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Tips and Ideas for Plant-Based Grilling

When people talk about grilling, most people immediately think of meat – hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and similar meats. Meat is not the only thing you can grill, though, and grilling plants for eating can be delicious and amazing! 

Recipe Ideas

Corn on the cob is a great option for grilling! That grill char on sweet corn makes the taste amazing! A little butter and salt will enhance the flavor even more. 

Grill up a whole salad! Slice or chop some bell peppers – any or all colors, a couple of zucchinis, a few ears of corn, a can of drained and rinsed black beans, and a bit of minced garlic. Toss them in a grill pan with a few tablespoons of olive oil, a bit of maple syrup, and a bit of mustard. Squeeze on some lemon or lime juice and a bit of balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Eggplant slices grill nicely. Salt slices and let them sit for an hour; the liquid in them will drain out. Toss the liquid and rinse the slices in cold water, then gently squeeze dry with paper towels or hand towels. Brush oil on the slices, add a bit of pepper, and grill until browned (about five minutes) then turn over and brown the other side. 

Grilled vegetable tacos are a great summer dish. Grill your choice of vegetables for filling; some good ones are avocado, bell pepper, zucchini, baby mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, corn, and onion. Grill corn tortillas to soften (wipe on oil, lemon or lime, and seasoning, if desired) about sixty seconds per side, then fold loosely and let cool before filling. Enjoy!

Portobello mushrooms are a great substitute for burgers, because they are the right size and have good flavor. Marinate them in a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper for a half hour or so (longer if you have time) after cleaning them with a damp towel (not wet). You can scoop out the gills if preferred. With the grill at medium high to high heat, grill the mushrooms 4-7 minutes per side, with good grill marks and softer flesh (but not mushy). Serve immediately on toasted bread with mayonnaise, tomatoes, and onions for a delicious dinner entrée.

Grilled pizza is one of the new fads, and a wonderful quick meal on the grill. If you make your own dough, you will want to get that ready the night before, for simplicity, but if you use premade pizza dough, it is a very quick prep. Using a grill pan on your grill or on your stove will support the pizza. Stretch the dough while your pan is pre-heating. Shape your crust. Oil the pan with spray or a brush of olive oil, and gently lay the crust onto the hot pan. When the top bubbles, after a couple minutes, flip it over and grill another couple minutes, then flip it back over and put your toppings on. Use heated sauce to help heat the other toppings or place it back just for a minute to warm up the toppings and melt the cheese if you added that, but be careful not to burn the crust in the process. 

Carrots are the right size to use as substitute “hot dogs.” Soak them in a marinade for better flavor and more even cooking. A good marinade can be made of soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and a bit of liquid smoke. Then grill for about ten minutes and prep them like hot dogs!

Tips

When grilling vegetables, oil lightly. Sprinkle on seasoning, and grill just a few minutes per side.

If you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them first so they do not catch fire.

Avocados cut in half grill nicely!

Baby potatoes are a good size to grill because they will cook through more quickly.

Fruits can be grilled, too! Try pineapple rings or peach slices.

Cauliflower slices (some call them “steaks”) grill up and are delicious topped with barbecue sauce and served with a salsa.

Sweet potato fries are easily done on a grill, and the char adds a dimension that oven roasting does not.

When you are trying a new vegetable, try grilling it! You might be surprised how much you like it that way. 

Tools

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Where to Buy

Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewer Set

17-inch Stainless Steel Skewers

Grilling Basket

Deluxe Grilling Basket

Professional-Grade Grill Pan

BBQ Grill Accessories Set

Grilling Tool Set with Glove

Grill Thermometer

Bluetooth Grill Thermometer

Mesh Grill Mat Set

Heavy Duty Non-stick Grill Mats

 

Lodge 10.5 Inch Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

This pre-seasoned pan is perfect for indoor grilling, whether you do not have an outdoor grill or whether you just prefer to cook in the house. This pan will allow you to get the same results for your food as cooking on the grill, with the convenience of cooking on the stove. 

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewer Set

This shish kebab set comes with six 13-inch skewers and a foldable rack to set the skewers on for easy grilling. This set comes with a bonus 50 bamboo skewers to use when cooking out.

17-inch Stainless Steel Skewers

These flat metal skewers help to keep the food from turning when you turn the skewers. This set includes 10 skewers and a canvas storage pouch.

Grilling Basket

This grilling basket is excellent for fish, shrimp, or vegetables. It has a removable handle and has a basting brush and storage bag included. Both the basket and brush are made from stainless steel. 

Deluxe Grilling Basket

Made to sit on the grill, this basket holds smaller vegetables that would otherwise fall into the fire. This basket is made of stainless steel. 

Professional-Grade Grill Pan

This stainless steel pan has 1/8 inch slits to allow drainage. The wide carrying handles make it easy to move from grill to table, and it cleans easily. 

BBQ Grill Accessories Set

This set contains everything needed to grill except the grill. The aluminum case contains a spatula, a fork, tongs, a basting brush with two extra heads, a grill brush, a grill thermometer, two grill mats, four skewers, and eight corn-on-the-cob holders. These tools come with a two-year limited warranty. 

Grilling Tool Set with Glove

This three-piece set includes a grill fork, a grill spatula, and grill tongs. A bonus grill glove is also included with the set. The tools have loops to hang them conveniently near the grill, and the rubberized grips ensure a secure hold. Built in to the spatula is a bottle opener.

Grill Thermometer

This two-inch thermometer measures from 100 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. It is made for easy installation on your grill. 

Bluetooth Grill Thermometer

Available in multiprobe or single probe, this thermometer has a range of up to 200 feet outside or 100 feet inside and can be viewed on your smartphone. The app can also set an alarm for the meat reaching a certain temperature. 

Mesh Grill Mat Set

This set of three non-stick grill liners are reusable and heat-resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also dishwasher safe!

Heavy Duty Non-stick Grill Mats

These grill mats come with a seven year warranty. Heat resistant to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a thicker grill mat than average. Easy to clean and easy to use!

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