Weekend Menu Planning: Cooking Vegetables on the Grill for National Barbecue Month
By Kalyn Denny on May 20, 2010
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We're still talking about grilling in honor of National Barbecue Month, and this week it's grilled vegetables, probably hands-down my favorite thing to cook on the grill. Grilling gives vegetables the same type of sweet, concentrated flavor that roasting them does, and if you have family members who are reluctant to eat vegetables, grilling the veggies might make them change their mind!
If vegetables can be sliced into pieces big enough to not fall through the grill, they can simply be brushed with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and grilled on each side until grill marks appear and the vegetable is cooked through. But if you want to grill vegetables in smaller pieces, it's worth investing in a grilling pan. You can see a photo of my favorite grill-top pan in a BlogHer post I wrote about Cooking Garden Veggies on the Grill. That post also has tips for grilling vegetables, as well as some good recipes for grilling summer squash, eggplant, and winter squash. After you check out those ideas, come back and see more about how BlogHer food bloggers are cooking vegetables on the grill.
Lots of grilled vegetable dishes use assorted vegetables cooked together on the grill, like the kabobs of Grilled Vegetables above from Our Life in the Kitchen. Karen says this is so ridiculously easy to make that it's hardly worth calling it a recipe, but you won't think that when you taste the grilled vegetables.
More Assorted Vegetables Cooked on the Grill:
Grilled Vegetables in Foil from Kitchen Parade
Grilled Skewered Vegetables with Quick Polenta from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Farro with Grilled Vegetables from Food Blogga
Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto with Grilled Vegetables from, Vegan Yum Yum
Israeli Couscous with Grilled Summer Vegetables from Cookin' Canuck
Cajun Grilled Chicken and Vegetables from Prudence Pennywise
Grilled corn is a popular side dish for barbecues, and if you like corn, I'm guessing the Grilled-Corn-on-the-Cob from Simply Recipes will make you want to cook some as soon as you can get fresh corn where you live.
More Ideas for Corn Cooked on the Grill
Grilled Corn on the Cob from Cheap Healthy Good
Taiwanese Street Food Grilled Corn from Not Eating Out in New York
Grilled Corn with Sweet Paprika Butter from Modern Beet
Grilled Sweet Corn with Spiced Lime Butter from A Veggie Venture
How to Grill Corn on the Cob from Novel Eags
A few years ago I became converted to eggplant cooked on the grill, and the Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is a recipe I'd love to try.
More Grilled Eggplant to Make You Drool
Grilled Stuffed Eggplant from Andrea Meyers
Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade from Food Blogga
How to Grill Eggplant From White on Rice Couple
You may not have thought about grilling mushrooms, but the Easy-Easy Grilled Mushroom Appetizer from Kitchen Parade just may tempt you into trying it. Grilling brings out the flavor of mushrooms in a wonderful way.
More Ideas for Grilled Mushrooms
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Ranch Mushrooms from Angies Pangies
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Grilled Mushrooms from Dianne's Dishes
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos from Seduction Meals
Finally, asparagus is wonderful when it's grilled and Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan is a big favorite at my house. You'll have to invest in a grill pan for cut-up asparagus, but whole asparagus spears can just be laid across the grill if you turn them carefully. Trust me, grilled asparagus is worth the trouble.
More Grilled Asparagus to Try
Grilled Asparagus a la Sutherland from Stephen Cooks
Grilled Asparagus, Proscuitto, Fried Bread, and Poached Egg from Leite's Culinaria
Grilled Steak and Asparagus from The Paupered Chef
Grilled Asparagus and Spinach Salad with Smoky Paprika Dressing from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Smoky Grilled Asparagus from Cookin' Canuck
Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus on Polenta from Iron Stef
I've really just gotten started on the possibilities for grilled vegetables, but hopefully one of these ideas will make you think of grilling some vegetables this weekend. Please let us know in the comments about your favorite veggie options for grilling, and share the recipe link if you have one.
(Every week on BlogHer, we spotlight recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)
Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn would have a hard time picking her favorite recipe for grilled veggies, but her brother Rand would definitely choose Kalyn's Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint.