During grilling season, the irresistible aroma of food slowly cooking on the coals evokes a desire to share and enjoy outdoor meals. But let’s try moving away from traditional meaty and fattening options and go in a healthier and even more delicious direction. Try grilling seafood and vegetables the simplest and healthiest possible way, Mediterranean-style. We just need a bit of extra virgin olive oil and salt to compliment the natural flavors of the grilled items, but feel free to add some balsamic vinegar and garlic.
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/6 of platter | Calories: 274 | Previous Points: 6 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 230 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 26 g |
- 1 large bell pepper (preserved grilled peppers in bottles can also be used – 1/2 cup)
- 1 artichoke, cleaned, chokes taken away and halved (preserved grilled artichokes in bottles can also be used – 1/2 cup)
- 1 eggplant, sliced lengthwise
- 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 whole fish of about 1 pound, gutted but with scales on
- 2 – 4 large shrimp
- 2 medium or 1 large squid
Artichokes and bell peppers need more time in cooking so cook them much ahead or just use bottled ones that that are preserved in oil.
If you are using fresh artichokes steam them first for about 20 minutes before putting them on the grill. After grilling, cut them to quarters.
The pepper should be grilled whole, with the skin and seeds intact. When it is cooked and look charred, put it in an airtight container for about 30 minutes or until the skin easily slips away from the pulp. In this case, take away the skin and the seeds inside then slice.
On the grill, cook the eggplant and the zucchini until cooked through. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar,1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic and parsley. Pour this mixture on the grilled vegetables and mix. Set aside.
Grill in order: fish, squid and the shrimp. When they are cooked, drizzle them with remaining extra virgin olive oil and the salt. Arrange the grilled seafood and vegetables on a big platter and serve immediately.
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