This is an excellent, family-friendly, all-purpose marinade. It contains no weird or icky spices to gross out your kids, and can be used with practically anything you might want to cook: chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish or vegetables.
1/4 cup lemon juice, (the juice of one large lemon)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3 garlic cloves, squished
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped dill, or basil (or some of each)
strips lemon zest, (from lemon, above)
First, with a sharp knife, peel the zest from the lemon in several strips. Make sure you remove the yellow part only - this is where the flavour is. Set aside. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, salt, garlic, parsley, and basil or dill. Toss in the lemon zest.
Add the meat or vegetables. Let meats marinate for at least one hour, or overnight. Fish and vegetables won’t need more than about an hour.
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