Grilling Season is Here!
We’re ready to redefine the traditional cookout by moving veggies to the main course and giving them more of that flame-broiled love.
Because really, just about any and every piece of produce can be grilled, all it takes is a little know how and imagination. So to help you get over the hurdle of the how-to, we’ve created a guide for getting the most out of your summer grilling experience the plant-based way.
Embrace The Unexpected & Up the Steaks
This summer, use your grill as an opportunity to push past the typical kebabs, pepper & onions, or grilled summer squash and try something new. Whole portobello mushrooms will rival any burger and thick slices of cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant and cabbage make for a hearty meal when drizzled with a sauce like schug, salsa, pesto, chimichurri or a vinaigrette and accompanied by your favorite sides.
4 Steps To Perfectly Grilled Veggies
Decide on the size of your cut, remembering that the smaller your pieces are, the faster they will cook.
Size will also affect how much caramelized and smokey flavor they will pick up. If your pieces are very small, consider putting them on a skewer or in a grill basket to prevent them from falling through the grate.
To prep your produce right, you really only need to brush veggies lightly with oil to lessen the chances of them sticking to the grill.
A simple sprinkle of salt & pepper and you are usually good to go for any recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other seasoning blends or different marinades.
Be sure to watch your heat.
Unless otherwise specified in a recipe, a medium temperature is your safest bet - which is equal to about 350°F. Hotter than that and your vegetables might char quicker but not be cooked evenly through, less than that and your cooking time will extend.
Generally speaking, since most vegetables can be eaten raw, grilled veggies can basically be cooked to your liking.
You get to decide whether you want to retain a little crunch or cook until soft. Just keep an eye on them and poke with a fork from time to time until you they meet your desired consistency. Tender vegetables (like asparagus for example) will take less time, while those that are more dense (like potatoes) will require more. That said, we’ve provided some approximate cooking times below:
Steam for 20 minutes, then grill for 5 - 10 minutes
3- 4 minutes
Beets - sliced
8 - 10 minutes per side
Broccoli & Cauliflower steaks
5 - 7 minutes per side
Brussels Sprouts - skewered
10 minutes (turning frequently)
4 - 8 minutes per side
Carrots - whole
5 - 7 min (turning frequently)
Corn in the husk
15 - 20 minutes (turning every 5 minutes)
3 - 4 minutes per side
10 minutes per side
4 minutes per side
Portobello Mushrooms - whole
3 - 4 minutes per side
1 - 2 minutes per side
Summer Squash planks
3 - 5 minutes per side
Sweet potato wedges
5 minutes per side
10 - 15 minutes or until bursting
Skewered vegetables, Chopped vegetables in a grill basket, or Foil wrapped vegetables
10 - 15 minutes (turning frequently)