Saturday, October 17, 2015

3 Delicious Grilled Vegetable Recipes Perfect for Weight Loss

Grilled Vegetable Recipes for Weight Loss
If you want to take a break from the usual salads and steamed vegetables, fire up your grill! Grilling lets you do more with the food you have, plus it won't get in the way of your weight loss journey because it's yet another healthy way of preparing food. If you want to stick to a fruit and vegetable diet plus other weight loss friendly foods like chicken breast and fish, throw them into your grill - you won't even feel like you're on a diet!

Here are 3 mouth-watering grilled vegetable dishes for weight loss that you can't afford to miss:

1. Mediterranean Style Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

What you need:
  • 1 loaf focaccia bread
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced into strips
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsps. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsps. Olive oil, divided

Place eggplant strips, mushroom slices and red bell peppers in a grill rack. Brush with olive oil then cook in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat. Grill until eggplant and mushrooms are tender and bell peppers are blackened. Set aside and allow to cool for a few minutes. Slice bread loaf lengthwise. Combine crushed garlic and mayonnaise to make the sauce and spread the mixture on each half of the focaccia bread. Peel, core and slice cooled bell peppers then arrange it on the bread together with the eggplant and mushrooms.

2. Grilled Chicken and Greens

What you need:
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
  • 4 zucchinis, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 tsps. masala, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine 4 tsps. masala, garlic, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Place each chicken breast half in an aluminum foil about 12 x 18 inches, then coat each with the mixture and sprinkle each piece with 1/2 tsp. masala. Place onion and zucchini slices on top of the chicken. Seal packets but leave room for heat circulation. Cook on a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes until cooked through. Serve topped with yogurt.

3. Classic Barbecue Grilled Vegetables

What you need:
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch thick slices
  • 6 mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3 zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Place eggplant slices, mushrooms, zucchini slices and red bell peppers in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine garlic, basil, lemon juice and olive oil. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. When ready, cook on a pre-heated grill over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through. Allow to cool before serving.

Aiming for weight loss is now a lot easier with these healthy and delicious grilled vegetable dishes!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grilling experience, reviewing various grill gadgets and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's page.
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