Cooking with Oil – Grilling Veggies with Olive Oil

So I’ve taken a break from my salad kick for a bit to focus on other ways to incorporate even more veggies in my fitness challenge diet since everything doesn’t work in a salad (for me anyway).

I started looking into grilling vegetables, nutrient content, and if it would affect the taste negatively.

I came across a grilled zucchini recipe HERE, one thing led to another and I decided to start with carrots and cucumbers.

Carrots are full of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and other great nutrients for hair health while cucumbers contain a good amount of vitamin K.

I went into more detail about the goodness of beta-carotene in this earlier article.

I live in an apartment so all my grilling is done indoors on my favorite stovetop grill pan, similar to the Lodge Cast Iron Grill.

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Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle

Grilled Vegetable

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized carrot
  • 1 medium-sized cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of Cajun spice rub
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Cilantro for garnishing (optional)

Directions 

  • Slice the carrot into 4 parts and the cucumber into smaller parts. You can make them bigger if you like. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, black pepper, Cajun spice, sea salt, ginger powder and garlic powder.
  • Whisk then drizzle over the vegetables. Make sure all the veggies are covered with the marinade. Then set aside for about ½ an hour.
  • Pre-heat the stovetop grill pan on a medium heat setting then place the veggie slices on top.
  • I cooked for about 5 minutes on each side. You can cook for a longer or lesser time depending on your tastes.

I loved the end results. Crunchy with a smoky flavor.

This was my first time trying this so I started simple and plan to be a bit more adventurous next time around and probably include even more veggies.

Below are pictures of the veggies in the marinade and after grilling. I ate them with pan-seared salmon and pine nuts.

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You can play around with almost any vegetable and marinade mix. Other grilled veggie recipes I will be trying out later on:

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