Grilling season is here! Someone actually counted, and it appears that 60% of Americans fire up the grill for the extended Memorial Day weekend. Grilled food tends to not just be a popular choice, but a healthier option, as well--there's none of the batter coating or dripping grease of fried foods. Not to mention some of the other things we love about grilling: smoky flavor, the fun varieties of marinades, the grill lines that form on the food, or the fresh taste that comes from cooking something over high heat for a short amount of time. What's not to love?
Good news for vegans or anyone trying to serve a five course all-grilled menu: meat doesn't have to be the only thing on the flame! Fruits and veggies are fair game, too. Cooking fruits and vegetables on the grill actually helps limit nutrient loss, brings out natural sweetness, and locks in flavor. Here are some tips for grilling produce from Jacqueline Gomes, R.D.:
- Choose fruits and veggies that are ripe, but not too soft so they’ll hold up well on the grill.
- Avoid direct heat or flames.
- Cut fruits and vegetables into large equal pieces to keep them from falling through the grates and to ensure even cooking.
- Grill fruits and vegetables with the skin on to help maintain the shape.
- Before or during grilling, brush fruits and vegetables with melted ghee, coconut, or avocado oil to help avoid sticking to the grates.
When it comes to serving up a dessert that pleases both your palate and your healthy lifestyle, grilled fruit is a terrific option. Fruits are naturally sweet and become even sweeter with grilling, making this combo a natural for dessert service. This Memorial Day, we suggest throwing a pineapple into the grocery cart along with the steaks, so you can enjoy this delicious (and ultra-low effort) dessert.
Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Drizzle
How It's Done
- Preheat your grill (or your indoor grill top!)
- Spray your grill with a nonstick spray (indoor), or grease your grill (outdoor).
- Grill the pineapple on medium high heat for three minutes on each side.
- Before serving, drizzle on some Cinnamon Honey Sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 pineapple sliced into spears or rings
- On a grill prepared with non stick spray, place pineapple slices over medium heat for about three minutes on each side.
- While the pineapple is grilling, mix together the honey (softened in the microwave for about 30 seconds) and the cinnamon.
- Drizzle the grilled pineapple with the cinnamon honey sauce and serve.
Recipe adapted from Wine & Glue.