What better way to celebrate being an American than firing up that grill for a July 4 cookout?!? Here are some healthy vegetable side dishes to add to your July 4 menu this holiday. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that counteract the effects of the cancer-causing chemicals that can be created by grilling meat. Enjoy these 6 ideas for grilling fruits and vegetables this July 4 holiday.
Quick tip: Use a grill basket or place tinfoil down on grill so you lose fewer vegetables and for a quicker clean up!
Asparagus is a powerhouse of nutrients, folate and antioxidants. This vegetable is high in iron, folate and vitamins K and A.
After grilling, toss with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan cheese. Or try this recipe for a grilled asparagus pasta salad.
Corn on the cob is always a staple. Add some corn on the cob to the grill this year. You can either husk the corn and wrap the corn in foil before grilling or soak the corn cubs, husks included, prior to grilling. Check out this recipe for grilled corn on the cob.
An alternative to preparing grilled corn on the cob, if you don't want to use butter, is to use Brummel and Brown yogurt spread and then choose from herbs and other condiments to add some more flavor: garlic, pepper, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, light mayo, sour cream or Greek yogurt spread. The sky is the limit!
Dice up your favorite vegetables, toss lightly in olive oil and throw in some garlic for flavor... viola! Choose any combination from the following:
Place some tin foil packets of these veggies where there is room left on the grill. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
Toss fresh green beans lightly with olive oil and some salt and pepper, and grill for about 10 minutes in the grill basket.
Throw some slices of pineapple on the grill to add to your grilled chicken sandwiches.
Yes, you can grill watermelon, despite its water content. The sugars in watermelon will still carmelize over the high heat. Check out this recipe for grilled watermelon that can be served alongside chicken, shrimp or ribs.
Happy 4th of July! Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends!