It’s summer; let’s talk food! One of the best things about cooking this time of year is making tasty meals that brings people together. It gives me so much pleasure to make healthy dishes with fresh ingredients to share with my family, friends and with you.
Grilled fresh vegetables are a summer favorite and compliment any meal. Fresh vegetables from your garden or the farmers market are rich in color and flavor and are naturally low in calories. I love cooking outside and the smell of the grill as it brings out the best in the food and spices blended together.
Eating kosher means not mixing meat and milk in the same meal. These vegetables make for an easy side dish for lunch or dinner, whether you’re serving meat or milk. Keep it simple and enjoy the summer and fresh vegetables while they last!
Grilled Fresh Vegetables
The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. You can make it for 2 people or a crowd! And you can change up the vegetables depending on what’s in season.
2 Red, green or yellow peppers, sliced in ¼ – ½ inch thick circles
12 Brussels sprouts, whole
12 Parsnips, sliced
1 Onion, sliced ¼ to ½ inch thick circles
1 large or 2 small carrots, cut into sticks
Olive oil to coat the vegetables
Fresh dill, chopped fine
Salt and pepper to taste
- Pre heat the grill for about 5 minutes.
- Place the vegetables in a bowl and generously sprinkle the seasonings over the top.
- Add just enough oil to coat the vegetables and give it all a stir.
- Place directly on the hot grill for 3 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook for another 3 minutes.
I like to serve these vegetables on a bed of spring greens with a little balsamic dressing for a light dinner. They make a colorful, delicious side dish that works well with grilled steak or chicken.
Here are some tips for grilling perfect vegetables:
*Always pre heat your grill.
*Give your vegetables a light coating of oil to prevent them from sticking to the grill.
* Use fresh spices like fresh basil, dill or tarragon whenever possible to add even more flavor to anything you make.
* I like to place the vegetables directly on the grill. You may prefer to use a grill basket. Just remember to preheat it before adding the vegetables.
*There is an added bonus to grilling vegetables. Because you’ve oiled them, cleanup is a snap!
I know you have wonderful, creative ideas to share too. If you have a favorite vegetable combination or a tip to share, I would love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love to cook, Love to sing, Love life!
Cantor Mitch, the Cantor Chef