puppy before dark. That’s my kind of evening after a busy day!
This meal is all things summer- backyard grill, make ahead (and even better that way!), minimal heat production in the kitchen, suitable for a weeknight dinner but also flavor-packed enough to impress your dinner guests or bring to a potluck. What’s not to like? The only thing that would have made this weeknight meal even better – a big slice of buttery herbed toasted garlic bread. There’s always next time…
*Grilled Pre-marinated Tri Tip
*Sauteed Corn with Red Onion and Basil
*Marinated Beans with Garlic and Herbs (see recipe below)
Marinated Beans with Garlic and Herbs
Perfect make-ahead, flavorful side to a grilled tri tip or chicken. It's easy to use any beans you have on hand- I used pinto here but white beans are also a family favorite. This dish is inspired by my sister in law who adds lots more parsley and goes heavy on the garlic. Either way, it's a hit and makes a terrific leftover. Here's your solution to that July 4th potluck dish you agreed to bring!
- 2-4 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 1 tbsp rosemary chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil lite is best, extra virgin works as well
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2- 15.5 ounce cans canned beans, pinto and white beans both work well rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
Add all ingredients, except the beans, to a bowl and whisk together. Add beans and gently combine. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but a few hours is best. If time allows, bring to room temperature and taste for seasoning before serving.
Note: If you're putting together a weeknight meal, prepare the beans first and they will be tasty to eat after you finish your other dishes.