Monthly Archives: September 2016

Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

Want to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables? Try grilling them!

The heat from the grill caramelizes the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables, giving them a tasty and sweeter flavor.

I had the opportunity to visit with a representative from Weber grills who is coming to my hometown — Lincoln, Nebraska — to show their new Husker-themed grills at the Nebraska-Oregon football game. Their Chef and Grill Specialist Tyler Selhorst will be on hand to talk about grilling and tailgating tips.

Grilled meat is the first food that usually comes to mind for tailgating and grilling. To round out the meal with more foods from the grill, I asked Weber for some tips for grilling fruits and vegetables.

Grilling Fruit

grilling fruit

Grilling fruit (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

Here are some general tips for grilling fruits from Weber.

  1. First preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes and then brush the grates clean.
  2. Prep whatever fruit you choose (rinse and peel/slice if necessary).
  3. Set the grill temperature between 350-450 F. (Alice’s note: This is a medium heat)
  4. Place fruit on the grill or in grill basket. Large slices can go directly on the grill, but small fruits like blueberries or raspberries will need to be placed in your grill basket.
  5. Grill fruit for about 6-8 minutes. The larger fruits may need an extra few minutes in order to really caramelize the fruit. (Alice’s note: Find sizes and approximate times for grilling various fruits here)
  6. Remove and serve!

Grilling Vegetables

vegetables grilled in a grill pan

Grilling vegetables (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

As easy way to grill vegetables is in a stainless steel vegetable basket. The basket prevents smaller vegetables from falling through the grill grate.

Weber gives these basic directions for grilling vegetables in a vegetable basket.

Location of Weber Tailgate at September 17 Husker Game

Husker-themed grill

Husker-themed grill (Image courtesy of Weber grills)

If you’d like to get some grilling and tailgating tips from Weber’s Chef and to see the Husker-themed grill, stop by their Tailgate, September 17 before the Nebraska-Oregon football game. They’ll be tailgating on Stadium Drive, on the west side of Memorial Stadium from 11:30 a.m. on Saturday until kickoff (2:30 p.m.)

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

roasted vegetable pasta with tomatoes, zucchini and yellow pepper

Roasted Vegetable Pasta (Photo by Alice Henneman)

While I enjoy cooking, I like lingering over a meal of good-tasting food even more! When I received, my latest CSA box from Pekarek’s Produce, I was originally going to create some type of roasted tomato sauce with the cherry tomatoes. Roasting adds an extra layer of flavor to foods.

Then, I thought again … and decided why not roast the zucchini and yellow pepper also. And, only have to cook once to enjoy all of these foods.

And that’s what I did … it was so easy and so delicious! Here are the directions …

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Watermelon Selection and Preparation

watermelon

(Photo by Alice Henneman)

My latest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box courtesy of Pekarek’s Produce contained a large, luscious watermelon. What’s the best way to eat a watermelon that already looks and tastes great? Just slice it, bite into it and enjoy! Here are a few tips on selecting, storing and preparing a great-tasting watermelon …

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