What better way to celebrate being an American than firing up that grill this 4th of July?!? Here are some healthy veggie side dishes to add to your July 4th menu this holiday!
Quick tip: Use a grill basket, or place tinfoil down on grill so you lose less veggies and for a quicker clean up!
1. Asparagus- a powerhouse of nutrients, folate and antioxidants!
After grilling, toss with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan cheese.
Always a staple in my house, add some corn on the cob to the grill this year! (I husk corn first then grill to get more flavor).
I use Brummel and Brown yogurt spread and then choose from herbs and other condiments to add some more flavor:
garlic, pepper, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, light mayo, sour dream or Greek yogurt spread, the sky in the limit!
Here is directions for Parmesan corn on the cob:
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.
Brush a thin layer of light mayonnaise on each ear of corn. Sprinkle the corn with the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Wrap each ear with aluminum foil and place on the grill.
Grill, turning occasionally, until the kernels begin to brown, about 10-14 minutes.
3. Mixed veggies:
Dice up your favorite vegetables, toss lightly in olive oil and throw in some garlic for flavor.. viola!
Choose any combo from the following: Tomatoes (deseeded), onions, red, green, yellow peppers, zuchinni, mushrooms,etc. I typically place some tin foil packets of these veggies where there is room left on the grill. Steam for 10-15 minutes.
4. Green Beans: Toss lightly with olive oil and some salt and pepper and grill for about 10 minutes in the grill basket.
5. Pineapple. (I know, I know, not a veggie but still packed with nutrients!).
Throw some slices of pineapple on the grill to add to your grilled chicken sandwiches, or add to your kabobs!
Happy 4th of July!
Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends!