May 13, 2012 //
Burgers and dogs are summer BBQ staples, but fresh summer produce including grilled vegetables, are delicious and affordable options for main dishes and sides that are packed with nutrients and flavor. Plus, these plant-strong offerings will delight your vegetarian and vegan guests. Whole Foods Market’s Health Starts Here program can offer sizzling summer recipes and tips for healthy grilling that expand your options, not your waistline.
Try these grilling basics for veggies and fruits: · Corn on the cob – Soak ears in the husk for up to an hour minimum (or overnight) and grill them husk-on to retain moisture. Or, husk the ears and sprinkle them with your favorite spices (some great combinations are available with herbs and lemon!) and grill in foil. · Portobello mushrooms or zucchini – Marinate with simple balsamic vinaigrette and serve on a whole grain burger bun with all the fixings. Meat lovers will enjoy it, too! · Grill your tortillas along with some zucchini, bell peppers and onions for out-of-this-world veggie fajitas. Wrap them in foil and heat for 3-5 minutes, or place them directly on the grill for one minute for a quick, smoky char. · Halved peaches or pineapple rings – These make great salad toppers and desserts. Just drizzle with balsamic vinegar or sprinkle with cinnamon and your guests will be begging for seconds!
Do’s and Don’ts for grilling veggies and fruits: · DO get more flavor from the flames – Cutting veggies into slices provides more surface area on the grill, which gives more golden-brown goodness. · DO give ‘em some space – As you remove veggies from the grill, spread them out on a large baking sheet instead of stacking them, which can cause them to steam and get soggy. · DON’T “flip out”– Once it has hit the grill, handle your food as little as possible. Flipping or turning too soon can result in sticking.
Dress up your grilled vegetables · Brush vegetables with Dijon mustard before grilling, or finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a tangy flavor. · For a gourmet twist, scatter chopped, toasted nuts and finely chopped shallots over vegetables before serving. · A little zest goes a long way—add fresh lime, lemon or ginger to boost flavor.
About Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s nearly 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and cu rrently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.