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Tasty Super Foods On The Grill

Tasty Super Foods On The Grill

In the heat of summer, AKA grilling season, vegetarians and other health-conscious eaters shouldn’t get left out in the cold. Not only are there plenty of wholesome choices for grilling, some of those options are delicious super foods that may have many more traditional eaters reaching for them, too.

Sure it’s quick and easy to throw some Hebrew Nationals on the grill when you’re serving those who want to stay away from pork and artificial ingredients. Given that they’re tasty, 100% kosher beef franks with no fillers or artificial anything, Hebrew Nationals are a healthier alternative to traditional hotdogs. But would you want to eat them at every single cookout? Besides, vegetarians won’t go near them. So why not consider these alternatives?

Falafel is a Middle Eastern delight, consisting of seasoned balls or patties primarily made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans). A terrific vegetarian source of protein, chickpeas are also high in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Falafel is most often deep fried and served warm in pita bread with cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini (sesame seed paste).

Falafel readily lends itself to the grill, and can be made from scratch or purchased as a mix (with the caveat that any processing will lower the nutritional value). The sesame seeds, from which the tahini is made, are rich in protein and nutrients. Tahini can be made from scratch as well or purchased by the jar at ethnic markets or in the ethnic food aisle of grocery stores. Delicious and satisfying when served right off the grill in the traditional manner, falafel is also easy to adapt to your taste by adding eggplant and peppers to the mix of vegetables you serve with it, or swapping the tahini for some hot sauce or your favorite pickle relish.

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1 Melissa { 07.09.14 at 9:32 am }

Just wanted to add something here – even though the ingredients in Hebrew National hot dogs are kosher, they are not considered healthy by those of us that try to stay informed about healthy eating. The ingredient hydrolyzed soy protein contains naturally-occurring MSG and is not a good thing to eat. Besides that, it causes awful reactions in people like myself that are allergic to MSG. The sodium nitrite affects me the same way, along with many other people.

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