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Pair With Anything Side: Marinated Grilled Vegetables

The other day TeamSugar member JessNess asked the Kitchen Goddesses for some help. She was looking for an easy, versatile recipe for tasty marinated, grilled vegetables. When veggies are grilled, they're given a smoky flavor, yet all of the sugars manage to shine through. Pair with everything from barbequed chicken to hamburgers. Unlike meat, veggies marinate quickly, so if you're short on time choose vegetables that are in season. Douse them with marinade and throw on the grill. You can't let summer pass without adding this recipe to your collection so,

Marinated Grilled Vegetables
From Reader's Digest magazine

3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup white or red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
3 tablespoons lime juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, sweet peppers, or portobello mushrooms or a combination, prepared for grilling

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except vegetables.
  2. Place grill-ready vegetables (except mushrooms) in a self-sealing plastic bag and pour in marinade.
  3. Seal and turn to coat vegetables. Refrigerate, turning occasionally for up to 4 hours.
  4. Remove vegetables from the bag and reserve the marinade.
  5. Preheat the grill. Oil grill to prevent sticking. Place vegetables directly over medium to medium-hot coals -- about 5 inches from the heat -- and grill, turning and brushing occasionally with marinade.
  6. Grill thick slices of zucchini or yellow squash, eggplant, whole tomatoes, mixed vegetables on skewers for 15 to 20 minutes: and whole zucchini, summer squash, large mushroom caps for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serves 4.

Per tablespoon marinade: Calories 41; total fat 4 g; saturated fat 1 g; protein 0 g; carbohydrate 1 g; fiber 0 g; sodium 100 mg; cholesterol 0 mg

Basil-Thyme Grilled Vegetables
Prepare as directed above, using the following marinade: 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons each chopped fresh basil and thyme or 2 teaspoons crumbled dried basil or thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Makes about 1 cup marinade.
Asian Grilled Vegetables
Prepare as directed above, substituting the following basting sauce for marinade: 1 finely minced large shallot, 4 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 minced clove garlic, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce. Do not marinate. Instead, baste just before grilling and once when turning halfway through cooking. If using mushrooms, leave caps whole. Makes about 1/4 cup basting sauce.

ALSW ALSW 10 years
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
You cant beat some grilled zucchini!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I made asparagus on the grill last night when I was visiting my parents yesterday and my mom LOVED it. So easy- rinse the asparagus, make a foil "pouch" for it and I drizzled some olive oil, salt/pepper and garlic blend on top. Closed the pouch and flipped it every time I did the chicken. Turned out wonderful. Even works on an open fire (learned while camping :)
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I like when kids grill. They make the best grillers.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 10 years
looks great!! and, we just got a grill - i think this may be our christening recipe!
audreystar audreystar 10 years
grilling out is fun. my friends and i do it a lot.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
It does look really good.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
That looks really really good. I love squash when it's grilled or steamed and with a little bit of freshly grated parmesan cheese over it. Mmmmm. :drool:
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
This is good I've grilled veggies a lot.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Veggies are fantastic grilled. We eat a lot of grilled and baked foods. Eat healthy.
OChottie OChottie 10 years
MMMM, sounds yummy. I have a nice veggie garden going so this is something we do all the time. I usually just grill onions or zuchs but I've never tried marinating. I just give a light spray of olive oil and a pinch of salt and cracked black pepper. Can't wait to try some of these recipes!
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