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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Surviving Summer Pot Lucks: Grilled Veggies!!

The summer months bring with them plenty of gatherings that challenge my willpower to stick with a healthy diet.  Pot lucks are fraught with a tempting selection of chips and dips, high-carb salads with potatoes or pasta, and sweets galore.  This year, I've managed to get through several parties without indulging by bringing a medley of grilled veggies each time.  Paired with some grilled chicken or tri-tip and a nice green salad, we avoid temptation by avoiding hunger.

To make this particular batch, we cut up a selection of veggies including bell peppers, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms.  Any combination of veggies you like will do!  In a large bowl, we toss the cut veggies with some grapeseed oil, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper.  For this batch, my husband tossed in some sunflower seeds as well - yummy!

We use this grilling basket on the BBQ to grill the veggies.  My husband usually takes care of the grilling, so I got these details from him.  He starts with them on a hot flame, stirring to sear the edges.  After the veggies sear, he turns the flame down so the temperature comes down to ~400 degrees F.  He adds a layer of tin foil under the grilling basket to catch the juices and achieve a steaming effect by cooking them with the grill closed until they are done (for this batch it was another 30 - 40 minutes, but would depend on the grill and the size of the batch, of course). 

When taking these to a pot luck, we grill the veggies ahead of time, then keep them warm by making a foil packet big enough to contain all the veggies after they're cooked.  We put the foil packet full of veggies inside a small baking sheet.  When we arrive at the party, we can reheat the veggies if necessary, open the packet, and add a serving spoon.  Super easy, soooo yummy, and wonderfully healthy!

How do you stick with your healthy eating plan away from home??

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