How to grill fruits and vegetable for light, healthful summer meals and sidesPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Michelle Dudash, chef, nutritionist and author of "Clean Eating for Busy Families," shared tips on grilling fruits and vegetables with incredible spice combinations.
1. Grill vegetables with a kick
Add herbs and spices to make vegetables taste amazing. They are free of added sugar, salt and fat, and are calorie-free.
Yes, you can grill broccoli! Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper. Squeeze grilled lemons on top.
2. Grill fruits with a spicy twist
Firm or slightly under ripe fruits like peaches and pineapple hold up best on the grill. Grilling caramelizes and concentrates natural sugars in the fruit and spices add a flavor punch. Try grilled pineapple sprinkled with ginger.
To make grilled peaches: Cut 2 peaches in half, remove pits and brush with a combination of 1 Tbsp. canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Grill on medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
3. Use the right technique when grilling produce
Don't get caught with a burnt pile of mushy produce stuck to the grill. Try these tips!
- Preheat grill to medium heat (350 degrees) for a nice, mild char on the outside and cooked al dente on the inside.
- Be sure to scrape the char off of the grill first.
- Lightly oil either the food or the grill with canola oil.