Delicious Grilled Veggies are a big favorite at the Chefs kitchen table. We love them, not only for their great taste but also because of all the healthy vitamins and minerals that they give our body and mind to work with.
As summer approaches and you break out the grill, your diet can take a beating with too many high-fat foods. One of the easiest and definitely the most delicious ways to eat healthy is by grilling veggies.
From asparagus to zucchini, you can cook many vegetables on the grill. The best options have fewer juices such as eggplant, onions, peppers, corn, asparagus, squash, carrots, and mushrooms. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy other grilled vegetables.
Grilled vegetables are anything but boring. They can be grilled with little or no seasoning, which is great if you have special dietary needs. You can also marinade them, if you want a big bold flavor, or add a smoky flavor by grilling them with a steak over your favorite wood chips.
- 2 small or 1 large zucchini
- 2 small or 1 large yellow summer squash
- 2 medium red onions
- 4 ripe tomatoes
- Sea salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- Slice zucchini into 1 inch thick rounds
- Slice the red onions into large wedges
- Core and seed the yellow bell pepper, cut into squares
- Slice the tomatoes into wedges
- Rub the vegetables with a small amount of olive oil to prevent them from sticking on the grill. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes or your favorite seasonings. Adjust the amount to desired taste.
- Grilling the veggies will only a few minutes so you want your grill to be hot.
- Add the veggies to the grill, cut side down. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Flip the veggies over and grill another two to three minutes or until desired tenderness. Onions may take longer depending on thickness.
- Your finished veggies should be tender and delicious!
Since vegetables can be cooked directly on the grill, placed on skewers, or wrapped in foil, there is no reason to leave these healthy side dishes off your grilling menu.
Chefs Tip: Experiment with your favorite seasonings, sauces, and herbs to find your preferred winning combination. Here are some you may want to try.
• Lemon juice and grated ginger
• Hot pepper sauce & a splash of lime juice
• Rosemary and minced garlic
• Bacon crumbles and chili powder
• Basil and thyme
• Balsamic vinegar dressing & Dijon mustard
Save the leftover veggies to use in soups, stews or omelets. Because they’re pre-cooked, wait to add them until the last few minutes of cooking so they warm up but not overcook.
Another idea is to cut carrots and zucchini into planks and grill them, then add them to your burger along with tomatoes, onion etc. It makes a great tasting burger. Just remember to add Delicious Grilled Veggies the next time your grilling.
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