Summer cookouts provide a great opportunity to visit and impress friends and family with your skills at the grill. This summer, add variety and healthy options to any cookout by grilling fruits and vegetables. Here are ideas to get you started:
- Cooking vegetables right on the grill adds flavor to any meal. Baste firm vegetables like peppers, corn, eggplant or onions. Season them with herbs and place on a hot grill until they are tender and brown — usually about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Place sliced zucchini, tomatoes and carrots on heavy-duty foil and sprinkle with a little water and seasoning. Wrap the foil and grill 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Make kabobs out of pineapples, peaches and bananas and grill on low heat until the fruit is hot and slightly golden.
Another great reason to add fruits and vegetables to your outdoor cooking repertoire: With the abundance of produce available this time of year, it's easy to eat your recommended 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day for optimal health.