I almost think I need to belong to grillers anonymous. . . "Hi. I’m Gayle and I’m a grill-a-holic." If it can be made in my oven, it can only be made better on my grill. Kristin laughs at me about how much I read about cooking and how much I grill. Did I say how much I love my grill?!
But in all seriousness, grilling is an incredibly healthy way to cook. If you are grilling meats you are keeping in the juices you want and if you do it right, the fat just melts off. Aside from meat you can make some of the most amazing veggie dishes.
My favorite salad this summer has been one I’ve been making on my grill. I have a tiny garden and with our slow to start summer I finally I got to harvest my beets. Otherwise I’ve gotten beautiful beets from the local farmers market.
Fresh from the garden.
This picture is just me bragging. Aren’t they so friggin cute?!
Preheat your grill (give it about 5-10 minutes on high-assuming your using a gas grill).
I usually use a medium size bunch of beets. Use a potato peeler and peel the beets and cut into cubes (1-2”). Keep the greens, cut any big leaves to bite size. Give these a good rinse and set aside. Make a foil pouch, add your beets and drizzle with not more than a tablespoon of olive oil. Throw your pouch on the grill, about medium heat. Leave for about 15 minutes. Remove the beet pouch from the heat and set aside. Place a tin pie pan on the grill for 1 minute to warm then toss in your damp greens for 1-2 minutes to wilt.
Put greens on your plate, top with the beets from your pouch and a couple of slices of goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Yummmm
Grilled beet salad. Yum!
I hope I have inspired you to be a little more adventurous on your grill. And if I haven’t bored you silly and Kristin lets me come back I may share my grilled pizza recipe with you.
______________________Gayle Emmich is a foodie and crafty living in SE Portland, with roots in Mississippi. You can find her mixing drinks weekends at New Deal Distillery, helping friends with their local businesses, and compiling recipes for her community dinners. Wanna be on her email list to hear about up coming dinners? Sure you do! Just email her at lulaharp.pdx at gmail dot com.