Grab Your Spatula, It's Grilling Season


By:  Carleton Rivers, RD

It’s finally June and the weather is warm, which means we have entered grilling season. This summer I encourage you to use the grill for more than just the typical hamburger or hotdog. Did you know that grilling is actually a great way to reduce fat in your meals? With a fresh new approach to grilling, cookouts no longer have to expand your waist line and ruin your diet.

Grilling Fruits and Veggies


Cooking Vegetables:

  • Season with your favorite herbs
  • Place directly on a hot grill and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender
  • For steaming:
    • Place sliced vegetables on heavy-duty foil
    • Sprinkle with water and seasoning
    • Wrap up the foil and grill for 6-8 minutes

Cooking Fruit:

  • Place fruit on kabobs
  • Place fruit on the outside edges of the grill to achieve a more indirect type of heat
  • Leave skin on softer fruit when grilling
  • Spray fruit and grates with cooking spray to prevent sticking
  • Grill over low heat until fruit is slightly golden and hot
  • Allow fruit to cool before eating
    • Fruit contains a high level of water which can make grilled fruit very hot

My favorite fruits and vegetables to grill:

  • Romaine lettuce for a grilled salad
  • Bell peppers and onions
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant (drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice)
  • Sliced watermelon, mangos, peaches, and pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Poblano peppers

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