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You Can Grill That?!

You Can Grill That?!

Summer is a great time to embrace the latest trend–“clean” eating, that is, eating the freshest, healthiest, and least-processed foods–and enjoy one of the ultimate seasonal activities–grilling–at the same time. Think of any category or group of food or any type of meal, and you can be sure to find a grilled version.

We often think of grilling for an afternoon cookout or dinner party, but why not consider breakfast on the grill? There are few things more enjoyable than drinking coffee and reading the paper outside in the cool of a summer morning; adding some French toast kebabs or a grilled breakfast pizza will make the pleasure of beginning your day outdoors even more delicious.

For that matter, is there a type of pizza that doesn’t lend itself to the grill? Make your own whole wheat crust, and get creative with your toppings. If you’re short on time, use a pre-made crust, pita bread, tortillas, or wraps–or pick up some naan and give your grilled pizza an Indian twist by using garlic, onions, spinach, Indian spices, pistachios, and paneer (Indian cheese) or farmer’s cheese.

Grilled vegetables as pizza toppings set appetites ablaze, but they’re also delectable on their own. Corn, mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini are among the more traditional options. Portabellas hot off the grill and combined with basil, tomatoes, and feta makes an incredibly satisfying and sumptuous meal.

More unusual selections include artichokes, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, kale, and romaine. For extra-flavorful results, marinade them in your favorite dressing in advance, or keep them simple with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh pepper. Kale, which can be a bit tough, becomes crispy and wilted when grilled. Enjoy it on its own, or add it to salads for a different kind of crunch. Use grilled romaine for the next Caesar salad you serve to summer guests, or surprise them even more with a charred, smoky salad of grilled romaine with blue cheese and bacon. Either way, you’ll set their taste buds on fire.

Why not end the day with a grilled treat? Your choices run from the sublime to the truly ridiculous. Consider grilling your favorite tropical fruits–think mango, papaya, pineapple, or even watermelon, either plain or lightly flavored with fresh ginger and honey.  Or try one of my all-time summer favorites, grilled peaches. They’re unbelievably luscious on their own or with a bit brown sugar and cinnamon. When you melt some bittersweet chocolate on top of them, the result is awe-inspiring!

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1 Coy Allen { 06.26.14 at 4:33 pm }

Mr. Food of TV has a very tasty fun receipe for Beer Can Chicken on the grill. We tried it and it is great; will do again.

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