Grilled Zucchini and a $500 Grill Lover Giveaway

by heidi on August 5, 2013

When the garden overfloweth, it’s time to heat up the grilleth for a turneth on the coals-eth and a dish of Grilled Zucchini. And a $500 Grill Lover giveaway.

Grilled Zucchini | foodiecrush.com

Zucchini are the David Copperfields of the vegetable kingdom.

One minute you’re grazing your garden for something to pluck for dinner only to gaze upon 3-inch still-room-to-grow zucchini when BOOM! With a slight of mother nature’s hand that cute little mini squash has suddenly turned into a 4-pound gargantuan with enough flesh for 324 loaves of zucchini bread or 41 stuffed zucchini boats.

That’s veggie magic folks.

Or it’s just one snack for a dog with a penchant for poaching whatever is closest to the edge of the kitchen counter.

Chewy

It can really go either way. At least Chewy makes healthy choices when he counter surfs.

This year while my garden is biting the big one and has apparently put it’s hypothetical green thumb back in its pocket, I’ve had to resort to visiting my friendly neighbor’s garden for harvest where a plethora of cucumber, tomatoes and even an artichoke grow.

But the dominatrix of the garden is the zucchini. Did you know the best way to plant cucumbers is three plants grouped as one? Well, my friend Sherrie heeded that same advice for her zucchini plant and SHAZAM! That plant found it’s steroid brethren and is producing enough offspring for my nice friend to be more than willing to share.

Grilled Zucchini | foodiecrush.com

Grilled Zucchini | foodiecrush.com

And now I’m sharing with you, in more ways than one.

First off, is my go-to Grilled Zucchini recipe, a standard at Casa del Larsen and a dish I can eat for breakfast (with eggs), lunch (with pasta or as the base of a sandwich on sliced sourdough that makes me beyond happy) or dinner (as a side to pretty much anything that’s put into my mouth.)

Grilled Zucchini with Goat Cheese and Pinenuts

Yield: serves 4

Grilled Zucchini with Goat Cheese and Pinenuts

Ingredients

2 large or 4 medium zucchini
Extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons oregano
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon plus lemon zest
3 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
1/8 cup parsley leaves

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill on high heat. Slice zucchini into thin strips lengthwise. Place in a shallow dish and coat with olive oil then sprinkle with oregano, kosher salt and black pepper on both sides. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes or until grill is hot.
  2. Grill zucchini for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until zucchini softens and grill marks appear. Remove to a platter, dress with a drizzle of more olive oil and a generous squeeze of lemon juice then top with goat cheese, pine nuts, lemon zest and parsley leaves and serve warm or at room temperature.
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Who can say “no” to pinenuts and goat cheese? Together. I am certainly not strong enough.

And secondly, to celebrate the dog days of zucchini loving dogs, I joined up with a few other grill-happy bloggers for the opportunity to win your own Grill Lover prize package.

 Grill Lover Giveaway

One winner will win the following:
An Amazon gift card ($225 value)
A Coleman NXT 200 Grill ($220 value)
An OXO Grill Set ($50 value)

To enter to win, kust enter your info in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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For additional chances to win, stop by the other participating blogs and see what grilling recipes they have in store.

Domestic Fits
Savory Simple
Taste, Love & Nourish
Pineapple and Coconut
52 Kitchen Adventures
Cravings of a Lunatic
The Beeroness
Bakeaholic Mama
Cooking Classy

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Rosetta August 5, 2013 at 3:09 am

Bellissimo quel cagnone, meraviglia delle meraviglie un cane che si mangia le zucchine… il mio gatto si mangiava dei piccoli pezzi di peperone ed era fantastico vederlo!

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Elizabeth G. August 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

I love grilled onions!

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Dorca M. August 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

Grilled hot dogs are my favorite!

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Susan H. August 5, 2013 at 3:45 am

I love grilled salmon. Thanks.

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Sabrina W August 5, 2013 at 4:02 am

my favorite grilled food is MEAT, steaks, chops, ribs. I am a carnivore.

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Susan H. August 5, 2013 at 4:07 am

I shared on Pinterest but Rafflecopter isn’t letting me paste the link. http://pinterest.com/pin/228417012323720117/

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Susan H. August 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

Finally worked. Thanks.

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Denise Fedor August 5, 2013 at 5:06 am

My favorite grilled food is chicken breast.

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Monica August 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

My favorite grilled food is marinated chicken. I make it all the time.

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Cindy Brickley August 5, 2013 at 5:22 am

I’m not fussy, I love everything cooked on the grill. Grilled pizza is awesome if you never tried it. I love this giveaway and need it!. We grill everyday and our grill is so dying.

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KL August 5, 2013 at 5:38 am

Fav is grilled veggies or fish

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 5, 2013 at 5:53 am

This grilled zucchini sounds like a total summer hit in my house! LOVE this!

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Trisha August 5, 2013 at 6:02 am

Looks delicious! will definitely be trying this recipe!!! xxxxx

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Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg August 5, 2013 at 6:18 am

Oh yeah, my kind of dish. The ingredients used are what I would do. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Yashica August 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

love love love bbq’d chicken and hot dogs!!!

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Anne Weber-Falk August 5, 2013 at 6:36 am

I really like pork ribs and chicken on the grill.

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JamieK August 5, 2013 at 6:54 am

A good old rib eye is what I love from the grill

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carol roberts August 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

mine is steak for sure

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Katie August 5, 2013 at 6:56 am

Grilled veggies, especially mushrooms are my favorite.

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Jean | DelightfulRepast.com August 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

Zucchini just might take over the world one summer!

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Jeannie August 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Love grilled chicken and veggie kabobs!

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SEAS August 5, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love grilled shrimp!

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Heather August 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

I love grilled Italian chicken with grilled vegetables!

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Stacey August 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

I love grilled vegetables.

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Tieghan August 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

I think grilled zucchini is the best, but my favorite thing to grill this summer has been corn, salmon and pineapple!

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steph@stephsbitebybite August 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

This sounds incredible!! I love the added peanuts! I think my favorite thing to grill is asparagus!

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Ashley August 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

My favorite thing to grill is pizza!

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Abby August 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

Grill me some corn and I’ll kiss ya for it.

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Corisa August 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

I love grilled pineapple!

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Heidi Babi August 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

It’s a toss-up between home-made burgers and steak. For some reason they just don’t taste as good made on anything but a grill.

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Shanna@ pineapple and coconut August 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

I am laughing so hard about zucchini being the David Copperfield of veggies. Its so true!! We grew huge plants in our garden in Oregon and wonder why no zukes were growing then all of a sudden we would find a giant one hiding under the leaves. I have pics of my kids holding them up to them and they were the same size! I always add goat cheese to grilled zucchini too – such a great combo!

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Stephanie G August 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

I love grilling any vegetables, portabello mushrooms are one of my favorites. I also love to do grilled flatbread and make up a quick pizza.

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Lily Sheng August 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

I love grilled corn!

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Sarah H.P. August 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

My favorite grilled food is pineapples!

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Jenny B August 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

I love grilled mushrooms.

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

Beautiful looking recipe!! And one lucky dog :)

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Beth Roberts August 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

My favorite grilled food is pork chops. They cook so quick on the grill. Ill even grill them in the winter!!!!!!

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Tracy August 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

I love grilled peppers, but at this time of year I’m all about grilled zucchini, so thanks for another serving idea!

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Denise Wilson August 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

Most everything is better grilled! I loved grilled veggies though.

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Arlene August 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

Was just digging around for a good grilled side dish to my chicken. Thanks!

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Kaitlin August 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

I love grilled vegetables! Especially eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and onions.

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ashley - baker by nature August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

Grilled sea food, for sure! And this grilled zucchini looks fabulous!

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Candice August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

grilled mushrooms

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CindyR August 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

Love grilled anything but can’t beat a grilled steak with grilled zucchini.

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Liz August 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

Steak, Hamburger or Chicken are all great on the grill. Nice giveaway. Thank you.

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Melissa August 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

I love grilled mushrooms and peppers!

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Shelly August 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

I love grilled chicken.

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Jill_R August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

Griling steaks is the best on the BBQ!
Nice giveaway, thank you!

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Britt August 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

Can’t go wrong with some grilled eggplant, asparagus or brussel sprouts. :)

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Lindsey August 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

Meats, and my favorite being marinated Tri-tip!!

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Deanna C. August 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

My favorite grilled food would have to be fresh wild caught coho salmon or fresh wild caught scallops. After grilling the salmon I would toss it on a salad made up of fresh organic greens and use a light homemade vinaigrette. Yummy!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

I love grilled zucchini and I could easily demolish that entire platter!

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amanda August 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

This looks delicious!

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amanda August 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

BRATS!

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Haleigh August 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

Making pizza on the grill is my favorite during the summer!

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Auntiepatch August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

Shrimp & steak are the favorites at our house! Thanks -

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Bri W August 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

What an awesome giveaway! My favorite grilled food is definitely eggplant. YUM!

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Cori August 5, 2013 at 11:16 am

My husband grills the best fajitas. He gets the peppers perfect every time!

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Angele August 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

This recipe. This week. Yum.

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Sunnie August 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I like grilled chicken and vegetables.

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theresa krier August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

i love grilled tilapia & sweet potatoes

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dana August 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

the picture of the pup with the zucchini – gold! great giveaway!

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Kim S. August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Mine would have to be bell peppers! But pineapple is a close second. :)

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Corinne August 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I love grilled pineapple and peaches! Yum :)

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carey August 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Asparagus!

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Terra August 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Can’t go wrong with grilled asparagus

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KristenB August 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I have been loving grill season this year! Zucchini, kebabs, and veggie burgers have been on the top of our recipe rotation!

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Leanne T August 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I love me a good seasoned Rib Eye Steak, one with a bone that I can gnaw on!

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elizabeth August 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Meat!! Tastes heavenly.

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Amy S August 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I love grilled mushrooms.

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rachel August 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I love grilled zucchini! {and it made me grin that we aren’t the only ones whose dog will happily snack on veggies}

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Stephanie August 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Zucchini and corn on the cob

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Carolyn G August 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

chicken

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Ellen M. August 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I absolutely love grilled shrimp! There are so many delicious ways to use it. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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Patti August 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Love a good burger or hot dog. Your zucchini is right up there too.

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Janine O August 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Hamburgers.

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Holly B August 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Veggie skewers with pineapple and chicken….is that too many kinds of food?

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Kelly G August 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Cheeseburger

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sarah k. August 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I love grilled chicken and corn, I’m going to need to try grilling zucchini it looks delicious.

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Eileen T August 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Corn! I love grilled corn!!

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Jenni2 August 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Would love to have it all !!!

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Ashley P August 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Lately, I am loving grilled Italian sausages.

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Des August 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Mmmm. I adore grilled zucchini. And I love that you paired it with goat cheese! PS. You should have your friend give you some zucchini flowers too ;-)

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Stephanie Gossett August 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I love my husband’s grilled pizza! It’s the best!

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Noel August 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

My favorite grilled food is my husband’s hamburgers. He makes the best burgers in the world.

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Ana August 6, 2013 at 6:25 am

Grilled chicken (Any kind) and all vegetables and fantastic on the grill!!

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Helene August 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

Zucchinis and goat cheese, that must have an amazing taste. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Helene August 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

My fav grilled food is chicken.

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Kristel Poole August 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

Yum, I love zucchini!

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Sarah Jane August 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

I love grilled pizzas, nothing better!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

Ooooo! I love grilled zucchini or grilled portabello mushrooms in the summer. I am now imagining this with a fried egg on top!!! Yum!

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Wendy Jensen August 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

My favorite grilled food, is grilled peppers, especially the red and yellow ones.

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Karen D August 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

It is zucchini…honestly! :)

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Janne August 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

I love grilled vegetables.

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles August 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

It has to be a steak. Grilled by my husband. He just knows how I like it! But I’ll gladly eat most anything when set to the grill fire. YUM!

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Johnna August 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Grilled pizza!

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Catherine August 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Chicken and corn … but everything tastes better grilled.

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Amber August 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

That looks so delicious, and a great way to cook zucchini! I love grilling corn, pineapple, romaine for shrimp salad, and chicken breasts. Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway!

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Frances G. August 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love grilling steak! We’re not even big meat eaters, but every now and then we need some grilled flank steak or our new fave, beef bulgogi. Yum!

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Michelle August 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

My favourites are grilled veggies and pizza – even better when the grilled veggies go on the grilled pizzas – perfection!

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Megan August 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

KEBABS!

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JulieD August 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I love your dog!! And grilled zucchini! :)

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anna pry August 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

i love grilled veggies or pineapple

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Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) August 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

My favorite grilled foods are shrimp, vegetable kebabs including cherry tomatoes, and sliced summer squash/eggplant.

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Danielle Adams August 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Oh I love steak and lots of veggies! Zucchini, eggplant, mushroom,asparagus and so many more!

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JC August 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Baby backs doing a slow cook on a grill – toasted buns for the burgs and dogs; crostini and marinated shrimp and veggies on skewers for apps; rib eyes and marinated chicken.

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Chelsea August 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I love grilled corn!

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Julia August 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I loved grilled salmon.

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Kathy @ Olives and Garlic August 7, 2013 at 8:08 am

I am such a sucker for grilled zucchini, onion and corn. I bought some beautiful zucchini at the farmers market the other day, guess what I’ll be having for dinner tonight. :)

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Hannah J August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

I love hotdogs on the grill!

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Katelyn August 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm

This grilled zucchini dish looks AMAZING!

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Robin Wilson August 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I love grilled chicken

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Lee Ann L. August 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, taters.

Thank you for a chance to win!

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natalie g August 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My favorite grilled food is asparagus.

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Shannon Stell-Winters August 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Grilled veggies! Steak! Salmon!

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Amber C August 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

my favorite thing grilled is a good steak. yumm

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Alison M. August 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

burgers, burgers and more burgers!

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Juli V August 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

I love any kind of grilled meat – hot dogs, hamburgers, steak, chicken… all so good. Eating them grilled add that extra flavor and makes it so delicious.

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sara August 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

I love grilled pineapple!

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Kathleen August 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

Our favorite grilled veggies are zucchini, sweet onions and red pepper with salt pepper and basil. My 8 year old will eat three whole zucchini this way! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks beautiful too.

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Sherrie August 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

My favorite grilled food is ribs and shrimp.

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Urban Wife August 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Grilled pineapple is great!

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Laura G August 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I’m a big fan of our local grocery store’s kabobs. So quick, easy, and tasty.

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Gail August 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Pizza

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Alix Brown August 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

we honestly cannot get enough of grilled veggies and zucchini definitely tops the list! we’ve also been grilling peaches with sea salt, fresh sage and a little pepper…the carmelized sweetness with the sage is an awesome flavor combo.

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Casey Stonecypher August 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

I love a grilled veggie sandwich. I had one at a restaurant here that was piled high with grilled zucchini, grilled tomatoes, grilled yellow squash. I never thought I would like it, but HOT DANG, it was fabulous. So now every time the husband has the grill out, my sliced veggies are going on it!

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Karen August 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

I love my buttermilk chicken thighs. We also do an awesome grilled pizza.

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Jennelle August 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

My fave grilled food is STEAK!

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ellen casper August 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I love grilled shrimp

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Kathy August 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

My favorite food to grill is salmon

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karel August 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

Hamburger, hot dogs and shrimp.

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Melissa R August 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Grilled mushroom pizza with carmelized onions is the best!

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Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life August 6, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Another zucchini recipe to add to the lineup! I love goat cheese! Your pup is adorable…mine steal veggies too. One steals tomatoes right off the plant. Can’t wait to try this!

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