06.25.2014

Summertime Grilled Veggies

Some things just scream summer: running through the sprinklers as a child, flip flops flopping on the sidewalk, sunset at nearly 8 pm, and, my all time favorite: BBQ’s at every house in the neighborhood. The warm weather has always pulled our family outside, and we take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather by having happy hour outside, and grilling almost every night. Don’t get me wrong-we absolutely don’t grill meat everyday. Our philosophy has always been that if if it can be cooked, it can be grilled! One of our most recent favorite grilling victims: Veggies! They provide a quicker, lighter alternative to grilling burgers and other proteins (though I’m not turning those down either), and grilling the veggies gives them a very different, DELICIOUS taste and smokiness that cooking, roasting, and steaming generally don’t provide. Some of our favorite veggies for grilling: asparagus, peppers, and the most recent: green beans!

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IMG_7842{Grilled Vegetable Melange}

Ingredients:

Fingerling/teeny tiny potatoes

Red onion

Red & yellow peppers

olive oil

salt/pepper

Instructions:

Boil potatoes until soft. Cut the red onion, red and yellow peppers.

Sprinkle with olive oil and salt/pepper.

Toss it all together. Voila!

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IMG_7837{Grilled Balsamic Vinaigrette Asparagus}

Simply drizzle asparagus with balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before AND after. Add as much as you like (we’re generous with our cheese)

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{Grilled Green Beans}

Ingredients:

Green beans

olive oil

Red onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

low-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp dark sesame oil

salt/pepper

Instructions:

Place onion, garlic, and green beans in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and toss.

Arrange mixture in a grill basket on the BBQ and cook about 7 minutes. Then place bean mixture in a bowl and cover for 5 minutes.

Finally, add soy sauce and remaining ingredients, toss. Indulge!

(Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light Magazine)

And finally, no BBQ (or dinner) would be complete without a good glass of wine to accompany these grilled greens! Some of my personal favorites include:

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Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

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Firestone Winery Sauvignon Blanc

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Domaine Fontanyl Rose de Provenance

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Stags Leap Chardonnay

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