Summertime means grilling. As soon as the weather breaks and the sun stays up longer, you can hear almost every grill in the neighborhood being wheeled out, and smell the aroma of hot dogs, steaks, and sausages filling the air. While delicious, these red meats and other less-lean portions aren’t at the top of the health charts. When you’re looking for a healthier meal option but don’t want to compromise on the smoky, perfectly charred effects the grill produces, introduce veggies instead.
These four vegetarian recipes are made for the grill and sure to leave you feeling just as full, satisfied, and happy as their meat alternatives—all with a healthy twist.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Not only are sweet potatoes tasty, they also provide many health benefits, including digestive and heart health, anti-inflammatory effects, immunity support, and an abundance of vitamin A, which helps eyesight. Try this fresh take on the sweet potato that includes adding cherry tomatoes to make a tangy salsa, fresh herbs and veggies, like corn and cilantro, and a ton of flavor.
Sounds a little out of the ordinary, right? Grilling a vegetable mostly known for filling up a salad bowl. But give this healthy take on the Caesar salad a try, and you won’t be disappointed. The just-right grilled flavor gives romaine a smoky taste and a semi-crisp texture, and using Greek yogurt to make your own dressing adds bonus health points, giving you a fun new way to eat a classic.
Grilled Tofu Tacos with Avocado Cream
Tofu isn’t always thought of as the most exciting or tasty food, but think of it this way: Tofu takes on the taste of whatever you marinate it in, so give these simple, yet surprisingly scrumptious tofu tacos a try next time you’re not feeling meat as a meal. This meat substitute is easy to grill, easy to season, and you can add even more veggies to the recipe if you’re feeling like filling up on your vitamins. Plus, the avocado cream is simple to make and ties the entire dish together.
Grilled Portobello and Peach Panini
When you’re really craving meat, but don’t want to break your health kick, opt for portobello mushrooms as a replacement. Their thick texture mimics meat. Also, they are filled with antioxidants, reduce the risks of cancer, provide anti-inflammatory properties, and are low in sodium. Beyond those benefits, portobellos have an interesting taste that pairs well with adventurous flavors, like this peach-inspired recipe.
Next time you’re grilling, just remember: A little creativity and a lot of fun flavors can turn a simple vegetarian dish into a mouthwatering grilled masterpiece.