Beat Summer Heat

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Here in Phoenix, when the average temperature runs around 110, we get a little sensitive about HEAT. We are so sensitized we can feel the heat from a light bulb inside the house, so you can imagine what stove top cooking does and we try to never use the oven in the summer.

When the sun sets, we fire up our grills and enjoy our family meals on the patio – ok, but it is still hot.

Grilling up some vegetable favorites one night, can be used for several lunches or dinners the following nights.

If you like a bitter lettuce, try Radicchio. Cut it into quarters, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with S&P. I use a small grill basket with holes in it to control the burning.

  • Remember veggies have a lot of water in them and need extra time to cook, so don’t put your meats on until your veggies are done, they can just hang out on your upper shelf to stay warm while you grill your meats.

Toss the grilled Radicchio with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and add crumbled Roquefort or Goat Cheese and toss.

Try grilled Eggplant. Cut into ½ slices and before grilling sprinkle with salt and let sit for a while, this will help draw out the water. Pat Dry and place on a low flame.

  • These will take some time to soften and you will have to stay diligent about flipping them so they don’t get too charred. This goes great with your grilled meats or salad. I take the left over slices and place them in a zip lock and toss them in the fridge.
  • The next day I will prepare a baba ganoush adding chick peas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and some salt and cumin, then hand blend it. This is a great side dish for meats.

Next try Sweet Roasted Mini Peppers, they come in bags at Kroger or Safeway, multi-colored mini sweet peppers.

  • I just throw them in the grill basket like the radicchio and toss them until they go limp, then I transfer them to the upper grill while I grill the meats. These go great with grilled meats or in salad. I toss the leftovers in a zip lock and use for sandwich toppings during the week.

Three easy grilling recipe ideas for helping you stay cool and nutritiously fed during these hot summer months! Enjoy!

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