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Healthy Goodness: How to Grill Vegetables the Right Way
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Healthy Goodness: How to Grill Vegetables the Right Way

Most people know that vegetables are good for the body as they have the vitamins and nutrients that are needed to carry out the daily functions of the body. While fresh vegetables taste good, grilling them delivers a better flavor at times. They also take on a different texture that is unlike what they would be when they are fresh. The best vegetables to grill are those with a lower water content. You should wrap the vegetables in aluminum foil to seal in the flavors unless you want to get beautiful grill marks by placing them on the grilling surface.

Eggplant

When you're grilling eggplant, it's best to leave it bare instead of wrapping it like you would with corn or squash. Peel the eggplant first before adding a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Garlic salt and Italian seasonings work well with grilled eggplant. Try combining the vegetable with a pasta dish after it's done cooking. Let the eggplant stay on one side for about 10 minutes before turning over.

Zucchini

This is a vegetable that sometimes works better with a propane grill so that you can get more of a steamed effect instead of the smoky taste from a charcoal grill. You may want to take a look at the competitive Kitsap propane prices to find what is best for you so that you can keep your grill fueled and ready to take on as many vegetables as you are grilling up. Anyway, there are several ways to slice the zucchini, but the best for grilling is lengthwise unless you're making a kabob with other vegetables. If you leave the skin on, let the zucchini grill for about 10 to 15 minutes, but if you remove the skin, then it only takes about five to seven minutes for it to get done.

Sweet Potatoes

Grilling sweet potatoes gives you a delicious side dish. Wrap each potato in aluminum foil. You can brush the potato with vegan butter or oil before wrapping. It does take a bit longer to grill since it's a larger vegetable, but you'll notice a difference as it will be a bit more tender than it would have if it were baked. After grilling, add brown sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat.

Sweet Peppers

These are vegetables that deserve a bit longer on the grill to get beautiful black marks on the outside. Cut the peppers in half, removing the seeds. You could stuff the peppers with mushrooms, vegan cheese or even vegan ground crumbles that have already been browned.

Hopefully, you are now prepared to start grilling up some delicious vegetables that will add to the quality of your meals. As you get more comfortable with these four, you can branch out to experimenting with other veggies too!

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