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Healthy Grilled Vegetables Recipes



Grilled vegetables or grilled veggies can be a great main meal as well as side dish. There are a lot of vegetables you can grill; some famous one includes bell peppers, mushrooms, eggplants, onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. Grilling brings out the natural sugars of vegetables. This is why grilled vegetables taste better with enhanced flavor and texture.

How to grill vegetables

healthy grilled vegetablesGrilled vegetables are tasty, yet they are not difficult to prepare. You can always start the preparation with cutting the vegetables into uniform, bite-size pieces so that they can be cooked quickly and evenly. There are several ways you can choose to grill the vegetables: you can spear the vegetable pieces on kabobs, or wrap them in heavy duty foil, or use a grilling basket. If you do not wish to grill the vegetable pieces in a foil, it will be good to marinade or brush the vegetable pieces with some oil to prevent sticking. When grilling, occasionally turn the vegetable pieces to make sure even cooking, and grill until your desired tenderness. It doesn’t require a long time for grilling the vegetables, but do make sure that the inside is cooked. If you are not sure on the doneness, you can always taste test one or two pieces of the vegetables.

Grilled Vegetables and Health

Vegetables can be grilled without any fat, especially if you grill them in heavy duty foil. Even if you need to drizzle some oil over your vegetables when grilling, you can always use healthy oil, such as olive oil. You may also not need the oil and use a low fat marinade that you can prepare by your own. Grilled vegetables can be such a healthy low-fat meal.

You may also consider adding some herbs and spices to add flavor to your grilled vegetables. Not only the grilled vegetables taste better, herbs and spices add extra nutrition to the meal besides all the health benefits that you can gain from the vegetables.

More on Grilled Vegetables

Most of the vegetables hold their shape well and also keep their original flavor when grilled. However, there are some vegetables that are not suitable for grilling. This is especially true for vegetables with high water content such as lettuce, cucumber, celery and leafy greens. These vegetables will just appear pale and floppy after grilled and don’t look appetizing.

Healthy Grilled Vegetables Recipes

Grilled vegetables recipe is very versatile. You can always choose the vegetables, marinades, and even the dressings based on your own preference. In the case you need something to start with; here a list of common vegetables for grilling.

Ingredients (Common for all grilled vegetables recipes):

  • Zucchini -2
  • Yellow squash -2
  • Fresh mushrooms – 8 oz
  • Bell peppers (Green and/or Red) – 2
  • Red onions – 2
  • Cherry tomatoes - 16

Considering the different methods that can be used for a healthy and delicious grilled vegetables meal, our recipes here provide the complete steps for each vegetables grilling method. In case you don’t like the traditional grilling method, you may even consider using an oven for the job! Choose your preferable grilling method and start grilling now!

  1. Mixed Vegetables Kabobs Recipe
  2. Grilled Vegetables in Grill Basket
  3. Grilled Vegetables in Foil
  4. Oven Grilled Vegetables

Healthy Recipe #1: Mixed Vegetable Kabobs Recipe

Directions:

  1. Trim and wash the vegetables. Chop the vegetables and place them into a bowl.
  2. If you prefer marinades, add in the marinade sauce. Slightly toss and make sure the sauce covers the vegetable pieces. Skip this step if you do not wish to marinate your vegetables.
  3. Insert the vegetable pieces into skewers to make vegetable kabobs.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat. If you do not use marinades on step 2, brush the vegetable kabobs with some olive oil. Then, place the vegetable kabobs on the grill.
  5. Grill the vegetable kabobs for 10 to 20 minutes or until the vegetable pieces are tender and slightly browned. Turn the vegetable kabobs once or twice in between. Serve hot.

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Healthy Recipe #2: Grilled Vegetables in Grill Basket

Directions:

  1. Trim and wash the vegetables. Chop the vegetables and place them into a bowl.
  2. If you prefer marinades, add in the marinade sauce. Slightly toss and make sure the sauce covers the vegetable pieces. If you do not wish to marinate your vegetables, lightly brush the vegetable pieces with oil.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Transfer the vegetables into a grill basket and place on the grill.
  4. Frequently turn the vegetables while grilling. Brush with additional marinade or oil if needed to prevent drying.
  5. Grill the vegetables for 10 to 20 minutes or until the vegetable pieces are tender and slightly browned. Remove from heat and serve hot.

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Healthy Recipe #3: Grilled Vegetables in Foil

Grilling vegetables in foil is a good way to prevent the burnt veggies.

Directions:

  1. Trim and wash the vegetables. Chop the vegetables and place them into a bowl.
  2. Toss the vegetables with the seasoning of your choice. Popular seasoning options include salt, pepper, ginger, garlic, olive oil, or any preferred herbs and spices. You may skip this step if you want to have the original taste of the vegetables after the grill.
  3. Toss again to mix the vegetables.
  4. Lay out a medium to large size heavy duty foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Make sure the foil is big enough to hold the vegetables. Pour your vegetable pieces onto the foil and cover it with another piece of foil. Fold the edges of the foil together and crimp them to form a foil pouch.
  5. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place the foil pouch on grill.
  6. Grill the vegetables for about 20 minutes. Flip the foil pouch in between. If too much juices leak out when grilling, you can slightly cut open the top of the foil pouch after you flip to dry out the vegetables.
  7. When done, remove from heat. Tear the foil pouch and transfer vegetable pieces to plates. Be careful with the hot stream. Serve hot.

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Healthy Recipe #4: Oven Grilled Vegetables

Directions:

  1. Repeat step 1 to 4 of Recipe #3 to form a foil pouch with vegetable pieces inside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the foil pouch onto a baking sheet and into the heated oven. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. When done, remove from heat. Tear the foil pouch and transfer vegetable pieces to plates. Serve hot.

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