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5 Easy Ways To Make Vegetables The Star Of Your BBQ

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Most eco-conscious people are aware that eating less meat is good for the planet. But in practice, keeping away from meat can be easier said than done, especially during summertime--the season of outdoor grilling and backyard barbecues. Part of the reason it's so hard to turn down meat in favor of veggies is because most people are never taught how to properly prepare vegetables. 

But rest assured, it's no more difficult than preparing meat! In fact, the best way to make vegetables delectable is to treat them as if they are meat. This handy list of tips can help you create veggies so delicious, even hardened meat-eaters will be begging for seconds. Even if one of those meat-eaters is you! 

Select flavorful vegetables.

Just as one might consider which cut of meat to prepare for dinner, vegetables should be carefully selected for maximum flavor potential. When cooking veggies for summer get togethers, avoid watery or bland veggies, such as potatoes, turnips and cucumbers. Instead, choose veggies that can be prepared in a variety of ways and produce a bold array of flavors. These include bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), onions, tomatoes, asparagus, and yellow squash. 

All of these can be baked, grilled, sauteed or combined into salsa. With these veggies, you will have the potential to create dishes with as much punch as any traditional burger or brat. They also have the added advantage of looking as great as they taste--their bright colors and pleasing, varied aromas make it hard not to be tempted.