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.
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.
- 2 small or 1 large zucchini
- 2 small or 1 large yellow summer squash
- 2 medium red onions
- 2 red bell peppers
- 12 cremini or baby portabella mushrooms, whole
- Seasoned salt
- Crushed red pepper flakes or other preferred seasonings
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- Step 1 Slice zucchini and summer squash length wise. Slice the red onions into large 1/4-inch rounds. Cut the red bell peppers into 1½- to 2-inch thick pieces (large enough not to fall through grill)
- Step 2 Rub the vegetables with a small amount of olive oil to prevent them from sticking on the grill.
- Step 3 Sprinkle with seasoned salt and red pepper flakes or your favorite seasonings. Adjust the amount to desired taste.
- Step 4 Grilling the veggies will only take a few minutes so you want your grill to be hot.
- Step 5 Add the veggies to the grill, cut side down. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Step 6 Flip the veggies over and grill another two to three minutes or until desired tenderness. Onions may take longer depending on thickness.
- Step 7 Your finished veggies should be tender and delicious!
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
- Soy sauce, lemon juice and minced garlic
- Basil and thyme
- Balsamic vinegar dressing & Dijon mustard
- Worcestershire sauce and garlic
- Brown sugar and chives
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.