Don’t Let Your Meat be Lonely- Grill the Rainbow

Authors: Rachel Kwan, Katy Bowen, Andie Gonzalez, Kate Hilliard, Carol Ireton-Jones, Corina Myatt, Christina Saliba, Celina Paras.

Firing the grill this summer and want to get out of that hamburger rut? Wow your friends and family by taking vegetables and fruits on the grill using these practical tips:

Go with the seasons– pop into the store and pick produce in season. Most vegetables are suitable for grilling. Try with Portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, broccoli, and asparagus. Fruits are perfect for the grill, too. Ideal grilling fruits are firm and barely ripe such as peaches, watermelon, pineapple, and apples.

Spice them up- grilling enhances flavor in a simple way. For vegetables, all you need is to coat them with a healthy fat such as olive oil and add some salt and pepper. If you are feeling a little more adventurous add herbs and spices- rosemary, parsley, garlic powder and cilantro pair well with many vegetables. Fruits can be grilled as is, and served as dessert. Grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits enhancing their natural sweetness.

Keep it Simple- try gilling a batch of vegetables and enjoy them throughout the week on a salads, as a side dish or snack. Grilling is a cooking method that requires minimal dishes so it is an efficient way to meal prep for the week. Plus being outside is a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the summer months!