Grilled Vegetable Platter

With a slightly smoky aroma and a great variety of textures and bright colors, grilled vegetable platters are always a delicious addition to any meal.

Vegetables can be grilled by placing them directly on the grill grates, just be sure there is some type of nonstick spray used to prevent them from sticking.  Some use a grill basket or foil pouch for vegetable grilling. Just be sure not to overcrowd or the vegetables will steam instead of keeping a bit of crispness.

Vegetable Grilling Tips:

  •  A little toss in olive oil before grilling helps prevent vegetables from drying out.
  • Too much oil adds unnecessary calories and can also cause flare ups in the grill.
  • Denser vegetables do take longer to cook.
  • Bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water first are good for smaller vegetables like cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
  • Get creative and use any vegetables you have on hand.
  • The key to getting nice grill marks on vegetables is not to shift them around too much during the cooking process.

Why Healthy

  • Vegetables are low in calories but high in fiber and are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • As well as being strong in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, asparagus provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese, and selenium.
  • Zucchini is high in fiber, water, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium which boost your immune system and promote the health of your heart, skin, lungs and eyes.
  • Sweet peppers contain vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta-carotene and folic acid.
  • In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity.
  • Mushrooms contain important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.

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Grilled Vegetable Platter

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 30

Ingredients:

1 -2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
Salt & Pepper
4 Red Bell Peppers, Cut In Half and Cleaned of Stems and Seeds
3 Medium Eggplants, Trimmed and Cut Into 1/4 Inch Thick Round Slices
4 Medium Green And/or Or Yellow Zucchini Squash, Trimmed and Cut Lengthwise Into 1/3-inch Thick Pieces
24 Asparagus Spears
1 Package Portabella Mushroom Caps

Vinaigrette
2 Tablespoons Flat Leaf Parsley, Finely Chopped
3 Tablespoons Water
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard (Optional)
3-4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
Salt and Pepper

Parsley As Garnish

Directions:

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.

Gently toss the vegetables in a large bowl with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano and a dash of salt and pepper for a very thin coating.

Prepare the main vinaigrette to use after grilling by placing all ingredients in a mason jar, close with the lid and shake vigorously.

Spray the grill carefully with nonstick cooking spray between each set of vegetables so that the vegetables will not stick.

Grill the peppers, skin side down and without turning, until blackened and blistered, about 5-8 minutes and then turn them over to brown the underside briefly for another 2 minutes and remove from the heat and let sit just briefly.

While still warm, place the peppers in a brown paper bag or plastic Ziploc bag and let stand until the skins loosen and then peel the skin off the peppers (sometimes the charred skin does not need this step and you can simply peel the charred skin off).

While peppers are cooling, grill the remaining vegetables.

Grill the eggplants until golden brown with nice grill marks and tender, about 5 minutes per side.

Grill the zucchini about 5-6 minutes and then the mushrooms until they are nicely charred and tender, about 3 or 4 minutes per side.

After shaking the vinaigrette one last time in the jar, pour the vinaigrette into a large bowl and working with one type of vegetable at a time, toss into the bowl to gently coat.

This step is done as some grilled vegetables are more delicate than others.

Arrange vegetables on platter and drizzle with any remaining vinaigrette.

 

One Response to “12 Tips For Sensational Healthy Smoothies”

  1. Michelle — February 14, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Excellent article, I love smoothies, too, and they are a really good way to get my kids to eat healthy things that they wouldn’t otherwise. Heading over to check out your banana oat smoothie!

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