Grilling Alternatives That Beat Your Meat

veggie lasagna

Summertime is pretty much grilling time, and while National Fresh Fruit & Veggie month might almost be over, it’s never too late to fire up the grill and toss on some delicious produce! Whether you’re a vegetarian or just need a little break from steaks & burgers, vegetables and fruit shine on the grill.

Vegetables are a great alternative to meat for the grill and a lot easier to keep your eye on. They are able to soak up that smoky flavor in just the few minutes needed to cook them. Here are a few tips to ensure delicious grilled veggies every time:

1. Use oil. Marinate your veggies or toss them with a small amount of oil (too much will cause some serious flames) before putting them on the grill. This will help veggies from drying out on the grill.
2. Try skewers or a grill basket. No vegetable is too small for the grill! Thread those cherry tomatoes on a skewer or toss ‘em in a grill basket. Or make your own basket with foil!
3. Size matters. Prep your veggies all the same size to guarantee even cooking times. For crispier veggies, slice them thinly!

Now what to make! Mushrooms, peppers, onions, eggplant and asparagus are superstars in the grilling realm. Use that corn from the local box in this Mexican Street Corn Salad or marinade local onions and squash (on sale!) for Tuscan Grilled Summer Squash. Reinvent classic dishes by utilizing your grill like this Grilled Tofu Lasagna recipe (pictured above). Grill your pizza or even your salad and don’t forget about your summer fruit! Try out this Grilled Peaches & Cream(y) Mozzarella Salad or use your cantaloupe from the Local Box for this Grilled Cantaloupe with Mint & Yogurt recipe.

Still craving that burger? Check out this week’s Farmstead Box for the perfect vegetarian alternative!

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in beautiful Austin, Texas with an appetite for all things delicious. She spent her early years joyfully baking and cooking and soon realized her favorite part about food was sharing it. She has stayed active in the local food movement from volunteering with non-profits to supporting local farms to getting her hands dirty building community gardens. Other than cooking, eating, and talking about food, Sarah also enjoys music of all kinds, the outdoors in general, and wine.