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How to Grill Vegetables

Next time you're doing the honors with a grilled entree, arrange vegetables on the grill at the same time. Read on for a recipe and a chart showing how to grill vegetables.

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Grilled vegetables are a healthy addition to a meal.

Rinse, trim, and cut up vegetables. If advised (see below), precook vegetables: In a saucepan, bring a small amount of water to boiling. Add vegetables and simmer, covered, for time specified in chart. Drain well. Generously brush vegetables with olive oil, margarine, or butter before grilling to prevent them from sticking to the grill rack. Grill over medium or medium-hot coals.

To grill, place vegetables on a piece of heavy foil or on the grill rack directly over the preheated coals. If putting them directly on the grill rack, lay them perpendicular to the wires of the rack so they won't fall into the grill. Grill, uncovered, for time in chart or till tender, turning occasionally. Watch closely to prevent charring.

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Asparagus Snap off and discard tough bases of stems. Precook, then tie asparagus in bundles with strips of cooked green onion tops. Precooking Time:3 to 4 minutes Grilling Time:3 to 5 minutes

Fresh baby carrots Cut off carrot tops. Wash and peel. Precooking Time:3 to 5 minutes Grilling Time:3 to 5 minutes

Eggplant Cut off top and blossom ends. Cut eggplant crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices. Precooking time:Do not precook. Grilling Time:8 minutes

Fennel Snip off feathery leaves. Cut off stems. Precooking Time:Precook whole bulbs for 10 minutes. Cut bulbs into 6 to 8 wedges. Grilling Time:8 minutes

Sweet peppers Remove stem. Quarter peppers. Remove seeds and membranes. Cut peppers into 1-inch-wide strips. Precooking Time:Do not precook. Grilling Time:8 to 10 minutes

Leeks Cut off green tops; trim bulb roots and remove 1 or 2 layers of white skin Precooking Time:10 minutes or till tender. Halve lengthwise. Grilling Time:5 minutes

New potatoes Halve potatoes. Precooking Time:10 minutes or till almost tender Grilling Time:10 to 12 minutes

Zucchini Wash; cut off ends. Quarter lengthwise into long strips. Precooking Time:Do not precook. Grilling Time:5 to 6 minutes

Crookneck squash Rinse, trim, and slice 1 inch thick. Precooking Time:Do not precook. Grilling Time:5 to 6 minutes

For a fancy finish, spread this delectable butter on your vegetable as it grills.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground macadamia nuts or almonds
  • 2 tablespoons walnut, almond, or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 pounds fresh vegetables, such as asparagus, baby carrots, fennel, sweet peppers, crookneck squash, leeks, eggplant, tiny new potatoes, and/or zucchini

In a small saucepan combine butter, nuts, oil, and cilantro or parsley. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or till nuts are toasted, stirring occasionally.

Prepare and grill vegetables according to the directions, brushing occasionally with nut butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Makes 8 side-dish servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 126 cal., 11 g fat, 15 mg. chol., 131 mg sodium, 7 g carbo., 1 g fiber, 2 g pro. Daily Values: 10% vit. A, 17% vit. C.

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