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Friday, June 17, 2011

Grilling Fruits and Veggies | Family Economics

By Erin

When I think of grilling vegetables, I usually think of peppers, mushrooms and onions on a kebab. But there really is so much more you can do with vegetables and even fruit on the grill, both with and without a grill basket.

With a Grill Basket 

• Cut up just about any vegetable or combination of vegetables and toss with olive oil, seasoning and some salt and pepper.    

• Grill in a vegetable basket, as you would a stir-fry on the stovetop. Depending on the heat level, your grilled vegetable medley could be ready in as little as 10 minutes. 

Without a Grill Basket 

• Fruits can be placed directly on the grill, just as the pineapple you see above. They can be placed over direct heat if you want a little grill mark, or placed over indirect heat if you just want them to soften as they cook. You could also cut up fruit into chunks and thread them onto kebab sticks and grill the edges. Pineapple, strawberries and cantaloupe make great grilled fruit kebabs. 

• Peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant slices can also be placed directly on grill racks when grilling.  Grilled green tomatoes are a wonderful addition to any burger! 

• Vegetables can also be wrapped in foil and then “grill roasted” on the part of the grill with the indirect heat. Just toss any combination of vegetable chunks with some herbs and salt and pepper and wrap in foil. For ease in serving, create single portions in each wrap and then let your family or dinner guests eat right from the foil packet. 

Now you have a few extra ways to try your fruit and vegetables on the grill!

Do you have a favorite grilled fruit? What’s your favorite way to grill veggies?

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On Sunday, July 10, 2011, Susan from Winter Haven wrote

I'm totally enjoying my new grill this summer! Here are three ideas that I've tried and found quite tasty: 1 - When I chop my veggies, I put them in a ZipLock bag with a couple of healthy squirts of low fat or fat free salad dressing as the marinade. 2 - I bought some seedless green grapes that were a wee bit too tart to nibble on, so I tossed some of them in with the veggies. The heat brought out their sweetness, and they were a delightful added flavor. 3 - Put a handful of grape tomatoes on a square of aluminum foil, and fold it up to make a little bowl (leaving the top open). Squirt in some Italian salad dressing, and put the pouch on the upper rack while you grill the rest of your food. The tomatoes and dressing cook down into a very tasty side dish or burger dressing. Hope you are having as much fun with your grill as I am with mine!!

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