Summer is in full swing! It’s time to hear the sizzle of the grill and smell the aroma of summertime food! Whether you use a gas grill or light up the charcoal, the smoke from the grill will enhance the flavor. Heat up the grill and enjoy these 10 favorite grilling summer recipes to share with your family and friends!
A visit to your local farmer’s market and you can grab some yummy produce! Corn-on-the-cob is a summertime picnic favorite! Buy fresh corn in the husk. Soak ears of corn (husk and all) in a pot of cold water for 15 minutes. Heat grill to medium temperature. Remove corn from water and remove corn silk (leave husks). Coat the corn kernels with butter or olive oil. Grill for 15 minutes, remove the husk and enjoy! Find more at whatscookingamerican.net.
2. Vegetables And Barley
Eating vegan is easy when you have the right ingredients paired with the right recipes! This recipe combines your favorite summer fresh vegetables and pearled barley. Place vegetables (my family enjoys baby carrots, snap peas and red onion) on medium heat grill; coat veggies with extra-virgin olive oil. Grill for approximately 15 minutes. Toss with eight ounces prepared pearled barley, three ounces fresh finely grated mozzarella cheese, half cup finely chopped walnuts, and one tablespoon lemon juice. Serve warm.
3. Grilled Potatoes And Onions
A winning combination, potatoes and onions go well with just about any protein. This is an easy recipe; foodandwine.com adds bacon and blue cheese for a savory dish. To save calories (and since I am vegan), I forego the bacon and cheese. Peel and boil potatoes until cooked. Cut potatoes and onions into thin slices. Coat with olive oil and place on medium heat grill. Grill for about five minutes, or until grill marks are prevalent. Remove from grill and enjoy. There are many variations to this recipe; make it your own.
4. Grilled Asparagus
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that some people really enjoy, while others can pass it by. Try serving asparagus grilled with olive oil to your summertime dining guests. The grill really brings out the flavor. Wash and clean asparagus, removing ends. Brush with olive oil, turning on grill. Grill on medium heat until tender.
5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
One of my husband’s favorites (he is not vegan), a summertime grilled cheese sandwich is quick, easy and, depending upon the cheese you use, loaded with flavor. Butter two slices of whole wheat bread. On medium grill heat, place a slice of bread on the grill, layer with a thick slice of pepperjack (or cheese of choice) cheese. Layer with another slice of bread, turning until grill marks form and cheese is melted. You can add a layer of red peppers, onions, and other fresh vegetables to create a delicious lunchtime favorite. Slice and serve. For variations go to bonappetiti.com.
6. Savory Grilled Chicken
Even though I avoid chicken, I will share with you my neighbor’s take on grilling chicken to perfection. The key is the marinade. The marinade seals in juices and when placed on the grill – smoke rises and the aroma wafts through the neighborhood – you know summertime has officially arrived! My neighbor likes this recipe from allrecipes.com ‘Ray’s Chicken.’ It combines sherry, garlic, brown sugar, honey and more.
7. Grilled Hummus Wrap
The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite cooks. Her blog (and TV show) are worth watching. Her recipe for Grilled Hummus Wraps is to-die-for. Yum. Even if you are not a hummus-lover, give this wrap a try and I promise it will become a (healthy) fast favorite. Find the Pioneer Woman’s recipe here. Let me know how you like it!
8. Grilled Stuffed Peppers
Cayenne pepper, cumin and garlic make this a favorite. Red, green or yellow peppers can be used for this recipe. If you like, replace the sausage and ground beef in this Grilled Stuffed Pepper recipe with additional brown rice. With a variety of peppers in season and fresh from the garden, you can’t miss the opportunity to create a healthy summertime meal.
9. Grilled Parsnips
Parsnips are a very healthy root vegetable. If you haven’t tried parsnips, you are missing a nutritious vegetable that has punch of flavor. This recipe places all the ingredients in a foil packet prior to placing on the grill. It is a favorite; honey, maple, thyme and parsnips. Find the recipe at taste.fourseasons.com.
10. Pizza on the Grill
Pizza? On the grill? Oh, yeah! Great for parties; brunch, cookouts and gatherings! The key is to mix and grill the dough first, then add your favorite yummy toppings. Don’t call for pizza delivery! Make your own the grill! Learn how to grill a pizza at simplyrecipes.com.
When snow flies and you can’t make it to the grill through the snowdrifts, remember the dark grill marks and the luscious creations you prepared on the grill. Take advantage of summer, get outside and enjoy the weather!