Friday, July 29, 2011

Savoring Seasonal Vegetables

One great thing about summer is that you can simply start your grill and cook a number of quick meals in a matter of minutes.  For a quick, healthy and delicious way to eat your vegetables, grill them.  Then eat them as is, in a salad or with bread - they are succulent and flavorful.  Toss in some spices or home made dressing, mix and match, and you have enough variety for a whole week.

Let's start off with some grilled peppers, eggplants and zucchini.

Grilled Vegetables

2 cups Slices/Strips of  peppers, eggplants and zucchini - make it colorful
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp Red crushed pepper/curry powder for spiciness (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until all vegetables are coated evenly.

Grill on each side for a couple of minutes each, until done and marked.

This may be eaten with yogurt relish on the side (great on a hot day).  Add other vegetables such as onions, tomatoes,potatoes or mushrooms.  You could also add tofu.  If you are making a veggie panini, add goat cheese for that extra punch.  Experiment with other herbs and spices to make these your own!  Enjoy...

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