Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dr. Jen’s Favorite Grill Recipe

I cannot express enough how much I love going to the local farmer’s market, picking up whatever is fresh and abundant, and plunking it on the grill. Although I’m careful to avoid charring (not good for little ones!), I do grill veggies and serve to my kids. I also used to put veggies on the upper rack and serve as finger food (cut in small pieces) for my kids when they were toddlers. I do not recommend pureeing grilled veggies for baby food. Please read my posting on food safety.

My fave fave five veggies to grill that my kids love too!
  1. Eggplant
  2. Zucchini
  3. Yellow squash
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Asparagus
I’m not a chef (but I play one on TV)—get it? There goes my sense of humor again—whoops! I do five things:
  1. Wash and trim veggies—peeling is not always necessary before grilling but check out the skin’s texture before serving to children. Avoid sweet potato skins though, which can be tough. Check out the eggplant skin for texture as well. 
  2. Spray the grill lightly with olive oil before lighting. 
  3. Spray the veggies lightly with olive oil. 
  4. Add a teeny bit of salt (and pepper, and sometimes funky spices for the adults).
  5. Grill until it looks right: soft, light brown (not black!) and DELISH!