Grill the Garden

Grill the Garden

Your grill is designed for everything but the kitchen sink—which means you can easily (and healthfully) grill fruits and vegetables to accompany your favorite steaks and chops. To get started, prep your produce so you don’t lose it to the grill grates: large chunks, spears or skewers work best. Lightly brush with oil to prevent sticking and place over direct medium heat. Depending on the fruit or vegetable you’re grilling, plan for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Need some grill-spiration?

Asparagus

There are so many nutritional benefits to asparagus, but one of the most notable nutrients is vitamin E. Vitamin E is great for your immune system and is digested better alongside fats, so don’t skimp on the oil.
  • For easy grilling, place spears directly on the grill grates.
  • Place spears perpendicular to the direction of the grates so they don’t fall through.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms provide vitamin D, which helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. They’re also low in calories, which makes them a great option to serve alongside other veggies.
  • Mushrooms work best on skewers, so you can turn them easily. Simply wipe them off with a damp paper towel and skewer them whole.
    • Tip: if you’re using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for at least 20 minutes before grilling.

Corn

It wouldn’t be grilling if we didn’t include corn. Corn releases antioxidants when cooked that can help protect from cancer and heart disease. Corn can be grilled wrapped in foil, in an oiled husk, directly on the grill grate or sliced and skewered on kabobs.

Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchini and summer squash are rich in fiber, and have high water content, leaving you feeling fuller longer. They’re also some of the most versatile vegetables to grill – cut them in half lengthwise, into spears, rounds or make skewers.

Peaches and Pineapple

Don’t forget to indulge your sweet tooth! Grilling fruit caramelizes the sugar, resulting in even more natural sweetness. Peaches and pineapple are both rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that plays a role in healthy immunity.
  • Place sliced fruit directly on the grill grate
  • Grill until lightly charred and warmed through.

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