Now that barbecue season is around the corner, I've already started planning my backyard's look and feel for this summer. When we've got a gorgeously set up backyard, who needs a vacation? I love it when I wake up and see the gorgeous flowers outside and the beautiful birds flying by in the morning...so serene!
In addition to beautifying the outside of my home, this year I'm planning on trying different things on the barbecue. By that I mean, I'm planning on grilling things I've never tried grilling before...Not sure where that's going to take me, but I guess I'll find out when the time comes.
Last summer I grilled a few different vegetables on the barbecue, some of which came out surprisingly better than others. Especially surprised I was with the roasted carrots for instance. This is a trick my friend Arshia taught me. I would buy a bunch of organic carrots from the farmer's market (organic is best because the carrots are usually thinner and therefore cook faster), drizzle them with olive oil, salt, pepper. wrap in foil paper and barbecue for 30-45 minutes covered, turning every once in a while to ensure all sides are well roasted.
Other great veggies I've tried grilling last summer are yellow & green zucchinis, onions, eggplants, mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and carrots, of course!
With each of these vegetables, I've always used the same grilling practice: drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and spices. My choice of spices differed at times however. Sometimes I'd use salt, sometimes I won't. Sometimes I'd add cumin and turmeric. Other times I'd sprinkle the veggies with paprika or even chili flakes! I guess it all depends on what you like. Experimenting with herbs is another great way to add flavor to your roasted veggies. Try oregano, rosemary, thyme or even minced garlic! All of these ingredients work tremendously well with roasted vegetables. It is up to you to try them all and decide for yourself which variations you like most!
If you have any other ideas to share with me, I'd love to hear from you. Simply leave a comment below and let me know what kind of veggies you've roasted in the past and how you love to dress them up!