Nearly everyone has grilled the classics – hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and shish kebabs. The next time that you host a barbecue, consider grilling something new. There are plenty of delicious yet healthy grilling options, and some of these foods may be found in your own garden. Consider these tasty foods to grill at your next cookout.
Instead of wasting money on take-out, cook your own pizza right on the grill. Brush some olive oil on flattened dough and throw it on a rack. Once grill marks appear on the bottom of the pizza, add your sauce, cheese, and desired toppings. Continue to grill it until the cheese is melted.
For a more luxurious meal, opt for lobster straight from the grill. Heat the lobster until the shell turns a rosy red color and the flesh is tender.
If you like a treat that’s both smoky and sweet, then grilled watermelon may be for you. Cut the fruit into manageable slices, sprinkle on some salt, and throw the slices on the grill.
If you’re a vegetarian, veggie burgers are not the only meat-free meal you can enjoy from the grill. Cut some tofu into thick slices and soak the slices in your favorite marinade to add flavor. Tofu slices take only minutes per side on the grill.
5. Red Peppers
Grilled red peppers have a tender texture and a subtle smoky flavor. Serve chunks of this tasty veggie on top of crunchy bread, in a summer salad, or in a homemade salsa.
When most people think of lettuce, they think of a cold salad. But lettuce can be grilled to create a healthy, warm meal. Slice romaine hearts in half and add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt to each section. Grill until slightly charred.
Instead of getting your fries frozen from a bag, make your own with some fresh potatoes. Cut potatoes into wedges and toss them with olive oil and desired seasonings. Grill for 10 minutes on each side.
If you’re a lover of seafood, grilled clams can be a unique treat. Purchase one to two dozen fresh clams and clean them well under cool water. Grill the clams on high heat, and when they pop open, they’re done.
Portobello mushrooms are a healthy barbecue food full of essential nutrients. To grill these vegetables, remove the stems and rinse the caps under cool water. Pour a mixture of olive oil, garlic, onion, and vinegar on top of the mushrooms (gill side up) and allow them to cook on the grill for 10 minutes.
Give artichokes a smoky flavor by putting them on the grill. First, boil the artichokes before bringing them outdoors. Slice each artichoke in half, brush it with olive oil, and add a pinch of salt. Grill on each side for four to five minutes.
This summertime favorite is not just good cold but can also be a tasty warm treat. Coat the outsides of the strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle on some sugar. Grill for just one to two minutes on each side.
12. French Toast
Breakfast is great any time of the day. Make some French toast bites by soaking cubes of crusty bread in an egg batter. Slide the cubes onto a skewer and cook them on the grill for two minutes on each side over medium heat.
Fresh zucchini can be served in a wide variety of ways, including fresh off the grill. Slice a zucchini into rounds and season with olive oil, garlic, and basil. Cook the zucchini slices on the grill for five minutes on each side or less if you prefer a crunchy texture.