Meatless Monday: Veggies at a BBQ

We've all had the typical potato salad and broccoli salad while at outdoor parties and barbecues. However, they can get a little boring and tiresome - especially during this time of year when people attend more backyard parties. So how do you shake it up? Here are a couple of quick dishes you can try on the grill to add a little zing to your meal ... and keep some veggie friendly dishes on the menu!

Grilled potatoes. My newest obsession! Slice new red potatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Put them face down on a medium heat grill. Drizzle a little olive oil on the skin side if you like. Grill for about 15 minutes until tender. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with finely diced chives and serve with a side of sour cream. YUM!

Grilled Corn. I LOVE grilling corn on the cob. If you haven't tried it you definitely should - especially at this time of year because the corn is perfect. Keep the corn in the husk and soak it in a tub of cool water (with a palmful of sugar added) for 30 minutes. Drain it and throw it on the grill for about 35-45 minutes. It'll be so delicious you won't even need to add butter!

Grilled Basket 'o Veggies. This works with whatever veggies you have. Slice, dice, toss in a grill basket, drizzle with olive oil and grill for 10-15 minutes. Toss in fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, yum!) in last 3 minutes. Keep in mind that you want to cut into approximately the same size and use veggies witih similar cook times - potatoes and onions take longer than mushrooms and asparagus.

What are some of your favorite veggie dishes to serve at an outdoor barbecue?

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