Summer officially starts today: that equals a lot of outdoor grilling, pitchers of lemonade or sangría and fun popsicles in the sun. Some people love grilling meat but my favorite food on the grill is definitely vegetables: eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, red peppers… More than a side dish for meat a plate of these veggies is the perfect meal anytime of the day!
I made these easy grilled vegetables for this month’s Recipe Redux. This is our first challenge; I am so happy and honored to be part of this group: you can read about it HERE and I gotta thank Regan, Serena and Deanna for letting me in this almost exclusive RD group. As soon as I heard about the recipe redux I was curious and wanted to join. Coming up with your own version of a monthly theme, focusing on wholesomeness and healthiness… what’s not to love? Instead of making the same recipe we can let our creativity flow and I know the 21st of each month will be a fun and exciting day for us recipe reduxers and our readers.
More than a recipe I’ll give you my favorite veggie marinade, you can play with it by adding more flavors and herbs. You can either marinade the veggies before grilling or just brush them with it once they’re on the grill.
Grilled Vegetable Marinade
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice [or balsamic vinegar]
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 5 sprigs of thyme
- 2 teaspoons of fresh oregano [or 1 teaspoon dry]
- Salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients and let the herbs and garlic infuse the oil. Marinade veggies for 30 minutes or just use this mixture to brush the veggies while they grill.
My favorite vegetables to grill [and pictured above] are zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, onion, tomato and sweet plantain. Just cut them in thick slices and have fun grilling whether outdoors or indoors on a grilling pan.
Note: some studies have shown that grilling meat can lead to the formation of carcinogen compounds. Proper marination may reduce the formation of these compounds. So if you’re grilling meat make sure to marinade it and eat a proper side of veggies with it
I will now leave you with this wonderful list of my fellow recipe reduxers. Go get inspired to fire the grill and leave them nice comments Looking forward to our next challenge!
Alexandra Caspero- Grilled Summer Fruit Salad
Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD- Grilled Romaine Salad
Ann Dunaway Teh – Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish!
Grilled Flank Steak with Grilled Corn and Peach Salsa
Cindy Brison – Nutrition Know How
Danielle Omar – Food Confidence- Grilled Sweet Peppers
Diane Welland – EatWellEatClean- Grilled Beet & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
Dr Barb’s Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad – The Nutrition Budgeteer
EA Stewart – The Spicy RD
Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
Emma Stirling – The Scoop on Nutrition- Char Siu BBQ Pork
Gretchen – Kumquat- Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Jackie Mills- Delicious Diabetes Cooking
Grilled Proscuitto Shrimp with Asian Dipping Sauce
Jessica Fishman Levinson – Nutritioulicious
Grilled Salmon Burgers with Cherry Chutney
Kat Lynch – Eating The Week
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spiced couscous
Katie Caputo- East Meats West-Succulent Sirloin Kabobs
Kristen – Swanky Dietitian-Portabella Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Corn
Lisa – Healthful Sense-Grilled Veggie Bean Burgers
Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex – Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Mushroom Burgers with the Works, Mushroom Cannellini Spread
Marie Spano- Italian Grilled Turkey Burgers
Nicole Ferring – Grilled Eggs
Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst- Grilled Plantains: A Sweet Summer Side Dish
Regan – The Professional Palate- Grilled Eggplant & Two-Tomato Whole-Wheat Piadina
Serena – Teaspoon of Spice- Grilled Watermelon Salad
What’s your favorite food to grill? Churrasco? Bananas with chocolate?
Thanks for reading!