Grill up those Fruits and Veggies!
Who loves summer grilling? I know I do! Summer is all about the beach, sunshine, and BBQs. And guess what? It's that time of the year again! What better way to spend your weekends than cooking up some delicious food by the pool? I have some different and healthy alternatives that you can bring to your next get together that will surely impress your company.
There are always those grilling classics; such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and steaks, but if you are looking to change things up and add in some fun or color to your BBQ, try throwing some fruits and veggies on the grill! Whether you’re adding a little something special to your burger or serving up some delicious sides, adding some produce to your dish is a sure way to make your BBQ healthier, have some fun with food, and impress your friends. There are so many benefits that come along with adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet. You can find a variety of vitamins, minerals, and fiber in produce. Plus, you get plenty of antioxidants when you throw more colorful foods on to your plate. Some fruits and vegetables pair well with other foods, which will enhance the flavors in your dish and will surely be a hit!
These are some of my favorite fruits and vegetables to grill:
Pineapple: throw some sliced pineapple on your burger with some teriyaki sauce to make a fancy Hawaiian burger
Watermelon: top your salad with grilled watermelon or make a big side dish salad with some feta cheese, nuts, your favorite leafy greens, and then drizzle with some balsamic vinaigrette
Mango: chop up your grilled mango and add it to your favorite salsa recipe for a sweet twist (don't forget the chips!)
Peach: grill half of a peach and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and goat cheese for a decadent side dish
Grapefruit: introduce half of a grapefruit to your grill and top with some cottage cheese for added protein
Asparagus: take your grilled spears and toss them in some olive oil, rosemary, and garlic to accompany your steak or chicken
Eggplant: slice up some eggplant and let it grill, then toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper for a simple, yet tasty side dish
Portabella mushrooms: using your favorite marinade, soak some 'shrooms and grill 'em. You can add your favorite toppings for a great meatless option to substitute for a regular beef burger
Corn on the cob: husk them, grill them, then top with some melted queso fresco and cilantro
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Zucchini: slice these up and put them on a kebab with some tomatoes, grill 'em, and add a little olive oil, salt, and pepper for a colorful side.
Fruits should be cooked approximately 3-5 minutes while most vegetables should be cooked a little longer (approximately 7 minutes) and flip when needed. You can have fun with you fruits and vegetables by taking cookie cutters to make fun and festive shapes. Have fun and be the next BBQ sensation amongst your friends and family by adding color and produce to your grill this summer!
Stay healthy, Ospreys!
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