It's that time of year when the fruits and vegetables in your garden are turning ripe and you have more zucchini than you can shake a stick at. What to do? BBQ!
The easiest and most fun way to enjoy barbecuing fruits and vegetables is to make kabobs. Expanding your options beyond meat, potatoes and onions can open a whole new world of flavors.
For your meal, try fresh-from-the-garden sliced peppers, corn, eggplant, carrots, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. Baste firm vegetables with a marinade that's seasoned with herbs from your garden, then place them on the grill until tender brown -- about 5 to 10 minutes.
For dessert, and with a little help from your local farmer's market or supermarket, try peaches, nectarines, bananas and pineapple. Select fruit that is still firm to the touch and not fully ripened. Wash the fruit and cut it into wedges. Soak the wedges in lemon bath (3 parts water to 1 part lemon juice) for 30 seconds, then brush lightly with oil.
Grill on low heat until the fruit is hot and slightly golden. The heat will convert some of the starch to natural sugar and caramelize it, creating a wonderful taste sensation.
For an easy BBQ treat that requires no clean-up, sprinkle an assortment of fruit and vegetables with a good balsamic vinegar, a little olive oil, and a dash of salt and fresh herbs. Wrap it in aluminum foil and place it over medium-hot coals for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
And did I forget to mention that all these fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy?
Megan Porter, RD