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Grill Masters in the Mitten

This feature was created in conjunction with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Photo courtesy of A Healthier Michigan.

Summertime in the Mitten means many things, but one of the most delicious is the many barbecues and grilling sessions that feed the summer belly. The obvious grill essentials include delicious ribs, steaks and grilled chicken. Holding those as constants, or perhaps you’re a vegetarian and love some grilled tempeh, there is the added bonus of Michigan’s vivacious fresh vegetable selections. Make sure you’re keeping your grill clean the whole time, as all the vegetables in the state won’t keep you healthy without a clean grill.

In order to keep variety fresh and exciting, utilizing one of the many farmer’s markets that scatter the state is a great way to introduce variety into this important Michigander pastime. In an earlier Awesome Mitten feature, we introduced some “Farmers Market Fallacies” where we explained Why the Produce You’re Buying Isn’t As Good As You Think, but now it’s time to look at what’s good for grilling in July and August.

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Photo courtesy of A Healthier Michigan.

It is important to remember all colors for a balanced diet, and thankfully Michigan offers many options in that arena. Just make sure to keep in mind what is in season because those are the veggies that are going to serve your body the best. Once you know what is in season, it is time to seek out a farmers market that is both convenient and chock full of those elements that are going to improve your health this summer. Maybe you’re the ambitious type and you can even grow these veggies in your backyard. How great would that be? Pick and grill.

In the coming months, the following fresh fruits and veggies contain lots of great nutrients and would be good to grill, or accompany your grill favorites:

  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet corn
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Varieties of squash
  • Tomatoes

Now, if you don’t have a grill, we have some great recipes for the abundance of the harvests in the Mitten. Now it’s your turn! We want to know what you like to make on the grill with the bounty that can be found in your garden and at farmers markets. So Mitten-lovers, what’s grilling?

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