Insider’s Viewpoint: Fresh from the Grill!
Memorial Day weekend is behind us but summer’s here! Time for sunshine, swimming, and grilling. What better way to kick off the warmer weather than getting outside and grilling up your favorite foods? While many of us think about cooking steaks and chicken on the barbecue, don’t forget to save room for fruits and vegetables. Not only does grilling add great flavor to fresh produce, but it also simplifies meal preparation.
3 Easy Ways to Grill Fruits & Veggies
One easy way to grill vegetables is to throw them on a kabob. All you need is a wooden skewer that’s been soaked in water for about 30 minutes and your favorite vegetables. When grilling vegetables, make sure to rub them with a small amount of oil to prevent sticking to the grill. It will also be important to time your vegetables to ensure equal finishing time. For example, grilled potatoes may take longer than a softer vegetable such as zucchini, so to prevent burning add the more firm vegetables to the grill first and make sure they are cut evenly.
Vegetable Foil Packets
Don’t have kabob skewers? No problem! Try a foil packet. This no-fuss way of grilling vegetables requires a 24-inch long piece of aluminum foil and that’s it. Place your vegetables in the middle of the foil, drizzle with oil, salt and pepper or add any other seasoning you like, and fold foil over, pinching the edges together to make a packet. Simply put on the grill and check back in about 15 minutes.
Don’t forget about the fruit! Grilled fruit is equally as easy and delicious as grilled vegetables. Simply brush the fruit with cooking spray or light oil (something with little flavor such as canola or vegetable oil) to prevent sticking and set on the grill until soft. Drizzle your fruit with a little honey before grilling for an extra flavor punch.
Grilling is much more than just a way to cook your food; it is an activity that gets us outside to enjoy the weather and start our summer out right. There’s no better way to bring friends and family together, whether it’s a special occasion or a no-fuss impromptu get-together. Don’t worry about all the pots and pans, one of the nice things about grilling is little clean-up, so make it easy on yourself and get grilling this Memorial Day.
Grilled Peach Sundaes
All you need …
- 2 peaches, halved and pitted
- 1 tsp canola oil
- 2 scoops nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt or fruit sorbet
- 1 Tbsp toasted unsweetened coconut
All you do …
Preheat grill to high. Brush peach halves with oil. Grill until tender. Place 2 peach halves in each bowl and top with a scoop of frozen yogurt (or sorbet) and coconut.
Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 154, Carbohydrate: 28g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Fat: 4g, Protein: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 41mg
Source: Adapted from Eating Well, Inc.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
Allison Yoder, MA, RD, LD
Retail Dietetics Supervisor, Eastern Territory