It’s hard to believe, but summer is right around the corner, so it’s a great time of year to spend as much time as possible outside in the sun!

Cooking on a grill directly heats the bottom of the food (the opposite of broiling), so there is a large variety of different foods that make great options to try.

When you think of grilling, meat is probably the first food that comes to your mind. However, there are a ton of other options, including vegetables, fruits and seafood! You can combine these food groups with the traditional meat you are grilling to create a delicious, healthy meal.

Here are a few tips to help you create a new favorite meal on the grill:

  • Best veggies to grill: Peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, corn, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, carrots and green beans. Cut the veggies to your desired size and season them. Then, place in a grilling pan, on kabob skewers or in tin foil that can be placed right on the grilling grates.
  • Best fruits to grill: Watermelon, peaches, nectarines, cherries, pineapple, pears and grapefruit. If you choose to use larger cuts of fruit, they can be placed directly on the grill grates. Pineapple rings, peach halves or large pieces of grapefruit are great examples.
  • Seafood on the grill: Almost all seafood can be placed directly on the grill grates. Smaller pieces, like shrimp, can be put on kabob skewers or on a grilling pan.

Next time you decide to grill out, try one of these delicious recipes from our Meal Ideas site!

Black Bean & Corn Burgers

Teriyaki Beef Kabobs with Pineapple & Peppers

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Lime Crema

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