The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Vegetarian Summer Grilling

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As a new member of the McMillen Center for Health Education, I am excited for the opportunity to share my experiences and continue to learn and practice healthy eating habits. In this post, I will be looking at vegetarian grill options for you and your family to enjoy. During warm weather months, my husband and I love to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Since we love to cook together after a long day at work, grilling out is fairly common for us throughout the week. While he is a meat eater, I have been vegetarian for more than 15 years. We welcome our food differences because it gives us room to be creative with our meal planning.

Imagine that you were organizing a cookout, with the knowledge that you had people attending that did not eat meat. Gasp! What are they going to eat? The first things that usually come to mind are store bought veggie burgers or other meat substitution options as an easy solution for vegetarians.  While those are great options, on occasion, they can at times be overly processed and full of preservatives. Here is a great link to support this thought: Link to study People with gluten intolerance or soy allergies may also not be able to safely digest meat-substitute products.

Instead of looking to your grocer’s freezer section, I would suggest looking in the fresh fruit and vegetable aisle instead. Better yet, how about your own garden? The reward of learning to grow and prepare your own food is so valuable and something that we should pass on to our children.  My favorite warm weather foods for the grill are zucchini, squash and tomatoes. Shish-kabobs, grilled vegetable sandwiches and summer salads are a great way to enjoy these delicious and natural foods.  See this week’s recipe for a suggestion on how to simply prepare one of my favorite warm weather foods.

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