WRITTEN ON August 29th, 2009 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Zucchini

I keep forgetting that it’s still bathing suit season.  I always feel like there’s so much build up in May and early June and then by the time Independence Day comes around, the bathing suit eating is out the back door and I’m back to body by Bud.  I’m one of those people who just gets a craving and goes for it (read: pays for it later)…which would explain the extra spicy burrito I had for breakfast.  So now, three months into the almost-over summer, I’m setting off on my beach vacation with very little in the way of bikini-bod prep.  Enter glorious grilled veggies.  They are delicious and guilt-free.  Serve them along side grilled chicken or fish, or make them a meal on their own by wrapping them up in a whole wheat pita with a sprinkle of feta. They look beautiful and taste divine, and they save for several days, so they’re great for healthy snacking.  So go ahead.  Go the distance.  The frost will be on the pumpkin before you know it…

Veggie DeLite

Veggie DeLite

Grilled Summer Vegetables (serves 4 as a side)
1 large zucchini
1 large yellow summer squash
1 medium sized eggplant
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed about 2 inches
1 bunch scallions, cleaned and cut in half lengthwise
4 springs fresh rosemary, picked from stem and finely chopped
½ cup olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Prepare grill to medium heat.  Slice zucchini, squash and eggplant into thin slices lengthwise.  Toss all veggies with olive oil, rosemary, and a couple healthy pinches salt and pepper.  It may seem like a lot, but remember, they shrink up a lot when cooked.  Lay sliced zucchini and squash horizontally on grill.  Close cover.  Cook about 2 minutes per side, then turn.  You want the veggies soft but not broken down.  Repeat with all remaining veggies, turning every couple minutes, until all are cooked.  At last minute, taste for seasoning.  If needed, add salt and pepper.  Toss with lemon zest and serve.  These are great warm or room temp.

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