Take advantage of the already fired-up oven or grill and roast some vegetables alongside of -- or even right in the pan with -- the meat. The key with roasted vegetables is to cut the pieces into similar sizes. Use just one favorite vegetable or a medley of what's seasonal and available. Some good options for roasting include:
- sweet potatoes
- Brussels sprouts
Polenta's simple base can be elevated by the addition of Parmesan cheese, paprika or fresh herbs like sage and thyme.