Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish

Grilled Summer Vegetables

I love grilled vegetables in the summer.  I also love when my kids eat grilled vegetables in the summer.  One of my favorite things to throw together is grilled zucchini and mushrooms.  They are dead simple, really healthy, and easy to get the kids to gnosh on.

I had one of those reusable grill baskets and I hated it.  I could never get it clean.  I found some thin grill toppers at Walmart and SCORED!  I love them and can wash them a few times if they dont get gunky.

Look at how tasty these veggies are – makes you want to lick your screen doesn’t it?

Grilled Summer Vegetables

You can substitute or add multiple vegetables in this – green or red peppers are great, asparagus or green beans are great, and summer squash can be added or substituted entirely.

Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish
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Easy & Quick Grilled Summer Side Dish


  • 3 medium zucchini (i dont recommend the giants for this - they're a little "woody")
  • 1 C sliced baby bella mushrooms (or whatever you have)
  • 3-4 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp your favorite garlic & herb seasoning (I use Wildtree - if your seasoning has salt, adjust how much salt you add above)


  1. Cut the zucchini into 1 1/2 inch chunks and add to a bowl
  2. Slice or quarter your mushrooms (depending on size) and add to the bowl
  3. Top with oil, salt & seasoning
  4. Mix well with your hands - best kitchen tools out there
  5. Grill on a grid (pictured above) or in a grill pan turning a few times until toasty.
  6. I usually put these on when my protein has about 15-20 minutes left.

On a side note – didn’t my pics turn out great?  Loving my new camera!

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Pineapple?

How to Clean a Fresh Pineapple

Me – well I used to be.

Spiky and intimidating, I was always under the impression that a fresh pineapple was more trouble than it was worth.  Canned pineapple was out, because for some reason it made my mouth itch…ick.

One day I had some fresh pineapple cut up from the grocery as an experiment.  I thought for sure I’d have issues with that also, but I didnt – and man was it good.  I learned something that day – an already cut up pineapple from the deli lasts ONE day…..and you just dont know when they cut it up.

How to Clean a Fresh Pineapple


So the next trip to the grocery, I stood in front of the fresh pineapple display and Continue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Pineapple?”

Carciofi Ripieni – Stuffed Artichokes Recipe

I love Food Network – its an addiction, almost as strong as my addition to recipe & food magazines.  Yes, I know I can find all of the recipes online, but holding that color photo of yummy food in my hand and curling up on the couch with my notepad and endless possibilities is so comforting.  Heck,I could be addicted to something more expensive, like Prada or Hermes….

Maddie and I were in the grocery today and they had some nice artichokes.  Maddie said “Lets make artichokes like Mario Batali.”  Challenge Accepted.

2 things – 1) I wasnt turning the oven on today – it was hot and 2) I had no fresh parsley….its okay – we improvised with the grill and some dried herbs – they were amazing!

Here’s the Recipe:

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Spicy Mexican Cabbage Slaw Recipe

This is another fabulous Tish recipe.  I need to get her bio on this site because her stuff is AMAZING!  She has a Zucchini Carpaccio recipe that will bring down the HOUSE!

I store mine in mason jars – THIS IS NOT a canning recipe.

There is a local restaurant that makes something similar to this – but this is way better and you control the spice and the ingredients – can’t ask for anything more!

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