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July - Summer Time Grilling

Summer is my favorite time of the year. I love the hot weather, the bright sun, all the activities you can do outside and all the delicious food you can cook outside on your grill. Food just seems to taste better when cooked outside in the summer. And do not fall into the trap of thinking your only option is to grill veggie burger or veggie hot dogs. I have found you can grill a wide variety of different foods that you probably would never have considered grilling.

I have experimented with all kinds of vegetables, beans, nuts, and fruits cooked on the grill. Some have turned out great, others I have come to the conclusion it is better not to grill that particular food. And that is ok, if something does not work out, you just move on to the next thing to try. Basically the sky is the limit when you use your imagination in cooking.

Some of my favorites to grill are vegetables. Sweet potato being one of the best. You can get a nice blackened char on the outside of cut up sweet potatoes on the grill. Broccoli and cauliflower are another favorite when grilling. An easy way to prepare your vegetables for grilling is just use olive oil and sea salt. I season the vegetables first in a bowl then put them on the hot grill, comes out delicious every time. And my favorite vegetable to grill is onions. I like to leave them on the grill for a long time so some of them turn blacked and crunchy. Next time you are grilling be adventurous and grill some vegetables you have not tried on the grill yet.

Recipe of the month:

Grilled Romaine Lettuce and Cucumbers

2 whole heads Romaine lettuce
2 cucumbers

2 T. olive oil
2 T. tamari
2 T. brown rice syrup
2 T. brown rice vinegar

Cut the Romaine lettuce in half, length wise, leaving the core in the lettuce so the lettuce stays together. Cut the cucumber in diagonal slices approx. 1/4 inch thick. Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Lay the vegetables out in a shallow pan and pour the marinade over the vegetables. Let sit 15 minutes.

Heat your grill. Place lettuce halves on hot grill. Let cook for approx. 3 minutes then flip over and cook for another 3 minutes. Lettuce cooks fast. Remove from grill. Place cucumber slices on hot grill and cook for approx. 3 minutes per side. Cucumbers are done when they are slightly charred on both sides. Serve while warm or they also taste good room temperature and cold the next day.


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