Move Over Meat: Grill Some Delicious Veggies This Summer!

The old stand-by for grilling has always been meat; lamb, pork, beef, chicken. Ground or whole. Plain or seasoned. What about vegetables? These all-natural, delicious fruits of the earth are wonderful additions to your summer grill menu. Here are some tips to remember when putting together your grill shopping list this summer.

What vegetables do best on the grill?

Really any vegetable can be grilled. Feel free to use a grill basket (like this one found on Amazon) for green beans and other vegetables that would fall through a grill grate.

How do I prepare vegetables for the grill?

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It is best to marinate them to keep them from sticking to the grill. It also gives fresh vegetables a burst of flavor and tenderness. Add some fresh herbs for an additional kick. Try this recipe: ½ c. each olive oil, soy sauce, and lemon juice with ½ clove of garlic, crushed. Pour this marinade over your veggies and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Smaller veggies, such as cherry tomatoes or onions, do better on a kebab. Pair with steak tips for an all-around treat.
Can I cook starches on the grill too?

Absolutely! A great way to prepare potatoes on the grill is to layer thin sliced potatoes with butter pats, cheese, garlic, and salt & pepper on heavy duty foil. Seal the foil to make a packet. Cook the packet on the top rack of your grill for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Corn is great for the grill as well, and even comes in its own wrapper! Trim dead leaves and all silk off each ear (these are a fire hazard) and place directly on the grill. Turn to cook evenly. Corn is especially good with a little char.

With a little creativity and a great marinade, you can have some delicious sides on your grill this summer. Visit your local Farmer’s Market to pick up some fresh, organic veggies to cook for your guests.


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