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Grill Vegetables — And Fruit

There are so many benefits to grilling vegetables. High in fiber, vitamins and minerals, veggies are the perfect foundation for a healthy lifestyle — and grilled, they have great taste and texture!

Here are a few different ways to grill your favorite produce.

Pro tip: Don’t have a grill? No problem! You can get the same delicious results using a grill pan on your stovetop.

grilled asparagus

Straight on the Grill

FOODPREPHEATTIME
Cut in half or quartersMedium High4-5 minutes on each side
Slice into 1/4-inch-thick roundsMedium High2-3 minutes on each side
Trim off bottom endsMedium High6-10 minutes
Cut into 1-inch-thick ringsMedium2-3 minutes on each side
Cut into slices, leave the rind onHigh Heat2-3 minutes on each side

Flavor tip: For these veggies, toss with olive oil and salt and pepper. This will help prevent them from sticking to the grill grates while also adding flavor.

Kabobs

Smaller veggies are best grilled using skewers.

FOODPREPHEATTIME
Leave WholeMedium High4-5 minutes on each side
Slice into 1/4-inch-thick slicesMedium High2-3 minutes on each side
Slice into 1/4-inch-thick slicesMedium High2-3 minutes on each side
Leave WholeMedium High4-5 minutes on each side

Grouping veggies on kabobs is a great way to maximize flavor. Pro tip: For more deliciousness, add onions and bell peppers to your kabobs. Of course, kabobs don’t have to be 100% veggies. Here’s a great, protein-packed chicken kabob recipe.

Foil Packs

The perfect way to get creative with your veggies? Foil packs! They’re great for capturing — and combining — wonderful flavors.

FOODPREPHEATTIME
Leave WholeIndirect Heat15-25 minutes
Trim off the endsMedium High15 minutes
Leave WholeMedium High25 minutes

Veggie Foil Pack Basics – Lay out one piece of foil about 12” x 24” and put the veggies in the middle. Sprinkle the seasonings (salt, pepper or your personal favorite) over the veggies, then drizzle with olive oil.

Pro tip: Skip the olive oil and seasonings and use light Italian dressing instead.

Fold the ends of the foil in towards each other to form a packet. Place foil packet on grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, then rotate and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

With flavor packs, the possibilities are endless. Mix, match and experiment to your taste buds’ content!

Shape Your Future

Trust us, there are so many ways to get your veggie and fruit fill on the grill. Mixing and matching produce is healthy, delicious and — most of all — FUN!

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