Grilling season is here, and that means many households are loading up on steaks, burgers and hot dogs. But for those who don’t eat meat – or don’t want to eat meat every time they grill, outdoor cookouts can be a disappointing repeat loop of soggy veggie dogs or dried-out veggie burgers.
According to dietitian Gloria Tsang, founder of the nutrition network HealthCastle.com and author of "Go UnDiet: 50 Small Actions for Lasting Weight Loss," there’s no reason meat has to get all the glory when it comes to hitting the grill. "There are plenty of non-meat grilling options that can extend the joy of grilling to non-meat eaters," Gloria says. "For those who tend to grill every night all summer long, they also provide a nice respite from grill-induced meat overload."
Here are HealthCastle.com’s top picks for non-meat grilling options:
- Veggie skewers: Brush mushrooms or eggplant with olive oil, garlic, and rosemary and alternate with peppers, onions, and even some pineapple.
- Portobello mushroom: Try brushing it with garlic and olive oil, or marinating it in balsamic vinegar or any marinade you'd use for steak.
- Tofu: Extra-firm tofu dipped in egg, coated with a thin layer of breadcrumbs, and grilled is anything but bland. Crispy on the outside and soft in the center, it’s truly delicious.
- Quesadillas: Fill tortillas with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheese, fold in half, and grill a couple of minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crunchy with grill marks.
- Fish and salsa: Grilled white fish like mahi mahi or cod becomes sublime when topped with a fresh fruit salsa with a pineapple or mango base.
Whether trying to please non-meat eaters or just looking to add some variety to your grilling repertoire, these non-meat grilling suggestions beat the veggie burger and veggie dog, hands down. More simple, small achievable actions to reclaim health are available on HealthCastle.com.