Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Let me start this post off with a funny and TMI question. And if you’re not a woman, please feel free to browse past this paragraph. How do you put on your bras?? I’ve been having really bad shoulder problems (rotation issue) and when I could no longer put on my bra like before, I took action and got a referral to PT. That’s when I started talking to other women that I found out…it’s hard for a lot of people to put on their bras that way? I thread my arms through and reach my arms to my back to put on the clasp. I learned that a few of you clasp it up front, then turn the bra to the back and then put on the straps? How many of you do this?? Just genuinely curious.

Anyway, so yes. I have now completed 2 weeks of PT. Two more to go and I gotta say, this week really showed me how effective it has been. I haven’t realized how my shoulders have really been holding me back and making me feel miserable. I mean, when I sit still, my shoulders don’t ache but movement is super inhibited by the pain. I feel like I got a burst of energy back this week and I know my shoulders are so much better and looser than before. So right now, I can’t speak highly enough about PT and its benefits. If you have body aches that are bothering you, please consider doing PT if that’s an option. You’re worth it!

Okay, here’s another recipe that I found online. I needed another way to eat broccoli, getting tired of the two ways I eat it. Well, I’ve always liked balsamic veggies in the restaurants so I gave this a try. It was great! I love it. I also decided to add zucchini and green beans to the party. Thank god for our farmers market at work, I really hope they continue to come during the summer time.

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables


Broccoli (I buy the ready to use bags from Sam’s Club or Costco)
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 bunch of green beans, cleaned with the ends cut off, chopped

Balsamic Marinade
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried basil
freshly cracked black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, dried basil, and pepper. Set the marinade aside.

Lay out vegetables onto a baking sheet (single layer if able), drizzle marinade all over the vegetables.

Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven, give the vegetables a good stir, then return them to the oven and roast for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and have browned on the edges. Don’t be alarmed if the marinade blackens on the baking sheet, that part will not be scooped up with the vegetables.

Recipe Credit: Budget Bytes

10 responses to “Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

  1. jalna

    Okay, so we ARE definitely twins. I just finished 8 sessions of PT for my hip. It was my first experience with a therapist and, like you, would highly recommend. BTW, I was taught to clasp in front.

    • Jenny

      How are your hips doing?? I’m assuming much better since you are highly recommending it too! I say if you have insurance, just go for the PT. No live in pain! And they work with you and don’t force you to overexert. Let the professionals help!

      And omg! Another vote for clasping up front! Hmmm….am I doing it wrong???

      • jalna

        It’s my right hip, and it’s doing much better although climbing stairs is still a problem. The best thing about doing the exercises is that my core feels much stronger now. I’m less clumsy and my chronic backache is diminished. And yes, front clasping is the way to go!!

  2. vickinags

    I hook up in front and then turn to back (OMG, why does this sound naughty hehehe). I’ve had frozen should and pinched nerve. Yes, PT taught me some stretches so whenever I feel the twinge, I do some and the twinge goes away!

    this recipe sounds like it would be good for brussel sprouts too! and cauliflower! I’ve been trying not to buy any costco size bags because unless I’m going to a pot luck, end up with a lot of waste. Even if the open markets seem pricey, it’s cheaper than tossing half a bag of stuff!

    • Jenny

      Hahaha too funny! I just finished my 4 weeks of PT and they are suggesting I continue. I told them I’d like to but once a week because the co-pays are no joke. I am broke already. 🙁 But I need to be consistent doing the stretches when I’m home!

      Yes! I think this would work with brussel sprouts and cauliflower! Wow your comment just reminded me I have those veggies and I haven’t cooked them and now I am going on a trip and it will go to waste…but you’re right. Broccoli I will buy in bulk but everything else I prefer to buy smaller quantities at farmers markets!

  3. kat

    arms through straps then hook back, had hard time when my shoulder was sore but now can again. at the time my PT said had to do with my posture

  4. No need wear bra, lol!

    Thanks for the recipe. I really have to eat more veggies and this one looks easy.

    • Jenny

      Hahaha I tell you what Aunty, I don’t wear bra if I don’t have to. Give it a try! My friend did and her family enjoyed!

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