Today is Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, and the unofficial end of grilling season.
We love to grill, and fire it up pretty often. Mostly we cook boring chicken, but with Jafta’s rapid ascent (descent?) into foodie obsession, we’re always up for trying something new. So I did my homework—this is an excellent grilling book, and so is this one—and it turns out meat is not the only thing that does well on the grill. Anyone up for grilled fruit? Veggies? Dessert?
Check out the gallery below for some of the things we may try for Labor Day. If not today, then later this fall. (We live in SoCal. Grilling season is year-round. Booyah.)
12 Delicious Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill 1 of 13
Click through for some great fruits, vegetables, and desserts you can cook on the grill.
Peaches 2 of 13
Cut them in half and remove the pit, rub them with butter and cinnamon, and then grill them butter-side down for 4 minutes on each side (or until soft). Peaches are high in beta carotene, vitamin C, and fiber.
Watermelon 3 of 13
I had no idea. Cut them into slices, sprinkle with salt and let drain on a paper towel for about 30 minutes. Then pat dry both sides with the paper towel, brush them with olive oil, and grill for about 5 minutes on each side. Watermelon is high in lycopene, which might help prevent certain kinds of cancers.
Pineapple 4 of 13
If you've ever had chicken teriyaki, this probably isn't a huge surprise, but grilled pineapples are amaze-balls. Cut them into slices, sprinkle with cinnamon and grill for 3-4 minutes each side. These are high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber. And they're delicious with chicken, if I do say so myself.
Grapes 5 of 13
Another big surprise. Grilled grapes! Put these on a skewer between bites of chicken or shrimp. They're high in vitamins C and K.
Avocado 6 of 13
Cut them in half, leaving the skin on. Take out the seed/pit. Coat it with olive oil, then grill cut-side down for 5-7 minutes. When finished, top them with salsa, Greek yogurt, and corn. These are high in all kinds of vitamins and potassium.
Asparagus 7 of 13
Clean them, trim them, and then coat them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put them on the grill for 3 minutes, rolling them as necessary. Lots of vitamins.
Romaine Lettuce 8 of 13
Another who knew? Wash a head of romaine and cut it in half, then season it with olive oil and lemon juice. Grill 3-4 minutes on each side. Romaine is high in protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C and K.
Zucchini 9 of 13
If you know anyone with a garden, then you probably will end the summer with too much zucchini and squash on your hands. Slice them into rounds and drizzle with olive oil and garlic. Cook for 5-6 minutes each side, and serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese. High in fiber, manganese, and vitamins A & C.
Quesadillas 10 of 13
Now that we've gotten the veggies and fruit out of the way, here's some fun (and possibly less healthy) stuff. Brush olive oil on a tortilla and toss it on the grill. Top with cheese, meat, beans, and veggies of your choosing. Once the cheese melts, fold the tortilla over and press together. Top it with guacamole and sour cream.
Pizza 11 of 13
Yep, pizza. Brush olive oil on pre-made pizza dough and put it on the grill. When you see grill marks on the dough, take it off. Add toppings to the grilled side and put it back on for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese gets bubbly.
French Toast 12 of 13
I can't wait to try this. Soak cubes of bread in egg batter, then sprinkle with cinnamon. Skewer with your favorite fruit. Two minutes on each side.
Bananas 13 of 13
How about grilled dessert? Cut a banana lengthwise. Put it in a piece of foil. Sprinkle chocolate chips, peanut butter, marshmallows or whatever you like inside. Wrap it and cook for 15 minutes. Top with ice cream.
OR, another recipe: Cut the banana lengthwise but leave the peel on. Grill cut side down for 2-3 minutes. Then peel it and top with ice cream, chocolate sauce, cinnamon-sugar, or whatever else.