You may think of grilling as an all-American pastime, but it's actually a popular cooking method used in cuisines around the world. That's because grilling adds extra zest to foods. In addition to providing the smoky flavors that emanate from the coals, grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in the vegetables and makes them taste extra sweet. Just about anything that sprouts from the ground or grows on a tree can be suspended over coals, including corn on the cob, zucchini, potatoes, onions, pineapples, mangoes, and portobello mushrooms.Make your next cookout an international adventure by experimenting with Asian-inspired tofu and soy-based mock meats. Some brands to look for include Lightlife, Gardenburger, Yves Veggie Cuisine, and Boca, which can all be found in the frozen-food section of most grocery stores. Also, Worthington has a large selection of canned faux meat chunks that are perfect for making kebabs. They are pre-cooked, so you only need to heat them for a few minutes.You can also add extra flavor to grilled foods by marinating them. Ideally, most foods should be marinated for at least three hours, but denser proteins like mock meats are best when marinated for up to 24 hours. Sealable plastic containers and bags allow you to "shake things up" without making a mess. If you're pressed for time, marinades can also be basted onto the veggies as they're cooking on the grill.We've assembled a collection of recipes from around the globe that are bursting with flame-grilled goodness. No need to buy a plane ticket-you can savor flavors from Baja to Bangkok without ever leaving your backyard.Fire-Up-the-Grill Fajitas Juice of 2 limes (4 Tbsp.)1 Tbsp. olive oil1 clove garlic, minced1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (for extra heat, don't seed the pepper before mincing it)2 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro2 tsp. chili powder1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you can stand it)1 lb. extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch strips2 ears fresh corn1 large red onion1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares12 cherry tomatoes4 large flour or corn tortillasGuacamole
Makes 4 servings Grilled Tofu With Tamarind Glaze 2 pkg. extra-firm tofuSalt and pepper, to taste2 Tbsp. nonhydrogenated margarine2 shallots, minced2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup ketchup 1/4 cup water2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar3 Tbsp. brown rice syrup or molasses 2 Tbsp. tamarind concentrate 1 tsp. cayenne 1 Tbsp. ancho chili powder 1 Tbsp. paprika 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
Makes 4 servings Tandoori "Chicken" Kebabs1 small onion, quartered1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup plain nondairy yogurt (try White Wave's Silk)1 tsp. fresh ginger, chopped 2 cloves garlic 2 tsp. coriander powder 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 whole cloves 1 tsp. cumin seeds 4 cardamom pods 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. garam masala 1-2 drops red food coloring 1 lb. faux chicken, cut or torn into chunks2 cups vegetables of your choice, diced for grilling (try sweet onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, green peppers, and mushrooms)
Makes 4 servings Grilled 'Chicken' With 'Honey' Lime and Chipotle Sauce1/4 cup fresh lime juice2 Tbsp. Just-Like-Honey (available at www.Suzannes-Specialties.com) 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped1 serrano chile or jalapeño pepper, minced1 chipotle chile, in adoboPepper, to taste1/4 tsp. cornstarch1 Tbsp. cilantro, minced1 lb. mock chicken
Makes 4 servings Grilled Pineapple 1 1/2 Tbsp. Just-Like-Honey (available at www.Suzannes-Specialties.com)2 Tbsp. dark rum 1 tsp. lemon juice 4 slices fresh pineapple 1 cup flaked coconut
Makes 6 servings Bowtie Surprise With Grilled Garden Veggies2 cups cooked red beans2 Tbsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing vegetables2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar1/2 lb. bowtie pasta4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsleySalt and pepper, to tasteItalian vinaigrette dressing1 small onion3 large tomatoes2 large zucchini3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
Makes 6 servings
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