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Seven for the Grill!

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On long, warm summer days when you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, isn’t firing up the grill to cook dinner much more appealing than standing in front of a hot stove in your kitchen? My family migrates our cooking to our patio as the weather warms up, and we eat outside whenever the bugs aren’t too bad.

While we frequently cook up buffalo burgers or barbeque chicken, I love to add plenty of vegetables to the grill to eat as a side dish, and also for leftovers to turn into flavorful salads over the next few days. Here are my 7 current favorite organic veggies to grill up:

  1. Corn on the cob:  I adore fresh-picked sweet summer corn, and it’s a great treat when grilled, and then slathered with pasture butter, salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Yum!
  2. Mushrooms:  Mushrooms grill up wonderfully after marinating in a bit of olive oil, a dash of vinegar and salt and pepper. Portobellos make a great burger or very satisfying side dish.
  3. Asparagus:  Asparagus is one of my favorite finger foods, especially with grill marks. Just brush them with a little oil and season with salt and pepper before cooking.
  4. Zucchini:  I love the taste and texture of zucchini slices on the grill. A perfect side dish for any entrée, be it fish, tofu or a chicken breast.
  5. Tomatoes:  There is nothing like heat and a little char to bring out a tomato’s best flavor.  
  6. Onions:  Thick slices of grilled yellow or red onions take a burger or steak to the next level. If you can find baby bunching onions at the farmer’s market, grill them up, stems and all. They’re amazing!   
  7. Fennel: Impress your friends by grilling up thick slices of fennel bulbs. They are succulent and have a unique and lovely anise flavor.  
     

To keep things healthy when I’m grilling, I never use lighter fluid or self-starting briquettes. Both have chemicals that are toxic for you and the environment. Here are some more green grilling tips to check out while you’re planning your next great meals.

Enjoy the Earth’s delicious bounty!

                                                                                   

Take Today’s Step and add one or more of these — or other favorite veggies — to the menu next time you fire up the grill (or the grill pan). Be sure to choose organic whenever you can to avoid GMOs and keep your grilling green! What did you make? Share the deliciousness in Comments!

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