From Jenn

The Best Way to Get Your Summer Veggies: The Grill

In summers past, I’ve certainly done my fair share of grilling. But this summer, the grill hasn’t been just a place for the carnivore in me. It’s been a place for the veggie-lover in me! And, certainly, grilling veggies is one of the tastiest and easiest ways to prepare them. Not to mention that they’re totally delicious. Don’t believe me? Check out the photographic evidence of me grilling eggplant and zucchini to perfection (including a cameo by my pup)!

How to Grill Veggies: A Photo Essay

First, you open this. Just kidding…or am I? (For the record, this dry rosé was especially nice considering how hot it was outside.)

rose-wine

Next, you cut your veggies of choice. For me, on this hot July night, it was zucchini and eggplant from Trader Joe’s (which I am still super psyched about having in my neighborhood!). Adorn with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and you are on your way to simply delicious grilled veggies.

grilled-zucchini

Then, onto a hot, hot grill they go! Dog optional.

hot-grill

Now for the actual cooking. You want to leave them on just long enough to get those nice grill lines with some softness, without them becoming a gooey mess. Think al dente. On my grill, it took just three minutes per side for the eggplant slices and about 10 minutes each side for the zucchini (although my zucchini halves were pretty hefty). The key? Taste often. (Don’t you love that advice?)

grilled-eggplant

The result? Grilled veggies that you want to eat, like all of the time!

cooked-zucchini

What’s your favorite veggie to grill up? Tell us about it! —Jenn



Comments

  1. says

    I like the way you write, very spunky! I am not a cook by any means, but the dog, the wine, the words….I just might have to reform. And also…I love Trader Joes!

  2. Leslie says

    Zucchini is definitely a fav. I also love, love, love mushrooms on the grill!! Either nice portobellos or huge white shrooms. Right now my farm store has ginormous white mushrooms…sooooo good on the grill. Just a little olive oil and some spices!

  3. says

    I love to cut up broccoli, shrooms, green pepper, (red too when they aren’t a fortune), carrots, and onions, gently spice them (Mrs. Dash or your own concoction) then throw them on a sheet of foil sprayed with cooking spray, fold it up into a pouch and throw it on the grill for about 30 mins. Delicious!

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