Cre­ate Great Grilled Sides

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Cook­ing veg­gies on the grill can be a great way to en­joy their health­ful good­ness.

(NAPSA)-Mak­ing a healthy choice for your fam­ily can be eas­ier and more en­joy­able than many peo­ple re­al­ize. Con­sider this: Nutri­tion­ists say you should have at least five serv­ings of fruits and veg­eta­bles ev­ery day-and what bet­ter way to make them thrilling than by grilling? Whether you’re pick­ing them out of your own gar­den or pick­ing them up on sale at the store, when you have an abun­dance of fresh veg­eta­bles, it can be smart to give them a good grilling. Cook­ing veg­gies on the grill adds a hearty fla­vor and unique taste to pep­pers, onions, toma­toes, squash, as­para­gus and more. To keep them health­ful as well as tasty, it’s a good idea to brush them first with ver­sa­tile canola oil. It has a van­ish­ingly mild fla­vor of its own and a high smoke point that lets the fresh fla­vors of the sea­son shine through. Plus, canola oil is high in omega-3 and lower in sat­u­rated fat than any other cook­ing oil. Try it with this quick and easy recipe for a sa­vory dish that can make eat­ing all your veg­eta­bles a plea­sure.

Fresh Grilled Veg­eta­bles

3 to 4 ta­ble­spoons canola oil

2 tea­spoons finely chopped gar­lic

1/2 lb. fresh as­para­gus (6 to 8 stalks), with tough por­tion re­moved and stalks cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup fresh mush­room caps, sliced

1 red pep­per, sliced with seeds re­moved

1 pint cherry toma­toes

1 medium onion, sliced into 1/2” rings

1 cup sum­mer squash (green or yel­low), sliced

1 cup green beans or su­gar snap peas

1/4 cup basil leaves, torn loosely (op­tional) salt (op­tional) to taste freshly ground pep­per

Pre­heat grill to medium high. In a large bowl, toss the pre­pared gar­lic and veg­eta­bles with canola oil and sea­son with salt and pep­per as de­sired. Grill the veg­eta­bles, turn­ing oc­ca­sion­ally, un­til charred and ten­der, about 5 to 7 min­utes. Re­move to a serv­ing plat­ter. Sprin­kle with basil.

Learn More Go to www.north­ern­ for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and recipes.

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