Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegtables

Grilled zucchini is a favorite of mine, especially since you can really use any marinade you want and get slightly different flavors. This recipe is more just a set of suggestions. You can grill whatever veggies are on sale that week and use whatever marinade you like or is on sale.

This is a great side dish at any time of year. When it isn’t grilling season I like to roast these veggies as well.

Stores with Ingredients on Sale:
     Shoppers- Red, Orange, Yellow Bell Peppers, Yellow or Green Squash, MasterpieceMarinade, Wishbone dressing
     Safeway and Pavilions- Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Vaidila Onions
     Superfresh- Red Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, America’s Choice Marinade, Ken’s Dressing
     Kroger- Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions

Cost: Depending on where you shop and what marinade you use it should cost $8 or less for this side dish.

Quick tip: If you want to use a veggie grill pan, they sell throwaway aluminum ones in the grocery store for cheap. It makes the process very easy.

Ingredients

2 medium Zucchini
2 medium yellow Squash
½ pint cherry tomatoes
2 Onions
2 Peppers (any color)
1 cup Marinade (see options)
Salt
Pepper

Marinade options

As mentioned above you can use any marinade you want. I like Newman’s Own Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette or Wegman’s balsamic delight dressing. Another simple alternative is to use your favorite Italian dressing. You can make your own marinade as well by mixing 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 ½  tsp Dijon Mustard, salt, pepper. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl.

Instructionsveggies on grill

There are a number of different ways you can grill these vegetables.  You can make a foil pack, use skewers or a grill veggie basket, or place them directly on the grill. This last option really works best if you have an electric grill because nothing will fall through. The foil pack will steam the veggies as they grill.

Decide which way you are going to cook the vegetables before you cut them because it will make a difference in some cases. I recommend cutting the onions into thick rings unless you are going to skewer them, it might be easier to quarter them in that case. The zucchini and squash can either be cut lengthwise or into ¼ thick circles. Leave the peppers in fairly large chunks no matter which method you are using.

After cutting the veggies place them in a large ziplock bag or bowl, pour marinade over veggies and mix to make sure everything is coated. You can grill them right away or let them sit for a little while to absorb more of the flavor.

The tomatoes do not generally take as long to cook as everything else, but you can put them on at the same time and just watch them. Everything else will take 15- 20 mins. Make sure you flip at least once in the cooking process, obviously about half way through.

 Once they are done cooking all you have to do is enjoy!