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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Clay County)
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Jasper County)
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Recipe of the Month

Grilled Vegetables

Servings: 6


10 cherry tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes, sliced

1 large sweet onion, sliced

2 large sweet peppers (green, red or yellow) cut in chunks

½ cup vinegar

¼ cup cooking oil

1 clove garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

½ tsp. dried basil

½ tsp. thyme

- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Rinse vegetables and prepare for marinade.

2. In a large plastic bag or plastic container combine vinegar, oil, garlic, basil, and thyme.

3. Add vegetables and mix well to coat vegetables.

4. Seal bag or container and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

5. Drain vegetables and save marinate.

6. Vegetables can be grilled in a grilling basket, on skewers, or wrapped in foil. Keep vegetables about 4-6 inches from the heat source. Keep vegetables from extreme high temperatures.

7. Add more marinate to vegetables as they cook.

8. Cook about 5 minutes and turn vegetables.

9. Cook 5 minutes longer or until the vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving) - Calories 120 ~ fat 10 g ~ calories from fat 82 ~ sodium 6 mg ~ total carbohydrate 8 g ~ fiber 2 >

Questions? Contact Jo Stine, Community Worker, SNAP-Ed at

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