The grilling season is officially here and it is not for meat eaters only. Both vegetarians and vegans enjoy these fantastically delicious grilled vegetables while reaping all the best benefits they have to offer.
Whether eaten as a healthy afternoon snack or a refreshing side dish or used in your spring salads, the following veggies are perfect for grilling and they are incredibly yummy and nutrient-dense. Just make sure, they are organically grown.
My absolute favorite, zucchini is definitely the yummiest vegetable for grilling this spring. Rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, along with potassium, magnesium, and iron, crisp-tender grilled zucchini will rock your whole world in a jiffy. When grilled, zucchini boasts natural sweetness, making it an amazing snack to eat on the go. An added bonus: grilled zucchini is very low in calories.
One of the most underrated vegetables and one of the best replacements to meat, eggplants are slightly savory and amazingly meaty, when grilled. They are a fabulous source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, fiber, protein, and vitamin C, and are relatively low in calories. Plus, they are easy to grill.
With a great variety of edible mushrooms out there, you can never go wrong with the grilled ones. Most types, especially Portobello or cremini, make an amazing replacement for meat. They are filling, healthy, meaty, earthy, and rich in unique flavor that doubles when grilling. Use grilled mushrooms in vegan burgers, kabobs, on toasts, or in salads.
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Onion, especially a red variety, is another yummy veggie for grilling that many people skip. Onions help to strengthen your immunity, which tends to be weak when the spring season comes. Add grilled onions to your salads or use them in vegan kabobs and burgers for a sweet and hearty taste.
5. Bell peppers
Not only are grilled bell peppers full of fabulous flavor, but they also add tons of nutrients to your meal plan and a vibrant color to your plate. Bell peppers are naturally sweet and a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants that ward off many diseases.
6. Sweet potatoes
Surprised? I’m not. The first time I tried grilled white potatoes, I knew grilled sweet potatoes would be even tastier. Season them with Italian herbs, dill, or salt, and you will get a much healthier and tastier replacement to those popular french fries. One sweet potato provides your body with 368% of recommended daily vitamin A intake, not to mention that it is an excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber, and protein.
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Though technically a fruit, any kind of tomato can be grilled and used in your favorite meals, or even eaten alone or with other grilled veggies. Drizzle the olive oil or balsamic vinegar over the cut sides of your tomatoes – opt for heirloom, plum, or beefsteak tomatoes – and sprinkle with salt, garlic, black pepper, or thyme. Place them, cut sides up, on the preheated grill, and grill for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to show the beautiful grill marks.
No matter what veggies you choose to grill, this is a good way to boost your immune system and increase your energy levels naturally. What are your favorite vegetables that you are going to grill this spring?