Eggplant Sammies

Looking for something besides burgers and dogs to throw on the grill this summer?  How about fruits and veggies?  Some of my favorites are zucchini, eggplant, peppers, pineapple, and stone fruits like peaches and nectarines

Here are some other healthy grilling ideas.

Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches:  

  • 2 large eggplants
  • Olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • one small handful of fresh basil
  • 6 oz cheve
  • One baguette
  • One large handful of spinach

Preheat grill to high. Cut eggplants into 1/2 inch thick slices, sprinkle them with salt and olive oil and set aside.  Slice red peppers into wide strips (you don’t want them falling through the grate) and sprinkle them with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Slice tomatoes.  Cut baguette in four pieces then slice them lengthwise down the middle.

Grill eggplant and peppers until they are soft and slightly charred – about 10 minutes. Remove your veggies to a serving platter and keep them warm.  Place the bread (inside down) on the grill and cook just until warm and grill marks have formed – about 2 minutes.

Assemble your sandwiches.  Spread the bottom piece of bread with an ounce or two of cheve (or your favorite cheese), then layer a few basil leaves, sliced tomato, eggplant, peppers, a few spinach leaves and the top piece of bread.  Serve with a green salad and maybe some grilled fruit.

*If you are avoiding dairy or gluten you could modify this recipe by using hummus instead of cheese, or stack your grilled veggies, herbs and tomatoes napolean style for a beautiful ap or side dish.

Healthy and Delicious Grilling

Firing up the grill this weekend?  Me too!  While the smell of sizzling burgers (especially over charcoal) is enough to bring the neighbors sniffing around your backyard, there are more artery-friendly options out there.  I’ve been experimenting with grilled veggies.

My personal favorites are the “holy trinity” of eggplant, zucchini and red pepper.  Slice them lengthwise, about a half-inch thick.  Grill for 5- 10 minutes per side on medium heat.  Toss them with pasta or a little goat cheese and you have a meal.  Save the leftovers for sandwiches and salad toppings throughout the week.   Here are some more healthy grilling recipes from Eating  The salmon and the peach sundaes both look yummy!

What’s on your menu this week?  Share your favorite grill (or other healthy) recipes with Anne and your Fluid team members.