Meatless Monday Summer Grilling Tips

10 tips for tasty, healthy (and vegetarian) meals

Make Vegetable Kabobs

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Kabobs are a BBQ staple that can easily go meatless. Add tofu cubes, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted potatoes, or any other vegetable that strikes your fancy.

Click here for the Grilled Tomatoes with Pesto recipe.

Easy Grilled Vegetables

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Many vegetables can be thrown right on the grill (with delicious results)! Try fresh corn, asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, squash, or bell peppers.

Give Grilled Fruit a Chance

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You can also add fruit to the grill for a sweet side or dessert. Try peach halves, pineapples, melon, kiwi, or figs with a touch of honey marinade.

Meaty Substitutes

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Swap your burger for a portobello mushroom or grilled eggplant slices. Put it on a bun and add interesting toppings like avocados, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, or an olive spread.

Quality Veggie Burgers

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Try a veggie burger recipe that celebrates hearty ingredients like black beans, lentils, quinoa, and chickpeas. You can also find pre-made patties at supermarkets and natural food stores.

Pizza Dough

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All you need is pizza dough, the usual toppings, and your favorite thinly sliced or pre-grilled vegetables to make a delicious, smoky pizza pie right on the grill.

Flavorful Grilled Tofu

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Use your favorite marinade recipe to add flavor to extra-firm tofu cubes. Grill tofu and add them to a salad, serve with veggies, or enjoy them on their own.

Creative Grilled Salads

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Try grilled vegetables to make a filling summer salad. Add a bit of fruit, feta, or olive oil to complete the dish; or think beyond lettuce and concoct a bean or grain salad.

Side Dishes

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Consider your sides when planning a meatless BBQ. Pasta salads, raw vegetables, and hummus dip are great ways to turn your plant-based dishes like this pasta fagioli salad into a full meal.

Sweet Desserts

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End the meal on a healthy note with a tray of fresh fruit, a parfait, or homemade smoothies.