Summertime...perfect time for grilled veggies, grilled proteins, even grilled fruit! Chances are you’re heading to some barbeques these next few weeks, and if your friends are serving up some potato and macaroni salads, you’re better off coming prepared with your own stash of fresh veggies.
And here’s the really cool part: 1 POUND of raw zucchini is about 80 or so calories, and about 12 net carbs (not that we’re counting, but for you former Zoners you know that is just over one block). Point is that the sheer volume of food (and relatively low caloric value) is going to fill you up. Combine some grilled zukes with grilled red peppers, onions, you name it, chop them all up, toss with some fresh basil, pepper and olive oil and garlic. Anyone else thinking that sounds mighty good? Well, trust me, it is. And summertime is when you’ll see prices on zucchini and squash plummet as they come “in season.”
I know it’s hot out and the thought of cranking up the grill outside might sound about as good as a root canal. For those who wish to stay inside, Le Creuset makes a great two-burner, reversible grill pan that you can use on the stove top. Back in my Los Angeles living days this thing was perfect for grilling up all sorts of fun stuff (without standing over a hot grill).
What are your go-to grill items? I know Tracy and Charles are Big Green Egg owners and I stand by my statement that I think dirt might taste good cooked on the BGE. Favorites of mine are all kinds of veggies, bacon wrapped shrimp or scallops, salmon, and of course slow-cooked pork. Yummmmmmmm.
Next time you head to a friend’s for dinner, tell them you’ll be bringing the veggies, and grill up a ton of zucchini, yellow squash, you name it. Served hot or cold, I guarantee the freshness and flavor will win you and your friends over, and you’ll get nice and full on some fantastic carb choices (and they’re great to chop up the next day in your eggs as well!).
It’s good to be back with you 90 folks. Don’t forget to upload or e-mail your week 3 food logs by the end of Monday night! Hope everyone has a GREAT week 4!