Most of us know that the typical barbecue consists of meat, meat, and more meat. But what if you're a vegetarian? Does that mean that cooking on the grill is not an option? Of course not! Having family and friends over for a cook-out has become somewhat of a tradition over the years, and for those who have chosen not to eat meat can still enjoy a barbecue the same way those who eat meat do. Following are some great Middle Eastern recipes that vegetarians can easily prepare on the grill. And for those who do eat meat? These foods are so delicious I guarantee you won't realize you're not eating meat at all!
This is probably one of the easiest foods you will ever cook on the grill. Corn is cooked directly on the grill rack leaving some of the husk intact to protect the corn. Turn every few minutes and in about 15 minutes corn will be ready to plate!
Asparagus is probably not the first food you would think of when it comes to barbecue, but asparagus is one of the best vegetables to grill. First the asparagus is soaked in a marinade of olive oil, lemon, and mint and then grilled for about five minutes. This needs to be served immediately though, so if cooking this for a barbecue, make sure it is cooked last.
You can't have a vegetarian barbecue without the vegetables and I have got the perfect method for grilling them. In my grilled vegetable medley I use fresh veggies such as eggplant, onions, peppers, and zucchini. I drizzle them with olive oil, add salt and pepper, and once in foil they are ready for some heat!
Eggplant is a perfect stand alone veggie for the grill. I cut my eggplant into thick slices, about 1/2 inch each, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with cumin and some pepper and you have a veggie that is sure to stand up to any meat!
On a vegetable kebab you can use any veggie of your choosing. Kebabs are always fun at barbecues, especially if you plate the ingredients and let your guests choose the veggies themselves. Easy to make, they cook in a few short minutes, once the veggies are tender and slightly browned.