Healthy Grilled Veggies

So we talked about why you need an outdoor kitchen but what do you cook when it’s finally installed?  This is Texas so we are not going to talk about BBQing meat because you are all experts. Instead here are a couple of my favorite healthy grilled veggies:

Grilled Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash is all the rage these days because of it being a great replacement for pasta. It is a healthy alternative to the carb overload of eating traditional pasta.  While browsing Pinterest you are sure to find many ways to prepare this excellent vegetable.  We always used to bake it in the oven, which was fine but then I discovered the grill.  Tuck this recipe into your apron to try next time!

Time:

Prep Time: 5 Mins

Cook Time: 45 – 55 Mins

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spaghetti Squash

 

Start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise. Clean out the seeds from the inside (these should be easy to remove but don’t get into the “meat” of the squash).  Spread olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic inside (to taste).  Place the spaghetti squash cut side up onto the hot grill.  Cook it with the lid closed for 45 – 55 minutes.  When the squash is cooked the inside will be tender and scoop-able.  It should come out looking like cooked thin spaghetti noodles.

Grilled Romaine

This is my go to.  We often use this as a side or add some meat and make it the main course. When I am picking out a head of romaine at the store I always try to get the greenest leafiest one there.

Time:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Romaine Lettuce

Start by cutting the head of romaine in half.  Spread olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper on the cut sides of the head of lettuce.  Place non-cut side of the lettuce onto the hot grill.  Halfway through flip and put the cut side down onto the hot grates.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until the outside leaves get crispy.  The crispy leaves are my favorite! Once removed from the grill cut up the head of lettuce and add your favorite salad toppings.

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