Grilling Veggies Made Easy
by Loree Dowse | August 2018
Can you believe summer is almost over? We can’t either! But before summer is officially over, there’s still plenty of time to grill up veggies on the BBQ. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve created a few tasty recipes that will allow you to spend more time with your family outdoors enjoying the sunshine and less time in the kitchen cooking. In addition, we’ve tossed in a few grilling tips to help you become a BBQ master.
Whether you’re cooking over an open flame at the campgrounds or just grilling in your backyard, foil pouches packed with veggies and your favorite protein are a simple way to get dinner on the table quickly without sacrificing taste. The sealed pouch locks in all the flavors of whichever sauce you choose so the veggies and the protein are extra flavorful and juicy.
Expert tip: Meal prep the dish a few days before by cutting up all the veggies, blanching them and putting them into a placing in a Ziploc bag. Then all you need to do come dinner is transfer into a foil packet, sit back and relax while it cooks on the BBQ. Make sure to use heavy-duty aluminum foil so that your pouch stays intact when transferring to and from the BBQ.
Gone are the days where veggie burgers were dry and tasteless. With the evolution of plant-based proteins and the innovative recipes that food bloggers and chefs alike are coming up with each week, veggie burgers are where it’s at for summer grilling. They also take far less time to prep and cook than you might imagine. Both of these recipes take less than 30 mins!
Expert tip: Make sure your grill is preheated at least 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact and helps prevent sticking. It also improves flavors through caramelization.
These are a no-brainer! Simply grab some skewers and add your favorite veggies. Super simple and so much extra flavor with a little char from the grill. Try different veggies like sweet potato, butternut squash and Brussels sprouts! You can even use our Sweet Potato “Fettucine” to create some fun shapes for the kids to enjoy.
Expert tip: Make sure your veggies are all the same size and shape so that they cook evenly. Keep in mind Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash will take longer than other veggies so you might want to steam or blanch them before adding to your skewer so they have a head start. Or you can use thinly sliced Sweet Potato so that it cooks at the same rate as chicken and other veggies.
Simple BBQ Side Dishes
BBQ side dishes don’t have to be complex or take a long time. You can use any of our slaws with your favorite dressing for a quick salad or microwave one of Nourish Bowls® for a warm nutritious side. Either will only take 5 minutes or less! Even if you add some extra chopped up veggies or fruit to either, your side dishes will still be ready by the time you’re done grilling.
Expert tip: For gas grilling, put the lid down for foods thicker than 1” so it can cook from all sides and leave the lid up for foods thinner than 1” so the top remains cool and you can get good browning one side at a time without overcooking the center.
For more BBQ recipe inspiration and expert grilling tips, download our Girlfriends Guide – Beyond the Bowl – Grilling Edition.