Switch things up this barbecue season by serving up delicious, healthier grilled vegetable appetizers instead of the usual heavy calorie-laden fare! Your guests will still love it and you’ll be doing them a favour. I know I’m doing myself a favour by making this change!
A few months ago, my doctor sounded the alarm: my cholesterol level was a little bit high. Since this disease runs in my family, she did not want to take any chances. She asked me to make some changes to my lifestyle to control and avoid any bad surprises in the future. I had to eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more. So I signed up for boot camp classes (because I like challenging myself) and made changes to my diet.
I cut back on meat and increased my veggie intake. Now that BBQ season is in full swing, we’ll be hosting our share of fun gatherings on our deck. I wanted to come up with an appetizer that fit my new lifestyle and took advantage of all those delicious fresh veggies in the market now. What did I come up with? Grilled vegetables!
In the past, whenever someone mentioned summer appetizers, I always pictured dips and rolls, mayo-heavy macaroni or potato salads, etc. But now, I picture grilled vegetables. They make a perfect healthy appetizer, ready in no time. Add some delicious Blue Dragon Canada and Patak’s Canada sauces, and you will be in heaven! Trust me! You, your family and your guests will devour these easy to make appetizers: grilled asparagus with curry paste and grilled carrots with sriracha sauce! Mouthwatering, right? ! They are the perfect appetizer for your BBQ meals! Bonus, you can grill them directly on the BBQ!
Grilled Carrots with Walnuts and Thai Sriracha Chilli Sauce
- Six carrots are peeled. I do not recommend baby carrots, nor large carrots. Try using medium sized carrots from your farmer’s market. They have a delicious flavour.
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- salt to taste
- 1/3 cup of walnuts
- fresh thyme
- Two tbsp of Blue Dragon Thai Sriracha Chilli Sauce
- Heat the BBQ.
- Cut the carrots in halves, lengthwise.
- Coat the carrots with olive oil and Thai Sriracha Chilli Sauce.
- Sprinkle with thyme
- Transfer into a parchment paper onto a dish safe for BBQ. I used the grilling tool showcased above.
- Grill for few minutes
- Transfer into a serving dish
- Sprinkle with walnuts
It is so good. The Thai Sriracha Chilli Sauce added that much-needed kick to the carrots. It is not spicy. It is just full of flavor and so easy to make. Make sure not to grill over as you want the carrots to be crunchy but not too crunchy! Now let’s see how you can make the second appetizer.
Grilled asparagus with curry paste
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 medium shallot minced
- One bunch of fresh asparagus, trimmed
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp of Patak’s Canada Mild Curry Paste.
- Put the asparagus in a dish
- Coat with olive oil and curry paste
- transfer the asparagus and the shallot onto a parchment paper, into a safe grilling cookware
- grill for few minutes
- Transfer into a serving dish and sprinkle with cheese.
Enjoy! Isn’t it delicious and easy to make? I am such a huge asparagus fan, and I cannot get enough of this yummy dish! The curry paste added a delicious kick to it! It makes a change from the regular grilled asparagus with lemon!
While I grilled these veggies on the BBQ, you can use your oven if you don’t have the proper grilling dish or for those rainy days! It is as delicious! While you have the grill out, try this Grilled Tofu Tikka Masala as a main dish!
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What is your favourite appetizer during the summer season?
Disclosure: I am part of The Cultured Kitchen Ambassador program in partnership with Patak’s Canada and Blue Dragon Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.