I don’t know about you, but in our little part of the world it has been hot, hot, hot! While I am not one to complain about the heat, I actually really enjoy it, it does make a difference in the kitchen. We try to keep the majority of our cooking out on the grill or even pull out the pressure cooker to help keep the house cool.
I want to share with you a few of my favourite veggie and bean recipes for the grill. While I do enjoy a good steak or burger, the BBQ has a way of drawing out some fantastic flavours from your average veggie and I think it is time to let a little light shine on these little guys. I want you to love your veggies!
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
4-6 Portobello mushrooms
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp soya sauce or tamari
Remove stem and gills from mushrooms. Wash and pat dry. Combine garlic powder and soya sauce or tamari in a small bowl. Place mushrooms on grill and brush with sauce. Grill for about 3-4 minutes. Flip mushrooms over and repeat. Enjoy mushrooms as a side dish or feature them as your main dish. A large portabella mushroom can easily substitute for a hamburger patty!
Benefits of portabella mushrooms – source of fibre, low in fat, and is a source of B vitamins
Black Bean Burgers
This is easily one of my most favourite ways to eat black beans. This recipe is quick and easy and can get you out of a pinch when extra guests arrive unexpectedly for dinner. I almost always have a black beans in the pantry and salsa in the fridge. The rest of the recipe is pretty forgiving and flexible which means you really can’t go wrong. Don’t have bread crumbs, no worries, simply use some oatmeal. Don’t have cilantro? No problem. The burgers will still taste great! Click here for the recipe! I like to top them with tomatoes, avocado, peppers and cheese.
Step 1. Open fridge and see what you have in the veggie drawer. Step 2. Slice veggies into bite size pieces. Step 3. Drizzle with grape seed oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt. Step 4. Place veggies into grilling basket and cook to your liking.
Great grilling veggies: onion, peppers, carrots, celery, snap peas (toss in right at the end), zucchini.
This dish is super easy and yet bursts with flavour. Wash and dry tomatoes. Cut in half sideways. Sprinkle with a little garlic powder or sea salt. Grill on top rack for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy.