Fresh Fridays 
still time to grill
With Labor Day just around the corner, it's easy to fall into thoughts of putting summer away until next year. But don't pack up your grill just yet. Instead, fire it up and get to work coaxing delicious flavors from fresh, late season vegetables.


Grilling is central to many basic Mediterranean Diet foods including kebabs, seafood, toasted breads and bruschetta, and even pizzas. And it's a great way to expand your vegetable repertoire. A grilled eggplant or a zucchini is amazingly tender, smoky, and succulent, and a grilled Portabella mushroom has enough taste to satisfy a confirmed carnivore.

  • To boost flavor, brush the vegetables lightly with a good quality flavored olive oil. You can find varieties ranging from chipotle to garlic at your local supermarket. And sprinkle on a bit of fine, aged Balsamic vinegar, too. 
  • Rub the grill grate lightly with a paper towel dipped in olive oil to keep food from sticking and get into the habit of scrubbing the grate after a meal, when it is cool enough to handle, so you'll always be ready to cook something.
  • Allow enough time for the grill to reach the right temperature. A gas grill can take 15 minutes to preheat, and cooking over charcoal or wood can take 30 minutes for the coals to reach the perfect white-hot status. And if the weather makes grilling outdoors impossible, come inside and fire up your oven broiler. It will provide good results, too.

 Here's a selection of recipes to toss on the grill now.  Happy Labor Day!


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Grilled Corn on the Cob Grilled corn on the cob
with Chipotle and Lime Juice
Do you always steam corn on the cob? Grilling it
brings out the sweet flavor. Dress it up a bit by
seasoning it with chipotle oil and fresh lime juice,
and if you wish, add a dusting of grated cheese.  
Grilled Tomatoes with grilled tomatoes

Balsamic Vinegar 

Dealing with a bumper crop of tomatoes has
never been easier. Just toss them on the grill!

Important tips: Choose tomatoes that are firm;
cut them into thick slices; and just before eating,
brush or drizzle them with the best aged balsamic vinegar you can find. 

Grilled Zucchini grilled zucchini
with Vinegar and Mint
When cooked quickly over a hot fire, zucchini
develops a lovely smoky flavor but still retains
its texture. In this recipe it's tossed with balsamic
vinegar and mint, to create a side dish to go with
absolutely anything.  
Black Bean, Lentil and Mango Salad Black bean lentil salad
One of the keys to healthy, economical Mediterranean-style eating is finding ways to
include beans throughout the week. This tasty
and easy salad pairs two protein powerhouses-
black beans and lentils.


Fresh Fridays is a bi-weekly celebration of Mediterranean eating and living. We hope our Friday recipes will remind you just how easy and delicious eating the Mediterranean way can be.

To find even more delicious Mediterranean recipes please visit:   

 Mediterranean Foods Alliance (MFA) 

12 great ways to use blueberries

34th Annual Greek Festival
St. Demetrios Greek
Orthodox Church
Union, New Jersey
September 8-11, 2011

In addition to delicious Med Diet foods such as moussaka and Greek salad, you can sample some retsina or ouzo and try your skills at Greek dancing.


Mediterranean Grilling

Mediterranean Grilling
by Diane Kochilass

Take a few grilling lessons
from a Greek cooking expert.
This highly readable book
will inspire you to try new
ways to make kebabs,
cook vegetables, and use
marinades for maximum
flavor with minimal fuss.