The Grill of It All

8841384870_71b429f236_zAs we head into summer, and the days and evenings begin to get hot, lots of us keep the house cool by moving the cooking outside, making supper on the grill.

This week, we’ll expand our barbecue boundaries to also grill our side dishes.

Expand your “grilling vocabulary” beyond meaty main dishes.  Your backyard barbecue grill is perfect for cooking meat, poultry and fish. But it’s also a fantastic way to make the other courses of your warm-weather dinner: not only does your gas or charcoal grill cook the food, it also imparts a nice charred or smoky flavor as well.

These are some excellent grilled side dishes, many of which double as hearty meatless main dishes:

Balsamic Grilled Onions

Balsamic Grilled Eggplant (or zucchini, asparagus, tomato or onion)

Grilled Corn with Ancho-Honey Butter or Grilled Corn with Sweet and Spicy Butter

4765765051_95ec597e36_zGrilled Summer Vegetables with Harissa Dressing

Grilled, Filled Portobello Caps

Grilled Baby Carrot Salad

If you need some more encouragement to get your veggie grill on, here’s a great overview of how to grill vegetables, from

A few more thoughts…

Even dinner accompaniments, like bread, can be done up on the grill, like this Garlic-Oregano Grilled Pita Bread.

Pizza on the grill? Here’s our basic recipe for Grilled Pizza.

Dessert And Balsamic-Marinated, Grilled Stonefruit (peaches, apricots, nectarines) is a delicious dessert.  Both are super-simple to make, and healthy, too!

What are your favorite sides and desserts to make on the grill?

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