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Grilled Veggies for a Healthy Low Carb Diet Menu

Updated on November 12, 2010

Healthy low carb diets

Why heat up your kitchen when you can cook an entire meal on the grill as part of a healthy low carb diet menu? There are many types of fresh vegetables available year round, and most of them are especially tasty when grilled. Just about any food tastes better when cooked outside! The possibilities are almost endless, but here are a few of my favorites:

Grilled green beans – For this, you’ll need a wire grill basket, like the kind used to grill fish. Soak fresh beans in salted water for about an hour, then spray them with butter or olive-oil flavored cooking spray. Fill the wire basket with beans and cook over a slow grill until just tender-crisp. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning and herbs before serving.

grilled whole onion
- Peel and remove the core from a large sweet onion (I'm from Georgia, and we like Vidalias), leaving about an inch at the bottom. Remove a tiny
slice from the bottom of the onion, just enough to provide a flat surface so that it will stand on the grill. Fill cavity with one cube of beef bouillon and butter. Wrap in heavy aluminum foil and grill until tender. This is a wonderful low carb diet menu item that’s great with beef.

yellow squash and zucchini - Wash and cut fresh squash lengthwise into 1/2 inch planks. Brush with cooking oil and sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper, and onion powder. Brown on both sides. This low carb diet menu dish is a great complement to just about any type of flesh.

large tomatoes - Wash firm tomatoes and cut in half. Brush cut side with oil and sprinkle
with garlic salt, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Top with a slice of mozzarella or provolone cheese. Grill until cheese melts and tomato is heated.

veggie kabobs - Soak wooden skewers in water for two hours to prevent burning. Thread cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and one-inch chunks of onions, squash, bell peppers, and
zucchini. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic salt. Grill on
both sides until brown; actually, I prefer mine a little charred.

eggplant - Wash and peel medium sized eggplant. Cut into 1/2 inch planks. Soak in salt water for about an hour, or longer for eggplants that have a lot of seeds. Remove from
brine, pat dry, and brush with oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder,
and parmesan cheese. Grill until brown on both sides.

vegetable medley - Wash and cut fresh veggies into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Use any combination of onions, squash, bell peppers, potatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, or egg-
plant. Add broccoli florets, whole Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or whole cherry or grape tomatoes. Make a heavy foil pouch to place vegetables in. Spray with flavored cooking spray, and sprinkle with your choice of seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, and/or parmesan. Close pouch tightly and place on grill, steaming until desired tenderness. This makes a beautiful, colorful side dish. Serve with meat, or sprinkle shredded cheese on top for meatless low carb diet menu offerings.

Grilled vegetables add a delicious, attractive, nutritious accompaniment to any meal. It's easy and fun, and even folks who don't particularly like veggies will be tempted by the smoky aroma and the variety of colors and textures. Experiment with your favorite vegetables and seasonings - it's almost impossible to make a mistake. You're sure to come up with your own family favorites in no time. Grill a piece of meat, fish, or poultry at the same time, and you’ll have a great low carb diet menu!

Grilled veggies can be a tasty part of a low carb menu.
Grilled veggies can be a tasty part of a low carb menu.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thank you for these ideas. It is not always easy to come up with a side dish for a "braai" as we call it in South Africa. These ideas will sure come in handy

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      ICDogg 5 years ago

      not really low carb, though. Those veggies are all relatively high-carb.

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sammy, thanks for the warm welcome!

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      Red Elf, thanks very much!

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      @ Nellieanna - I really appreciate that! My mom is the bomb, but I might be a wee bit biased.

      I love grilled anything, especially when I'm eating low carb foods.

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      @ Denise - thanks a bunch!

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      @ Randy - actually, cheese is good melted on the veggies!

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mekenzie - thanks a lot for reading my first hub!

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      mocrow 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Mom!

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      Sammy 7 years ago from Australia

      MMMM! Yum, I love veggies! :) I hope there are recipes to come! Welcome to the crew! SF

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Sounds yummy! Welcome to HubPages. I look forward to reading more from you - especially if you have some more great recipes like this one!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I love your healthy food ideas. I'm a fructivore/vegevore. LOL - I eat lots of other things but I really keep the fresh produce major % of my daily diet. Yummy ideas you've shared. (And I admire your mom, too!)

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      YUM! I love grilled veggies and have actually been doing much more 'vegetarian' dishes as a main course now.

      Welcome to Hubpages. Hmmmm, your profile photo is very young--are you sure you are old enough to be here? LOL

      Nice job on your #1 hub. :)

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      What? I figured your first hub would include cheese of some sort! LOL! Not a bad hub for a girl!

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great Ideas .. now if only summer would hurry up and come back. lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is great for your first hub! Hmmm...I think I've eaten these grilled veggies somewhere...lol!!