8 Best Veggies to Grill
Happy World Vegetarian Day! Grilling vegetables is all the rage and a rainbow of veggies makes a beautiful bbq spread. Narrowing down the list to the 8 Best Veggies to Grill isn’t easy, because almost every veg tastes better cooked this way. And the kids will love getting in on the veggie grilling, and they won’t want to see their barbecuing handiwork go to waste; they just might try asparagus or eggplant for the first time. Learning to love veggies—even making them the foundation of your food pyramid—very well may add years to your life and your kids’.
Dr. Sears advises: “One of the healthiest eating habits you can foster in your family is to make vegetables the centerpiece of your meals and let the other food groups accompany them. For many families this may be a switch of mindset from meat and potatoes to potatoes and meat. The animal food is more of a garnish, adding flavor and nutrition to the medley of vegetables and grains.”
So move over burgers and make some room for the 8 Best Veggies to Grill:
1. Asparagus Try this amazing Steven Raichlen Recipe for Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan. Unforgettable!
2. Peppers WebMD reports: “Peppers have a lot going for them. They’re low in calories and are loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber.” As a general rule, go for the brightest variety. Here’s why: “Green peppers are harvested earlier, before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Compared to green bell peppers, the red ones have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C.”
3. Mushrooms Like peppers, mushrooms are a great addition to kabobs (you can hide them there and finicky kids might not notice). They also make a juicy steak taste even better. While they aren’t technically plants—they belong to the fungi class—they are nutritionally rich and an exception to the rule of brightest being best. They are rich in cancer-fighting anti-oxidants; high in potassium and low in sodium, thereby lowering blood pressure; high in fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels; and high in selenium, which boosts the immune system.
4. Corn Steven Raichlen wows again with his Coconut Grilled Corn Recipe! Not a veggie, you say? While a corn kernel is a grain, corn eaten off the cob is considered a vegetable.
5. Artichokes Even my non-veggie eater loves artichokes. Must be something about peeling off the leaves and savoring the best part: the heart! A large ‘choke is only 25 calories and packs a nutritional punch as a good source of vitamin C and K, folate, manganese, fiber, as well as niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper.
6. Eggplant Who doesn’t want a purple vegetable added to their veggie rainbow spread? The colorful skin of eggplant is rich in antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Brush slices of eggplant, aka “aubergine” in British English, with oil, grill on your Angara Maximus grill table, sprinkle with parm and eat on a slice of grilled ciabatta. Delicious!
7. Onions You don’t want to leave this flavor-packing veggie off the list. Sandwich it between the mushrooms and peppers on shish kebobs and watch your guests (and possibly neighbors and even dog) come running to see what’s cookin’. Medical News Today reports: “Onions have many possible health benefits including reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cancer. They are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.”
8. Tomatoes “The cooking process increases the antioxidant activity in tomatoes, which can offer you certain health benefits. Cooked tomatoes are low in calories and fat and supply you with a good dose of protein and fiber,” according to SF Gate. Try this to-die-for (or live-longer-for) Steven Raichlen Recipe for Catalan Tomato Bread.