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Meatless Grilling Ideas

3 healthy grilling solutions for your summer


If you are like many people, you love to grill. However, with about a third of the population suffering from high cholesterol[1] grilling meat may not be an option. This does not mean that your grill or you have to suffer. You can still experience the smell of charcoal mixed with savory food wafting through the air with these three non-meat recipes.


The Shish Kabob

Shish Kabobs can be fixed in one of two ways. The most traditional method is to put the fruits and vegetables that you want onto a metal rod and cook them. However, this method is a bit restrictive and does not tend to have the desired results. Why? Well, fruits and vegetables cook at different temperatures and have different attributes. To get the best results:

  • Skewer your mushrooms through the stems. Do not cut them. This keeps the mushroom from splitting when cooking
  • Pineapples should be cut into even blocks to ensure consistency
  • Consider fire roasting your peppers and then cutting and adding them to your kabob rod

Once you have your fruits and vegetables cut and prepped, cook each on their own skewer. Ensure that you rotate the skewer periodically for even cooking. Avoid cooking on the center of the grill but use the sides to keep the fruits and vegetables from cooking too rapidly. When everything is cooked transfer the contents to bowls to allow for your party to construct their own Shish Kabobs to their taste.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilling corn is not that difficult to do. Yet, there are a few considerations. You cannot just put the corn on the grill and hope for the best flavor. To get the most out of your corn:

  1. 1.Strip the corn leaves down but do not remove them. Remove the silk fibers and any other material from around the corn.
  2. 2.Wash the corn in a cold water bath. Allow it to dry
  3. 3.Add a touch of paprika. After you add the seasoning pull the leaves back up around the corn.
  4. 4.Cook on low turning occasionally until done

The advantage of grilling with spice on your corn is that you take out the need for butter. And as most people grille vegetables for health reasons, this is a major plus. If you want to add a bit more flavor consider adding a touch of parmesan cheese after grilling.

Fire Roasted Peppers

Where you could use fire roasted peppers for the Kabobs, they are great to eat by themselves. It is very important that safety is observed when grilling the pepper. To properly fire roast a pepper:

  • Wear protective gloves to avoid getting the pepper in your eyes or irritating the skin
  • Wash the pepper and dry it
  • Turn your grill to medium and place the pepper on the center eye. Do not close the lid
  • Let the pepper rest on the grill and allow the flames of the grille to touch the pepper. Do not let it burn it. Your pepper will start to char which is what you want. You want a thin charring not a burn. Rotate the pepper until the entire pepper is black (including the top and bottom)
  • Take the pepper off the grille and put it in a covered pot immediately.  Do not cut the pepper or do anything to it. Once it is blackened take it off the heat and put it into a covered container for 10 to 20 minutes. This time allows the juices of the pepper to really seep into the pepper.
  • Using your gloved hand remove the char. Do not rinse the pepper as this will take away from the flavor. You will find the char will come off quite easily. If you need to use a tool use a butter knife.
  • Cut and serve

Do not cut the pepper. It is important that you keep the pepper in its original shape. The stem should be kept as long as possible as well to give your tongs something to grab onto when you are cooking.


Do you need great fruits and vegetables to grill? Trax Farms can help

Trax Farms, located in Finleyville PA just south of Pittsburgh, has over 15 departments within its farmer’s market filled with everything you will need for your summer grilling. Whether you are looking to find vegetables to plant in your summer garden so that you can enjoy grilling for the entire season, or if you are looking for produce for a summer get together, Trax Farms can help. If you have any questions about which foods are best to grille or which food combinations are best paired, let us know. We have over 150 years of farming experience here to help you.


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528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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