Dinner For Two: Mixed Grill for two

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What are your weekend plans?

If you’re like me, the first thing on your list is a trip to the farmer’s market.  The bright colors of our farmer’s market right now are pulling me in.

If you’re even more like me, you over-buy.  I buy more vegetables than two people can eat.  I just can’t help it—I must have every color of squash, pepper, and onion!  I also must buy radishes because who knows how much longer their season will last?  Last week, I came home with 2 huge bags of vegetables.  I got to work right away.

First, I made a quick marinade with balsamic, olive oil, and Italian seasoning.  (If you need a good homemade Italian seasoning recipe, try Paula’s).  Then, I got to chopping.  I sliced 2 colors of squash, 1 pepper and a small bunch of radishes and scallions.  I placed the veggies in one bag, the meat in another, and went to inform the Mr. that it was grill time.


This isn’t really a recipe, more of a guideline for how to grill for two.  I’ll give you a suggestion on the amount of vegetables, but the protein and bed of grains is up to you.  We went with chicken and quinoa.  I could easily see next weekend being steak and farro.  Or chickpeas and bulgur.

I hope y’all have fun coming up with mixed grills for two.  The goal is to get you and your sweetheart out on the deck, grilling and sipping boozy sweet tea.  Enjoy summer, y’all!

Mixed Grill for two
  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1½ cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 small squash, any color
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 small bunch radishes
  • 1 small bunch scallions
Optional for serving: extra olive oil, sundried tomatoes, chopped olives, Parmesan cheese, etc.
  1. Preheat the grill to 350, or medium.
  2. Meanwhile, place the quinoa and chicken broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes or so, until the grains unfurl and most of the water is absorbed. Depending on the size of the saucepan, you might have to let it cook for a few minutes with the lid off at the end to absorb the excess broth. Remove from heat and keep covered.
  3. Next, have ready 2 plastic bags or 2 large dishes. Place the chicken breasts in one bag, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wash your hands.
  4. Make the marinade: combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and Italian seasoning.
  5. Pour half the marinade on the chicken and toss very well to coat.
  6. Finally, chop up the vegetables. Slice the squash in half lengthwise, slice the pepper into large strips, halve the radishes, and trim the ends off the scallions. Place all the vegetables in the bag and pour the remaining marinade on top. Stir to coat.
  7. When the grill is hot (you can hold your hand about 6" above the surface for 3-5 seconds), add all the vegetables except the scallions. Add the chicken to the opposite side of the grill.
  8. Cook everything for 6-7 minutes per side. Add the scallions after the first flip--they burn easily.
  9. Test the chicken for doneness, it should be firm to the touch and above 165-degrees internally.
  10. To serve, divide the hot quinoa between 2 plates. Top with sliced chicken and vegetables. Enjoy!


  1. says

    Delicious. Absolutely delicious. Makes me crave sunshine and a patio to eat lovely food on. Instead I’m stuck with an overgrown garden and the soggiest British summer I can remember.

  2. says

    I haven’t been to the Farmers Market in forever. I’m adding that to my list of things to do this summer. We have been grilling sweet red, orange, and yellow peppers like crazy lately – so yummy. I did plant a garden and we’ve been eating the spinach. I can’t wait for more veggies!
    Have a great weekend :)

  3. says

    I love everything about this. We grill so often in the summer but this summer has been so busy so far we haven’t gotten to do it as much. Must change that!

  4. says

    I plan on bering veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery very lazy this weekend and finish season 5 of breaking bad haha. As you can see I’m quite productive ;) Love this mixed grill! Totally the kind of food we love to eat!

  5. says

    Your farmer’s market tactic sounds familar! I go with 3 things on my “list” and come back with 23 instead. It’s true: who knows what will be around next week?? You gotta get in while the gettin’s good :-) What a feast!

  6. says

    Wonderful post, Christina! I am like you…wanting to buy up everything beautiful and colorful in sight! In fact, The Big Lug doesn’t like to bring me along on his runs to even Whole Foods. (He says I bog him down, LOL! He’s always a man on a mission with a list and I get lost in displays.) Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions, too. Perfect for me and hubby. Have a happy and safe Independence Day and long holiday weekend! xoxo P.S. Sorry I missed you last week. Having laptop keyboard complications of late and need a new one…soon. I still feel so behind! ;)


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